Nigerian Diet For Flat Stomach (How to Lose stubborn belly Fat Fast!)
Having trouble with stubborn belly fat?
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!
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:
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 .
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.
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 , participants trained just their abdominal muscles for 6 weeks straight.
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)
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.
That's not all, One research study revealed that people who ate more high-quality protein foods had way less belly fat .
Another interesting study revealed that protein intake was linked to a lowered risk of belly fat gain over a 5 years period 
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)
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 
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.
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 [13, 14, 15].
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.).
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 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 [16, 17, 18].
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.
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 .
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 .
Because exercising helps in lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation and help improve your metabolism 
Now, what are the best type of exercise for reducing belly fat?
They are Weight training and HIIT.
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...
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 .
So stay away from adding refined sugar to your foods.
Reduces Stress Level
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 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.
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) 
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.
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.