The first thing to understand is there are really two types of belly fat, visceral belly fat and subcutaneous belly fat. Visceral fat is underneath the abdominal musculature and in close proximity to the organs. You can’t pinch it, and those who have a lot of it can have abdominal muscles that feel tight and ridged despite the bulging protrusion. Subcutaneous belly fat is above the abdominal muscles and can be pinched. This is the stuff that hangs over the belt.
Lie on your back with your head and shoulders lifted off the floor and your hands behind your head if you need some support for your neck. With both legs extended and toes pointed lift your right leg off the floor so that it is perpendicular with your upper body (keep your lifted leg as straight as you can) and raise your left leg just a few inches off the ground.
In a 2011 trial, subjects who increased their soluble fiber intake by 10 grams a day—the equivalent of two small apples, one cup of green peas, and one half-cup of pinto beans—reduced visceral fat by 3.7 percent after five years.
Diet-wise, I am a vegetarian, but I try not to fall into the usual vegetarian health traps. I don’t eat processed meat substitutes, I eat cheese, but not a crazy amount, and I don’t eat a lot of refined carbs. Maybe one serving of pretzels, white bread, or pasta a day. I don’t go crazy with it. My main sources of protein are nuts, eggs, yogurt, tofu, and quinoa. I also rarely drink alcohol and do not drink any soda (even diet). I have been tracking my calories, and it seems to be amount 1,800-2,000 calories a day.
Regularly training all the major muscles with resistance machines stimulates fat-burning hormones and helps you develop a greater proportion of lean tissue. Lean tissue burns more calories at rest and contributes to a stronger burning metabolism — meaning it’s easier to lose weight in your middle and elsewhere.
This might be “bro science”, but something that has helped me during my dieting is cold showers. I heard they are supposed to get rid of “brown fat cells” or something like that. They are also supposed to increase testosterone.
Studies have linked high alcohol intake to weight gain around the middle. One study found that men who consumed more than three drinks per day were 80% more likely to have excess belly fat than men who consumed less alcohol (13, 14).
I’ve been having great results with your supplements and your articles are right in line with everything I’ve been doing. My results over the last 3 months have been absolutely insane using the Forge/Pulse/Phoenix combo. Anyway, I was wondering if drinking a protein shake right before I start lifting ruins the effects of the Forge? I eat lunch around 12:30 and then take forge and pulse when I get home at 5:30 and start lifting at 6:00. I find myself to be insanely hungry at this time so I usually drink a shake about 10 minutes before I start. My results have been great but was curious if they could be even better if I cut out the shake? Thank you
However, drinking a little bit of dry red wine can help with burning tummy fat, it has many benefits for the digestive and vascular system. It contains resveratrol that lowers the fat cell development around the waist and makes the metabolism faster. Drink a small glass of wine 3-4 times a week.
Combine 1 cup whole-grain oat cereal, like Cascadian Farm Organics Purely O’s, 1 cup light soy milk, and 2 TBSP semisweet chocolate chips; sprinkle with 1/2 tsp cocoa powder. Serve with 3/4 cup cherries.
Drink green tea. Some studies suggest that drinking green tea (including decaffeinated green tea) or taking green tea extracts can increase the body’s rate of fat oxidation and may decrease overall body fat. The studies used green tea extract, administered by capsule, but dieters may also get some of the same benefits from drinking green tea.
I’ve stumbled across this article and have been reading most of the comments from people sharing their work outs and reading your suggestions. I think what you’re doing is truly fantastic and is inspiring for many people trying to get the best out od their bodies so keep it up.
My lifting program consists of 2 days of upper body exercises and 2 days of lower body ones. It includes bench press, rows, deadlifts, squats, etc. and recommends 2 or 3 sets of 4 – 8 repeats (depending on the exercise).
Hi again Keith! I was reading your answers and I had a few questions. All that time of cutting from 28%bf to 9%bf, did you stayed the whole 12 months in a caloric deficit diet? Do you think there is no way you can lose fat without a caloric deficit? I ask this because I’ve been reading something about carb cycling, where there are days with high carbs-no caloric deficit and other days with low carbs arriving to caloric deficit when you can do your cardio sessions and burn fat. I don’t know if according to burning fat it is as good as beeing in caloric deficit all time, where you can only lose fat, or however carb cycling is good since you can build muscle and burn fat in the same week. I don’t know if with carb cycling you can arrive to a 9%bf, maybe it will be more difficult, longer or maybe we shall stick in only one goal at each time. What do you think?
Whether you’re headed to the beach, prepping for a special occasion or just want to jump-start a healthier lifestyle, you can set the foundation for belly fat loss in a week. And while you likely won’t reach your final weight loss goals in a week — unless you’re only looking to lose a pound or two — you might be able to see minor differences and burn some initial belly fat. However, the results from diet and exercise modifications can keep you motivated to stick to longer term goals, and they’ll set you on a road to success — without the high risk of weight regain associated with fad crash diets.
My only concern is that this new schedule will lose some of the muscle I’ve worked so hard for – I’m not currently taking any shakes / supplements while cutting. During the bulk phase I was taking whey protein shakes morning and post workout. My macros are good for a cut without supplements.
Diet question: When I started cutting, I was obese (over 30% BF) with about 50 lbs of fat to lose before I get down to 10%. Are there any special instructions for length of the cut? If I am averaging 1lb. fat loss per week, then it may take me upwards of a year before I would be ready to bulk per your book. My energy balance is good, pretty good macros, and I’m still losing 0.5 lb – 2 lb fat per week, so I am not seeing any issues. I just wanted to know if there were any long term effects of going on a cut for that long? You mention reverse dieting after several weeks, but I assume that is only for people that are stagnant and/or much lower BF%. Thanks!
Maintaining your weight loss is all about balance, you should try to follow the 80/20 rule. Focus 80 percent of the time on eating healthy, belly-friendly foods that shrink the waistline and fight inflammation. Then 20 percent of the time, you have room to veer off track a bit. This 20 percent is your splurge. You may choose to have one day a week where you have a splurge meal, or you may opt for a small snack twice a week where you don’t exactly make the healthiest choice.
You know cardio is critical to tummy toning, but weightlifting is just as clutch since it helps up your body’s lean muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the more efficiently your body processes calories and burns body fat. So not only will you get a sculpted middle, you’ll also make it so you can eat more without packing on any extra poundage.
So make an effort to increase your intake of high-protein foods such as whole eggs, fish, seafood, legumes, nuts, meat, dairy products and some whole grains. These are the best protein sources in the diet.
Hi Mike I weigh 84 kgs and total body fat percentage is 24%, are these workouts are good enough to bring my total body fat percentage to 8? Or do I need to do more.. I am going in the morning to gym, and having hydroxycut of 2 pills before workout along with green tea.. post workout I have whey protein and white eggs 3.Please suggest me..
“Fructose has (rightly so) gotten a bad rap lately for its role in promoting central obesity or belly fat,” says St.John. “However, fructose found in whole foods like fruit does not act so sinisterly in the body. Fresh or frozen raspberries contain a great deal of fiber, which helps to regulate the body’s insulin response and also reduce belly fat.” If a fresh pint comes with a steep price tag at your local grocer, consider buying ’em frozen: they’re cost-effective, last practically forever, and are picked at the peak of freshness.
I know it is difficult to answer “exact science” questions about my body, but how long does it take you to enter a fasted state after a meal? Scenario: my gym doesn’t open until 05:30 and I work from 6am-2pm, so I work out after work. Id rather not fast for 10+ hrs, so assuming moderate size meals…when should you stop eating to train fasted?
Try not to eat snacks in between core meals. If you do decide to eat between meals, have something healthy. A good snack to have is apples and peanut butter. Oats, berries, and fat-free yogurt mixed together is delicious and nutritious.
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You don’t have to go low-carb to ditch those extra pounds around your waist in a short period of time. In fact, opting for more whole grains might just get you there faster. Researchers at Tufts University have linked eating three or more daily servings of whole grains to as much as a 10 percent reduction in visceral body fat, the kind that ups your risk for chronic diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Beer drinkers always have a pear shape: belly fat & man boobs – especially as they get older. Alcohol also stresses your liver which has to overwork to clear the toxins. This can get in the way of building muscles.
Eating refined foods such as white bread and sugary foods triggers a series of events. A rapid rise in blood sugar level is followed by an increased insulin response, which can cause fat to be deposited more readily. However, eating a diet rich in whole grains (which also tend to be higher in fibre) helps improve insulin sensitivity. This, in turn helps the body more efficiently use blood glucose, controls blood glucose levels and reduces fat deposition.
I just noticed there is a new product from your line – Legion Forge – and I’m considering to add this. Please let me know if the below would give me the same (if not better) fat-loss / maintain muscle growth results:
Test panelist Bryan Wilson, a 29-year-old accountant, lost 19 pounds and an astounding 6 inches from his waist in just six weeks on the program, and he attributes his success to the Zero Belly shake recipes in the program. “I love the shakes. I added them to my diet, and almost immediately I lost the bloat,” Bryan said. “I’m a sweet craver, and the shakes were an awesome alternative to bowls and bowls of ice cream I would have had.”
Hey Mike! I am following your methods pretty closely and bought a bunch of the supplements and think they’re great. The main one I’m having a hard time getting the most out of is Forge, because working out fasted is hard for me. Would Forge be useful to take at any other time of day, such as a period I’m fasted but not directly pre-workout?
Typical abdominal machines don’t really provide the intensity necessary to challenge your body to burn your fat stores. The machines are designed to help you create stronger ab muscles, but not to reduce fat from the belly area.