You’re not alone on this one. Many people struggle with stubborn stomach fat. No matter how hard they try, it still hangs around like an unwanted house guest.

Although it’s difficult to focus your weight loss on a specific body region, we’ve got a few science-based solutions that can help you target your stomach and tighten your tummy. Try following these tips to reduce your belly fat but remember, ultimately, the best way to lose unwanted weight will always be a healthy diet and exercise.

Eat Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber—like that found in black beans, brussel sprouts, and avocados—slows down your digestion while absorbing water. Not only does this help better manage your insulin and blood sugar levels, but it also makes you feel fuller, so you don’t feel the need to eat as much.

Avoid Alcohol

There’s a reason they call them “beer bellies.” Alcohol is pure liquid calories and forces our bodies to work overtime. Instead of our livers working on burning fat, they have to burn the alcohol. Even worse, alcohol can bring on a terrible case of the “munchies,” causing us to eat more than we normally would. It’s incredibly difficult to track how many calories you’re inserting into your body when you’re drinking, so it’s best to avoid it as much as possible.

Reduce Stress Levels

We often think of stress as a mental issue, but it can take a toll on our physical bodies as well. High cortisol levels associated with stress can increase abdominal fat storage and amplify your appetite. Avoid high-stress activities if you can. If you’re feeling stressed out, try healthy breathing exercises like yoga.

Reduce Sugar

It’s probably no surprise that sugar is bad for you. What will surprise you is how much weight you can lose and how quickly you can do it by cutting sugar completely out of your diet. Easier said than done, we know. If all you can do is reduce your sugar intake by a marginal amount, that’s a great step toward eliminating that stubborn stomach fat.

Try Cool Sculpting

Cool sculpting is a permanent, non-surgical body contouring treatment that freezes fat, naturally eliminating it from your body. You’ll still need to adjust your diet to keep it off in the future, but cool sculpting is a great way to jumpstart the process.

At Options Medical Weight Loss, we offer a number of science-based solutions to help you reduce fat. From prescription weight loss medications to our metabolic InBody test, we have the services and support you need to lose that unwanted belly fat. Call us today to get on your weight loss journey.