In one study, obese women who followed a diet for eight weeks that was roughly 30% protein, 40% carbs, and 30% fat lost significantly more fat—including visceral pudge—than women who stuck to a plan that was 16% protein, 55% carbs, and 26% fat.
To give your body the building blocks necessary to creating lean muscle mass, which keeps your metabolic furnace burning high, include at each meal high quality protein (skinless chicken or turkey breast, tuna, cod, prawns, lean beef, buffalo, lamb, fat-free cottage cheese) or use the popular and tasty whey protein shakes.
That sour cherry is pretty sweet when it comes to your health. The results of a study conducted at the University of Michigan found that rats given high-fat foods along with tart cherries ditched nine percent more body fat than those in a control group over just 12 weeks. Cherries are also a good source of antioxidant pigment resveratrol, which has been linked to reductions in belly fat, dementia risk, and lower rates of macular degeneration among the elderly.
You can also consider buying a pedometer or downloading a step counter app on your smart phone. These will help track how active you are during the day and a good way to see how much you’ve increased your activity level.
Losing weight or belly fat takes at least twice as long as it took to put it on. If you’ve had excess fat around your middle for a year, you should give your body at least that long to get rid of it. Reduce your calories, eat more vegetables, eliminate or strictly limit simple carbohydrates, quit alcohol and all greasy foods. Walk for 60 minutes a day and weight train twice a week for 20 minutes each session.
You have to prevent your body from getting used to any fixed workout routine. Hence, you can switch occasionally. Try running for a change. It is an effective way to keep your heart rate up, burn calories, and lose belly fat.
By running, biking or rowing after you’ve hit the weights—when your body is already tired—the same speed or intensity will have a greater effect on your fat and calorie burn than had you done it beforehand.
This is a simple yet ultra-effective abs workout. Just lie on your back and lift your legs 45 degrees off of the floor. Squeeze your abs, lift your head and shoulders off the ground and pump your arms 100 times.
The bottom line is if you want to know what a pre-workout is supposed to feel like…if you want to experience the type of energy rush and performance boost that only clinically effective dosages of scientifically validated ingredients can deliver…then you want to try PULSE.
Tame your stress levels: I know it’s easier said than done and I wince at even putting this on the list and making you feel like you’re being lectured, but I’ve got to. There are a lot of things that we can’t change in life, but we can adapt and handle them better. Carve out a little time for yourself in the day and try to fill it with something that you enjoy that you find relaxing. Yoga, stretching, writing, reading, meditating – whatever it is, try to treat yourself to at least a little something that settles your mind when you’re feeling really stressed out. Stress can wreak havoc on health – not just on appearance or the storing of fat – and it should not be taken lightly.
Your articles are great. I agree with all you have said. I started my amazing journey in late September last year and am still going. I always excersize in a fasted state. Im 2hrs on the treadmill walking with 3-4min sprints every 8mins or so. I only eat 1 cucumber,1 avocado and a celery soup each day. I just made up my own diet and it worked for me. Ive lost 40kg. Just about to start weight training though so will have to change my diet now. I dont seem to have lost much muscle mass so far but this is the first week I have felt tired so Im thinking that could be a sign. I had been researching cosmetic surgeons for excess skin, but now I think I will see what I can achieve on my own first. Wish me luck. Poppy
I know I’ve done well by losing a load of weight already and at times it has been extremely hard, but rewarding as my fitness level has improved ten-fold, but my belly fat percentage is getting me pretty low.
I have been trying to identify the reason but honestly I am lost. I have followed the same workout routine (4 days a week weight training + 4 – 5 days cardio) which was supposedly designed to maintain muscle while on caloric deficit.
First of all, thank you for sharing all your knowledge with us. Now, I have two questions, the first one is that I’m currently cutting and I want to consume Phoenix but at my work we are randomly tested for alcohol and drugs every now and then so I’m worried that if I consume it one of those test may come up positive due to the stimulant nature of some of the ingredients contained on the product. And the second question is, if I exercise in a fasted state and drink coffee as a pre work out, does that coffee overrides the fasted state??
What’s happening, Mike? I’m pretty lean, around 11-12 BF% where you can see the outlines of your abs under right lighting/shadowing but not truly visible under you get under 10%. I have been making adjustments to my nutrition by using smaller plates for breakfast and lunch but use bigger plates for dinner where I tend to eat a bit more. Force of habit, I’m afraid. I eat low-calorie, nutrient dense foods like an apple for snacks because they packed with fiber which helps with hunger for a while. Plus drink water and when I can’t stand the taste of plain water I add stevia to add some flavor since stevia has no effect on blood sugar. I eat breakfast before working out. Should I wait 30-60 minutes before working out to let the food settle? I don’t get stomach discomfort but my life is hectic with work and family. I am single, if you must. I rarely drink alcohol and when I do I drink it’s usually Angry Orchard hard cider or Mike’s Hard lemonade though it’s not actual lemonade. Lol. I keep it to one drink per week since that is plenty for me.
You may want to consider investing in a session with a personal trainer if you have never used weights before. They will be able to show you how to lift weights and provide you with an appropriate weight lifting program.
If you can do more than 5 reps of an exercise, up your weight—especially when you’re working bigger muscle groups through exercises like squats, suggests Roberts. “This will burn fat, in the belly and other areas, quicker than any ab exercise.”
Hi Mike. Thanks so much for this article, it has explained exactly everything that I had questions about! I do however have a question about macros- what should my P / C / F ratio be if I am in a 20-25% deficit at 1776 calories / day (per your calculator). It defaults to 40% / 40% / 20% but I’m just curious if it should be more like 30% / 50% / 20% ? There is so much info out there about macros and it’s hard to find a simple straight answer, especially because everyone is different. I also lift (moderately heavy- I’m a total beginner) and do HIIT cardio 6x a week. I weigh 155lbs at 5’5″. I’m not set on a real “goal weight” as I’m just going off of how I look and feel more so than the scale. I’m 24 years old and have a desk job. My goal is to develop lean muscle and lose body fat and then once I’m happy with that I would like to moderately bulk and start the process again. Thanks so much for any advice/guidance you are willing to give. I’m glad I stumbled upon your website!
6. Eat More. Eating tons of healthy foods won’t make you fat. Especially not if you exercise 2-3x/week. Starving yourself is the number 1 nutritional mistakes. Healthy nutrition is important for 3 reasons:
An important thing to remember when undergoing a weight loss program is to understand what needs to be done. Realistic and achievable goals can help in building the confidence needed to make the necessary leap for the achievement of a desired weight.
Stretch your abs before you exercise them. Try to do your cardio before you do abdominal exercises and stretch, so that more of the work will focus on your core, rather than tight hips, legs or the neck.
If you’ve dieted for any period of time, you’ve experienced this. Certain areas of your body, like your chest, arms, and face, tighten up quickly but others, like your belly, hip, and thighs, seem to not change at all.
Sometimes, to whip your body into shape, you have to get a little nutty. While nuts are high in fat, it’s that very fat that makes them such powerful weapons in the war against a ballooning belly. In fact, research from Reina Sofia University Hospital reveals that study participants who consumed a diet rich in monounsaturated fats, like those in nuts, over a 28-day period gained less belly fat than their saturated fat-consuming counterparts while improving their insulin sensitivity.
Some amount of belly fat is normal – it helps to cushion the bones and organs and provide protection. Well, excess fat might become a cause of concern. Don’t worry. You can cut any type of fat by exercising and following a strict low carb diet. There are a number of reasons for belly fat in teens and adults.
I’ve been swallowing BCAAs before I start, but even so I’m concerned about fasted workouts slowing/halting muscle growth. At the moment I’m eating at or very slightly above TDEE and get my initial protein as part of breakfast immediately after training finishes.
Cranberries are a rich source of organic acids like malic acid, citric acid, and quinic acid that function as digestive enzymes. These acids act as emulsifying agents on stubborn fat deposits in your lymphatic system which transports all the waste products that your liver cannot process. Cranberry juice digests these lymphatic wastes and help you reduce fat. So, drink 100 percent cranberry juice (unsweetened) or cran-water.
Hey Mike. My wife and I have been following your stuff and really enjoying the progress we’ve made over the last year. Thanks for all the sound, level-headed information. Its really helpful to have a resource that cuts through the crap and sticks with real science.
Hi Mike! I have a question! Have you felt strange when arriving to low body fat levels? For example dizzy all day when moving your head and losing balance, cold hands, a little preassure in your head as very little headaches. I ask you this because I’ve been feeling dizzy all day long for a month ago and I don’t know if its because of having already arriven to a low BF%. According to my caliper and the 3meassure formula I’m in 5-6%BF. Do low BF% can have some side effects?
Yoga’s time-honored benefits include flexibility and mindfulness, but an assemblage of asanas are excellent for muscle toning and growth. Not to mention, some serious abdominals to shrink your waist. Boat pose is probably the best pose that you can do to simultaneously work on your posture and your lower abdomen. Most people compensate by using their upper abdominal muscles, and neglect the lower ones that are so important to lower back flexibility. Starting with the most basic variation of this pose (with feet lightly resting on the ground) is one of the best ways that you can build up your lower core strength, improve your posture, and increase your lower back flexibility.
SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time constrained. For instance, instead of saying, “I want to be stronger,” your goal is something like, “I want to be able to bench press 100 pounds, three times in a row, three months from now.” Or, “I want to lose 10 pounds in the next 4 months.”
In addition to helping maintain heart health and keep inflammation levels under control, monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, may stop belly fat before it starts. Research in the journal Diabetes Care found that people who got roughly 25 percent of their total daily calories from MUFAs gained no visceral fat over the course of the study, while those who ate less MUFAs and more carbs added fat to their midsections. My favorite MUFA-rich food is olive oil because you can use it in so many meals (check out the belly-blasting breakfast I recommend), but avocados and nuts are other excellent sources. Pine nuts are particularly great because they also contain high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These acids increase levels of two hormones that signal your brain when you’re full. Try snacking on one ounce of pine nuts (about the amount you can fit in a shot glass) 20 minutes before mealtime to avoid overeating.
When you go out to eat, avoid fattening freebies like bread and chips at all costs. If you’re ravenous when you arrive, ask your server for a side salad, or a vegetable-based appetizer or side dish. Grilled asparagus, sautéed spinach, marinated mushrooms and hummus with crudite are all examples of smart picks.
Hey Mike, does it still count as fasted training if I drink protein shake 30 minutes before training ? Because most protein product come with some BCAA in them and I can’t afford to buy BCAA supplement at the moment.