Subcutaneous fat is considered normal - in fact everyone has some level of it. The amount of subcutaneous fat you develop depends on genetics as well as lifestyle factors such as diet. It’s not considered as dangerous as visceral fat and can help protect muscles and bones, but quite often (especially when it appears as love handles) it’s unwanted. So what can you do to get rid of it?
Subcutaneous fat is not considered as dangerous as visceral fat but quite often it’s unwanted
Adding more high-quality protein to your meals can help you lose fat and maintain a healthy weight can help you get rid of subcutaneous fat, according to studies.
This is because protein helps keep you full between meals and may also help you reduce the age to snack.
In a study titled ‘Increased protein intake and meal frequency reduces abdominal fat during energy balance and energy deficit’ it was found diets rich in protein are more effective at reducing belly fat than diets low in protein.
Seven foods which are high in protein include:Eggs Poultry Lean meats Seafood Nuts Seeds Legumes
How to get rid of subcutaneous fat: Seven foods could help you reduce your love handles (Image: GETTY)
Eating more protein can also help get rid of visceral fat.
In studies, such as one titled ‘Quality protein intake is inversely related with abdominal fat’, people who eat more protein tend to carry less visceral fat.
Other diet changes you can make to help you get rid of visceral fat include eating more soluble fibre, limiting your sugar intake, limiting your alcohol intake, and avoiding trans fats.Eating more soluble fibre
Soluble fibre is found in oats, barley, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils, as well as many vegetables.
Eating soluble fibre has been