If you are trying to lose belly fat, you are likely doing some research on the best ways to target belly fat, which is also known as visceral fat.
So what is visceral fat?
“Visceral fat is a type of fat that is stored within your abdomen,” said Cory Ruth. “It is sometimes dangerous because it can keep building up your body’s arteries and raise your risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and some types of cancers.”
She notes, however, that if you are working on your overall weight loss it will in turn lower visceral fat stores as it isn’t technically possible to directly target belly fat.
Of course, one of the main factors in successful weight loss happens to be nutrition. And one crucial part of nutrition intake to help you succeed in losing visceral fat is focusing on what you are (and are not) drinking. Certain beverages have been found to help lower visceral fat loss.
While adding these drinks to your diet isn’t a magic pill for weight loss success, they might greatly support your visceral fat loss goals. Keep reading for the best beverages that will help you reduce visceral fat.
1 — Green Tea
Pouring yourself some green tea during your day is an excellent way to help you start targeting your visceral fat.
“It will help boost your metabolism and is packed with EGCG, an antioxidant that some studies have shown to specifically target fat cells,” said Ruth.
2 — Apple Cider Vinegar
Drinking apple cider vinegar might help you achieve some visceral fat loss.
“Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar helps to improve metabolism and also decreases insulin, which might lead to weight loss,” said Ruth.
A study released in Biotechnology, Bioscience & Biochemistry discovered that participants who drank 1 tablespoon of ACV for a 3-month period had lost 2.6 pounds, and the ones that consumed 2 tablespoons had lost 3.7 pounds in that same time frame.
3 — Water
Yes, it could be as simple as drinking H2o! Water plays an integral role in your body’s process of burning fats (called lipolysis), so increasing your water consumption may help you get rid of extra visceral fat, as a 2016 study released in Frontiers in Nutrition discovered that better hydration was linked with weight loss.
4 — Coffee
Try sticking to black coffee, and it might help you get rid of that stubborn belly fat.
“Do not add a lot of half and half, but coffee has theophylline, theobromine and chlorogenic acid, which has a positive affect on our metabolism as well, which can lead to potential weight loss,” said Ruth.
In fact, a study done by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discovered that consuming four cups of coffee every day could decrease body fat by around 4%.
5 — White Tea
White tea is rich in antioxidants, which might be important for helping you lose visceral fat.
“Studies have demonstrated the antioxidants that are found in white tea might help prevent newer fat cells from forming,” said Ruth.