How to lose weight: Avoid doing this ONE thing to shed belly fat

Although it’s the season to indulge, many fitness fanatics will still be focusing on their physiques.

Whether they’re going hard in the gym or sticking to a strict diet, many will still focus on their weight loss journeys.

But did you know it doesn’t always depend on your workout or what you eat?

According to Bupa’s UK Dr Luke James, burning belly fat might be a challenge if you’re not getting enough sleep – because you’re checking your phone.

“There are plenty of ways we knowingly keep ourselves awake at night.”

Dr Luke James

He said: “From scrolling through social media to having a late-night coffee, there are plenty of ways we knowingly keep ourselves awake at night.

“Aside from feeling tired and groggy the next day, not getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night can affect weight loss.

“When we’re lacking in sleep, our body’s hormones get thrown off balance which can impact our hunger levels the next day. We all have two hormones that affect our appetite: ghrelin and leptin.

“When we don’t get enough sleep, our ghrelin levels (the hormone that makes us feel hungry) rise, and our leptin levels (the hormone that makes us feel full) drop.”

Dr Luke explained: “This means that when we’re awake, we tend to eat more but feel less satisfied.

“Try going to bed a little earlier than usual to avoid this imbalance and remember to remove any distractions that might prevent you from nodding off.”

And you can even burn fat in your sleep.