If the fat around your midsection makes it necessary for you to inhale deeply as you struggle to buckle your belt each morning, you’ve got reason to breathe easy. Although there isn’t a type of food or exercise that miraculously zaps the fat in this area, you can reduce your overall body fat and thus whittle your waist and back with some healthy lifestyle modifications. All it takes a little time and some attention to how you eat and exercise.
Try as you might, you won’t find a way to solely target your flank fat. It’s a misconception that you’re able to selectively burn fat in certain areas of your body. Fat loss takes place upon putting your body in a state called a caloric deficit. To reach this state, your caloric expenditure must be greater than your caloric intake. Attention to your diet and regular exercise can help you reach and maintain this state, which will result in fat loss from your midsection and other parts of your body.
Instead of searching for a food that you hope will burn your flank fat, focus on crafting a healthy diet full of nutritious foods that are low in calories, fat and sugar. The first step is to remove high-calorie, high-fat and sugar-laden items from your diet. This includes fried foods, sweetened drinks and snacks such as cookies and chips. These foods are calorie bombs that contribute little nutritional value to your diet and only make it harder for you to trim your problem areas.