WHAT MAKES A MUFFIN TOP?

It’s easier than you think to blitz stubborn belly flab with our five-day fat buster plan…

As we get older, our extra kilos tend to shift to – and stubbornly stay put in – the abdominal area. Along with making us look flabby (and feel less than fabulous), a muffin top is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

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If you’re under a lot of stress, it can also indicate there’s a problem with the adrenal glands and overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol, which can raise blood-glucose levels. This, after a while, releases insulin that tells the body to store excess glucose in pockets of fat around the tummy.

Watch out for refined sugar and grains (the white kind), starchy carbs, as well as alcohol – all of which cause sugar spikes. These will cause your body to produce more insulin, and store fat around the middle.

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