There are plenty of diets available to try for those hoping to burn belly fat. A popular plan is the ketogenic, or keto, plan which involves eating foods low in carbs. It also focuses on eating foods high in healthy fats and with a moderate protein content.
What is the keto diet?
On the plan, slimmers will eat foods high in fats and low in carbs, Daniel Herman, fitness expert, told Express.co.uk.
He said: “A keto or ketogenic diet is a very low-carb diet (not no carb), which turns the body into a fat-burning machine.
“It has many proven benefits for weight loss, health and performance, as millions of people have experienced already.”
Following the plan helps slimmers enter into a state called “ketosis” which is thought to promote fat loss.
Daniel added: “The ‘keto’ in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called ‘ketones’.
“This is an alternative fuel for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply.
“Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs – that are quickly broken down into blood sugar – and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar.
“On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat.
“Insulin levels become very low, and fat burning increases dramatically. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off.
“This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy.”
What can you eat?
The plan allows slimmers to eat foods high in healthy fats including eggs, avocado, fatty fish and dairy.
Those trying to lose weight should avoid foods high in carbs such as pasta, rice, sugary fruits and sweet treats.
In order to get the best results, dieters must make sure to follow an important rule.
The expert suggested eating foods with less than five percent carbs for the best transformation.
Daniel continued: “As a basic beginner’s rule, stick to foods with fewer than five percent carbs, feel free to supplement with high quality protein powders.”
He also issued a warning over processed products that are described as being low in carbs.
“Be very skeptical of special ‘low-carb’ products, such as pasta or chocolate,” Daniel added.
“Unfortunately these products usually work poorly. They have prevented weight loss for loads of people.
“They’re commonly full of carbs once you see through the creative marketing.”