At first glance, you might think that extra abdominal fat isn’t a big deal at all. However, carrying this extra weight around for a while might lead to some health issues.
Abdominal fat, which is also called visceral fat, is usually called the “harmful” fat because it wraps itself around the internal organs. And because of where the fat is positioned near your organs, it could lead to serious issues like heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
Thankfully, with a few healthy lifestyle changes to your eating habits and movement, you will be able to reduce your visceral fat.
According to Lauren Manaker, the author of Fueling Male Fertility and The First Time Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook, one of the best breakfast habits that shrinks unwanted abdominal fat is eating plenty of protein.
“Whatever you’re eating for breakfast, make sure to include at least some protein in your meals. From a full-fledged cooked breakfast to a fast protein smoothie that you sip on while you’re on the go, protein is a nutrient that could boost the satiety factor of your meal, ultimately helping you to eat less in the long run and potentially combat belly fat concerns,” said Manaker.
Continue reading if you want to know more about how protein could help you reduce abdominal fat.
How a high protein breakfast can help you shrink abdominal fat.
Research has discovered that diets higher in protein could help with your overall weight loss goals. For example, a study from Metabolism, Nutrition, and Cardiovascular Diseases found that participants who were already considered overweight or obese were able to lose fat and lower their cholesterol levels with a more temporary high-protein diet.
It was also discovered that the participants in the study that had a higher chance of developing cardiovascular disease lost more weight after eating diets that were higher in protein.
In a different study from Nutrition & Metabolism, researchers discovered that there is a strong link between quantity and quality of protein and the regulation of abdominal fats. They emphasize the significance of these findings, explaining that abdominal fat “is a big independent marker for mortality and disease.”
Author: Blake Ambrose