INBA Australia pro Cliff Higgs shares how to drop belly fat.
Dropping belly fat is a struggle many faces, especially men. Women store the most fat in their hips and thighs, while men store the most fat in their abdominal region. When men lose body fat, the last place they lose it is their stomach. It’s common for men to be lean everywhere but around their waist. Professional Natural Bodybuilding (PNBA) INBA Australia athlete Cliff Higgs shared tips to reduce belly fat.
In a recent Instagram (IG) post, Higgs disclosed how to get rid of belly fat. He’s a Natural Olympia amateur winner and silver medalist Natural Olympia pro competitor. At 2019 Natural Olympia, Higgs won the amateur 40s-plus, 50s-plus, and overall Masters in Men’s Physique. That qualified him for a PNBA pro card, winning second place in the Masters Physique division the following day. In the IG post, he stated the following commentary below to drop belly fat:
SOME STRAINS OF PROBIOTICS HAVE SHOWN TO BE PARTICULARLY EFFECTIVE AT HELPING REDUCE BELLY FAT IN INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ALREADY LIVING WITH OBESITY.
PROBIOTIC FOODS INCLUDE FERMENTED INGREDIENTS LIKE KOMBUCHA, YOGURT, KEFIR, TEMPEH, KIMCHI, AND PICKLES.
FATS HIGH IN MONOUNSATURATED FAT
DIETS HIGH IN MONOUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS MAY HELP REDUCE BELLY FAT AND HELP WITH WEIGHT MANAGEMENT.
LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF REFINED CARBS
LIMITING YOUR TOTAL CARB INTAKE OR SWAPPING REFINED CARBS FOR WHOLE GRAINS COULD HELP REDUCE BELLY FAT AND SUPPORT WEIGHT LOSS.
IN FACT, SEVERAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT EATING MORE WHOLE GRAINS IS ASSOCIATED WITH DECREASED BODY WEIGHT AND BELLY FAT. MORE SPECIFICALLY, STUDIES SHOW THAT LOW CARB DIETS MAY HELP REDUCE VISCERAL FAT AND BELLY FAT IN SOME PEOPLE.
LIMIT SUGARY DRINKS
THESE DRINKS ARE ALSO GENERALLY LOADED WITH FRUCTOSE, WHICH HAS BEEN LINKED DIRECTLY TO WEIGHT GAIN AND INCREASED BELLY FAT.”
Moreover, Cliff Higgs says that eating some oily fish and MCT oil is beneficial. According to him, omega-3 fatty acids are tied to less belly fat, and MCT oil can boost energy expenditure and aid fullness. In addition, MCT oil can help reduce waist circumference and weight loss. Higgs also suggested quitting alcohol and that heavy alcohol consumption contributes to weight gain, especially in your gut.
You can see Cliff Higgs’ full IG post below.
Losing Body Fat as a Natural Bodybuilder
Besides Cliff Higgs, many other natural bodybuilders have weighed in on their strategies for weight loss and body fat reduction. For example, 2021 INBA PNBA Iron Gladiator and INBA PNBA Clash of Titans champion Jordon James says that fasted cardio is the secret sauce for weight loss. Furthermore, 2021 INBA Natural Olympia Body Quest champion Laura Guzman lost 130 pounds through carb cycling. And top Natural Olympia competitor Marc Cheatham affirms that a “calorie is a calorie,” even if it’s healthy food.