Last Updated 02/05/2020

Having trouble with stubborn belly fat?

Good news! 

I'm about to reveal the perfect Nigerian diet for flat stomach.

And other equally powerful tips to help you get rid of stubborn belly fat Fast!

Lose belly fat


But first, it won't be out of place to let you in on some little-known causes of stomach fat in the first place. 

Causes of  Belly Fat 

Besides the obvious 'eating too much', there a couple of other reasons you might be having stomach fat problems.

Here are some of them:

1.Hormonal Imbalance

There is a big connection between Hormone levels and belly fat. 

For example, an increase in levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, leads to an increase in fat storage in the belly [1].

Because high cortisol level causes a drop in testosterone & insulin sensitivity and an increases blog sugar & insulin levels. Both of these imbalance causes more fat to be stored around the belly.

Also another hormonal imbalance example is the one that happens when a woman enters menopause.

The drastic drop in her estrogen levels, during this period causes more fat to be stored in the belly, rather than on the hips and thighs [23].

2.Too much Alcohol:

It's a well-established fact that too much drinking of alcohol can cause an increase in belly fat.

And there are several studies to back up this [23]. If you drink often, just cutting down on alcohol can lead to a significant decrease in your stomach fat.

3.Malnutrition & Illness:

Poor nutrition and malnutrition can cause serious belly fat.

For example, an extreme deficiency in dietary protein leads to Kwashiorkor ( an Illness that cause the stomach to swell abnormally)

Also, other health issues like fibroid and other causes swelling of the stomach.


You know some of the causes of belly fat, the next Important thing I want to cover is some familiar costly mistake most people trying to lose belly fat make....

Flat Stomach Mistakes 

Time and time again, there are some common costly mistakes I see people trying to shed their belly fat make.

Some of the most common ones are:

Mistake #1: Doing Thousands of Ab workouts: 

Most people make the huge mistake of doing thousands of sit up and other ab workouts.

Thinking they would somehow burn the fat in the stomach area. 

Well, Ab workouts only "build" stomach muscles and not "burn" stomach fat. Sorry!

There is No such thing as "spot reduction".

In other words... 

You cannot pick and choose the area of your body you want to burn fat in, unfortunately.

In a 6 weeks study [4], participants trained just their abdominal muscles for 6 weeks straight.

The results?

There was no measurable effect on waist circumference or the amount of fat in the abdominal cavity.

Mistake #2: Following the Wrong Weight loss Diet

Many people follow some crash or weird weight loss diet to lose their belly fat.

Of course, following those kinds of diet religiously would cause you to lose weight but not much fat.

That is, you'll lose little fat and plenty of temporary water weight and lean muscle mass. 

And in no time, you'll end back with all the stomach fat (and more).

Mistake #3: Too much cardio:

Cardio is good but too much can be very stressful on the body.

And as you know, stress can lead to hormonal imbalance in the body.

Mistake #4: Not being in a caloric deficit

If you do every other thing right including eating healthy, exercising and so on and you're not in a caloric deficit (i.e consuming fewer calories than your body needs) then you won't be seeing any results for your effort.

(Check out This weight loss post for more details on calorie deficit)

Bonus Download: Download Free PDF Document of over 100 Nigerian Foods and their Calorie content.

Gospel Truth About Losing Belly Fat

I'll be the unpopular guy and tell you the bitter gospel truth about losing belly fat.

Here it comes (gasp!)

There is no special way, shortcuts, secret exercise or magic diet for losing belly fat.

To get rid of belly fat for good, what works is the old, boring, time-tested weight loss strategies...

Which are... good old healthy diet, exercise program and proper stress management.

That said, I will be showing a few proven strategies that have been shown to target the fat in the belly area more than other areas of the body. 

Let's start with...

Nigerian Diet For Flat Stomach

To lose belly fat quickly, here are the types of foods that should make up your Nigerian diet 

High-quality Protein Foods: 

As you might be aware, protein is the most important macronutrient when it comes to losing weight.

Because protein foods keep you full longer, reduces cravings, boost your metabolism and help preserve lean muscle mass [5678

That's not all, One research study revealed that people who ate more high-quality protein foods had way less belly fat [9].

Another interesting study revealed that protein intake was linked to a lowered risk of belly fat gain over a 5 years period [10]

Some Nigerian foods high in quality protein include Egg, fish, Chicken, etc (I have compiled the complete list of High protein foods you can find in Nigeria Here)

Fibre-rich carbs: 

No, carbs are not the enemy.

Especially carbs rich in dietary soluble and viscous fibre.

These fibres slow down digestions and improve absorption of nutrients. Which can help keep you full longer and reduce your cravings [11

These fibres are can also be effective in cutting down harmful belly fat.

A 5-year long study showed a 3.7% decrease in the amount of fat in the abdominal cavity was linked to consuming 10g of soluble fibre daily[12].

These fibres can be found in most Nigerian vegetables and fruits, as well as legumes (like beans ) and grains (like Oats).

Omega-3 rich Fats

Foods rich in healthy fats in general not only taste delicious but help you lose weight when consumed in moderate amount.

Some studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acid, in particular, helps reduce the "more dangerous" type of belly fat (Visceral fat).

Some studies showed that fish oil supplement (they contain a significant amount of omega 3) significantly lowered the amount of liver and abdominal fat in people with fatty liver disease [131415].

Nigerian foods rich in omega-3 are mostly fatty fish (like salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc) and nuts (like walnuts)

Now, you know what kinds of foods to make up the majority of your Nigerian diet for a flat stomach, the next (equally important) things you need to know are...

Foods To Avoid For A Flat Stomach

If you're dead serious about achieving a flat stomach, here are the foods that should be off your diet:

Processed/Refined Carbs :

Highly processed carbs have been stripped off most of their fibre content leaving behind just plain sugar. And consuming them causes rise insulin and blood sugar level.

Which can, over time, leads to an increase in belly fat (including visceral fat, the most harmful kind of belly fat located inside your organs in your stomach.).

Side Note

There are two kinds of belly fat:

1. Visceral: This fat surrounds your organs.

2. Subcutaneous: This is fat sits underneath your skin.

Excess visceral fat is more harmful than excess subcutaneous fat.

Reduce intake processed carbs and replace them with whole foods or less processed foods.

Soft drinks:

Soft drinks are packed with liquid fructose (sugar), which can easily cause belly fat.

Soft drinks are said to be even worst than high-sugar foods because they are quicker to digest and easier consume more at a goal.

Studies show that Sugary beverages lead to increased fat in the liver. A 10-week long study showed that people who consumed soft drinks high in fructose had a significant increase in belly fat than those who didn't  [161718].

To lose the belly fat, you'll have to, as much as possible,  avoid soft drinks including diet sodas.

Diet soda drinkers have a higher percentage of belly fat than those who don’t drink it, a study in the journal Obesity found.

Fruit juice:

Drinking fruit juice is not the same as eating fruits.

Fruit juices are just disguised sugary drinks. They also fall under processed carbs.

Frequent drinking of fruit juice can also lead to an increase in belly fat [19].

Eat your fruit Instead. And if you must drink your fruit, make a smoothie.

Seed Oils & Vegetable oils:

They cause hormonal imbalances, inflammation and Insulin Resistance. All of which encourages fat to be stored around the belly area.

Use good oils like coconut oil, virgin olive oil, avocado oil and palm oil.

Best Type of Exercise to Lose belly fat

Exercising has been shown to not only to be effective in losing belly fat but also help in preventing you from regaining the belly fat [20].

Because exercising helps in lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation and help improve your metabolism [21]

Now, what are the best type of exercise for reducing belly fat? 


They are Weight training and HIIT.

1. Weight training

Weight training  (or resistance training) has been shown to increase testosterone in the body. And more testosterone equals less belly fat  [22232425].

Also, weight training leads to an increase in lean muscle mass, which helps in consuming and keeping off excess body fat.


Aerobic exercise (like walking, running, swimming, etc) has been shown in multiple studies to help in reductions in belly fat [2627].

And HIIT is the most efficient way to do Aerobic exercises. 

It's short and sweet!

Other Important Tips to Help you Lose Belly Fat

Once the basics are out of the way, here some extra tip that can give you a significant hand in shredding those belly fat...

Cut down belly fat using this oil daily

All oils are not created equal. 

Some studies have revealed that 30 mL (about 2 tablespoons) of coconut oil per day helps reduces belly fat slightly [2829].

Your best bet is to replace the vegetable oil you normally use now in cooking with coconut oil.

Avoid Refined Sugar at all cost

As I already pointed out, numerous studies have shown that excess sugar can lead to an increase in the accumulation of fat in both the tummy and liver [30].

So stay away from adding refined sugar to your foods.

Reduces Stress Level

Stress can trigger you to store belly fat.

Because stress encourages the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, the stress hormone.

And as we know it, high cortisol levels can lead to an increase in belly fat storage [3132].

So, try to keep stress under control and practice proper stress management.

Get plenty of deep sleep

Good sleep is not only important for many aspects of your health, but also important in dealing with excess body fat (including belly fat).

In fact, several studies have shown a direct correlation between sleep quality and excess fat.

Like this 16-year study[33] on 68,000 women found that those who slept less than 5 hours per night were significantly more likely to gain weight than those who slept 7 hours (or more) per night

In essence, to get rid of excess fat, try to get at least 7 hours of deep sleep. And try to always sleep before midnight for better quality sleep.

Move More

Moving more is cheat code to prevent and drop some serious weight (including belly fat).

One research study linked an 0.05-inch (0.13-cm) increase in the waistline for every 5-minute increment of sedentary behaviour (  i.e sitting or reclining) [34]

You don't always have to wait for exercise time before your move. Make the conscious effort to move more even it requires to set an alarm that goes off every now and then to remind you.

Be Patience

For the majority of people, their belly is the first part that starts increasing when they are starting to gain weight.

So it only makes sense that your belly fat will be the last to go when you start losing weight.

In essence, you have to be patient. 


There is no special weight loss diet, shortcuts, secret exercise or magic pills for losing belly fat.

To lose your belly fat you require the old fashion healthy weight loss diet, good exercise program, proper stress management and a good dose of patience.

I have also highlighted in this article some specific tips than particular help you lose your belly fat faster.

Leave a comment below, to let me know which of the tips you'll start using.

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  1. Thanks so much for this article but i have a question which is, is it safe for a breastfeeding mother to go with this if she wants to lose belly fats. Thanks

  2. Good day, I want to loose belly fat, but I don’t want to loose weight. i am not a fat person, but my belly is too big for my stature . I want it to be flat with out losing weight how do I go about this. Thanks I will be waiting for your response.

  3. Good day, I want to loose belly fat, but I don’t want to loose weight.i am not a fat person, but my belly is too big for my stature . I want it to be flat with out losing do I go about this. Thanks I will be waiting for your response.

    1. Well, that’s the question I tried to answer in the whole article.

      Just try and reread the article. Thanks

  4. Am doing this for my babe, each time I told her how much I love her, she’ll always reply by thanking me for loving her the way she is. The day I asked how she meant, she said “fat body” and that hurt my feelings. I asked why she was calling herself name, she said “but it’s the truth, look at my fat belly and body”. This is the reason am on a searching for ways. Please I hope this works for us because I believe that science is that which works. Thank you for the good work

  5. I’ll be using almost everything because I want a fast results…my belly fat was caused by after birth weight gain especially since I stopped breastfeeding…but I didn’t take serious, if I had known, I would have been watching my weight

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