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Sorry for maybe repeating the same question , but should I keep going on or change a few parameters ? ( like I eat the same foods everyday, I change only on weekends , Its been like this for quite a while , only the quantity is changed. ). Do u think that even though I succeed in being in calorie surplus/deficit , I should not stick to the same foods and that might be the reason that my body responds so slow ( coz it adapts , maybe ? ). I would really like to know if that matters a lot or not .

I’ve had a bunch of healthy problems with elevated stress and cortisol in past and was just trying to find anything that could relate this (as cortisol is catabolic and reaches it’s peak in the morning) so I decided to ask you.

Tight deadlines, bills, your kids—whatever your source of stress, having too much of it may make it harder for you to drop unwanted pounds, especially from your middle. And it’s not just because you tend to reach for high-fat, high-calorie fare when you’re stressed, though that’s part of it. It’s also due to the stress hormone cortisol, which may increase the amount of fat your body clings to and enlarge your fat cells. Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more visceral fat.

Hormones can definitely play their part but the solution is always similar. Figure out what your calorie intake is and adjust it accordingly so you can lose weight. Have you played around with this calculator before.

The supps won’t help with fat loss unless you’re in a deficit. They are meant to accelerate fat loss which requires a deficit to begin with. You can take caffeine pre-workout to improve performance, but no need to take the rest.

That’s awesome you’re making good progress and watching your protein intake. Good job! Ideally, you should get on weight training now, but you can definitely still make progress with HIIT until you have gym access.

Hey Ingry, are you sure you lost muscle? How fast did you lose weight? Did you get weaker on your lifts? If you do a ton of cardio, don’t eat enough protein, eat at too big of a deficit, etc. you can lose muscle. I recommend eating high protein, focusing on heavy compound lifting, and using HIIT cardio to support fat loss. Your calories don’t seem too low, but if you were losing more than 2lbs per week, you should increase your calories. Check this out: http://www.muscleforlife.com/the-ultimate-fitness-plan-for-women/

While sit-ups can’t “target” belly fat, what they can do is help you burn calories, strengthen your core and develop more muscle. Because muscle is more metabolically active than fat, the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn when you’re at rest.

Hey Mike! You say fasted state is reached within 2-6 hours after you ate (depending on how much you ate). So how do you know if you’re in a fasted state? I have no idea how to check my insulin levels 🙂

Thanks, Mike. I have a question. I wake up very, very early every day (California-based stockbroker working NYC hours) – and exercising in the morning is impossible for me M-F. Could you recommend anything for someone in my shoes?

I bought BLS yesterday, not yet finished reading though. Btw, about this stubborn fat, am on a fasted training. Latest meal usually on 2000 or 2100, and go to gym on 1300 the day after on an empty stomach, only take BCAA before workout. I think i can lift as heavy as if i have breakfast..but need your advise though, is it safe to fast that long and go for a weight training? and for HIIT, is it better before or after weight training?

So I like to do my cardio in the morning and in a fasted state then weights later in the day. What would be your recommendations on when to take Phoenix? Also you say 1 serving in your article vs the 2pills twice daily on the btl but does that mean 2 pills our all 4 twice daily? And should i think about switching the two? Thanks in advance.

Sharing his story, he wrote: “I have two young kiddos and a very supporting wife, and the thought of keeling over at 40 because I was overweight and them having to be the kids at school who’s dad died because he couldn’t say no to Cool Ranch Doritos wrecked me.

This is the basic problem with belly fat, and all other forms of “stubborn fat“–the ratio between beta- and alpha-receptors is heavily weighted toward alpha, which means that catecholamines can’t trigger lipolysis as easily.

I then decided to cut to get rid of the last lingering fat from love handles and the belly. So I’ve been in a calorie deficit for a few (6) months. Current stats are 75kg and about 14-15% body fat (according to accu measure calipers). I’m just starting to finally see visible results on the belly, (my upper body and arms are super lean, just a little under-hang left below the belly button – top two abs visible when relaxed). The shallow w shape has got flatter and I’m starting to get the taper from my hip bones down to my groin. All in all good progress but sloooow going! I’m looking to drop to 12% and review at that point (hopefully in 2-3 months).

Research also has associated belly fat with an increased risk of premature death — regardless of overall weight. In fact, some studies have found that even when women were considered a normal weight based on standard body mass index (BMI) measurements, a large waistline increased the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.

No need to be perfect. Eating junk food actually helps fat loss by keeping your hormones sharp. Don’t overdo it though. Eat junk food 10% of the time max. That’s 4 junk meals/week if you eat 6 meals/day.

Eventually, your body finishes processing the food, and insulin levels drop to a low, stable baseline level, where they remain until you eat food again. This is known as the “postabsorptive” or “fasted” state.

Read Mike’s book and ordered the supplements. Have lost 20 lbs in 4 months and gained quite a bit of muscle. Am 57 years old. Question: I like to work out early, before work. If I do not eat quite a bit before the workout, I get a headache and am nauseous all day long. Experimenting with what to eat before the work out. Any ideas? Is this a common issue? No problems if I work out after work. I am also able to go long periods without food and not have a headache, only if I lift without eating.

A cardio exercise plan such as brisk walking is an excellent way to lose stomach fat (and body fat elsewhere). Moreover, the best way to burn more calories and build firm muscle is through cardio exercise plus weight training. However, you cannot neglect the second half of the equation; you must change your eating habits. Body fat accumulating around the stomach is caused by poor eating habits. In other words, consuming too many refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrate is the major cause of excess stomach fat (general weight gain and obesity). You need to reduce or eliminate refined (processed) carbohydrate. Unless you change those habits, your stomach fat will remain. It is simple fact; our bodies were not designed to eat refined carbohydrate. Your ancestors did not have refined carbohydrates in their diet. Those ancestors were fitter and leaner. They did not have fat stomachs. (Neither did they have need of weight loss diets.) Carbohydrates, whether simple carbs or complex carbs, become sugar when digested. So, reduce the amount of carbohydrate that you are consuming. This is a health-promoting step. Unlike protein and fats, you do not need to consume carbs to be healthy. Your goal is to “burn” body fat. The reason you are accumulating body fat is that you are giving your body so much sugar/carbohydrate, that it not only does not burn body fat but it actually saves (stores) body fat (mainly around the abdomen). Once you improve your eating habits by significantly reducing the amount of carbohydrate that you consume, your body will begin to “burn” fat and you will lose the fat stored around you stomach (and elsewhere). In summary, to lose your stomach fat and burn more calories, cardio exercise, weight training and less carbohydrate is the way forward.

That’s exactly what happened when I shared Zero Belly Diet with a test panel of more than 500 people, some of whom lost as much as 16 pounds in just 14 days, and up to 3 inches off their waist. The secret to Zero Belly Diet is the new science of nutritional genetics, the study of how our genes are turned on and off by the foods we eat. Simply making a handful of tweaks to your diet and lifestyle can help improve your gut health, dampen inflammation, turn off your fat genes and start your body shedding fat—in particular, belly fat—almost automatically. Read on to find out how—and strip away belly fat and lose up to 16 pounds in just two weeks—while eating the foods you love—with Zero Belly Diet, available now!

Hi Mike, I’ve been following your book, “Thinner leaner stronger”. As you recommended from the book, I’ve been eating 30~40g of protein(whey powder) and 40~50g carbs before and after workout. After reading this article, I’m not sure what to follow. Should I change plan to fasted workout and skip protein & carbs intake before workout?( I would still eat them at another time to keep my micros intake goal.) I can only workout at night around 10pm. In this case, which workout is better, fasted or fed? If I do fasted with all the supplements, would it keep me up all night? I always appreciate your help.

• Next, do a Kegel squeeze. A Kegel squeeze is performed by drawing your lower pelvic muscles up and holding them up high and tight. For men who aren’t familiar with that term, it’s similar to trying to stop urinating in the middle of the flow. This squeeze will allow you to feel and focus on your abdominal muscles.

Spot reduction still doesn’t exist, so Squats & Deadlifts won’t burn your belly fat directly. However they’ll strengthen your abs and lower your waist size. If you never did both exercises, check StrongLifts 5×5. Only takes 3x45mins/week.

I read the the yohimbine, which is in Forge, constricts blood vessels. I take Forge, 6 pills (I weigh about 153 pounds empty) before workout with Pulse, which has citurlline malate and ornithine which are designed to release arginine to dilate blood vessels. Does the yohimbine, which is in a small enough dose to prevent the blood pressure spike of larger doses, counteract the effect of the arginine and NO2 of Pulse?

Great answers! I’ll read your article and see the information. Also, if I reduce my protein, my macros percentages also will vary. I’m now in 40%CH 30-35%Prot 25-30%Fat. That aren’t the percentages you say we should stick in your articles, is that a big problem? When bulking, how should those percentages be?Thank you very much!! I continue reaching my goals and still motivated, there is a new and single vein in my belly! LOL 😀

Of course, you need to add salt to your food. Instead of sodium salt, you can consider using potassium, lemon, and sea salts.  Also, adding a few herbs and spices like pepper helps in reducing the salt requirement.

Reduce calorie consumption. Unless you restrict calorie intake, you won’t lose belly fat. Keep track of your daily calorie consumption by using a program such as MyFitnessPal or the USDA SuperTracker to record everything that you eat.

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While some people have an easier time than others, almost everyone has to deal with hunger and cravings to one degree or another. It’s just human nature to want to indulge in food after accidental or intentional deprivation, and whether it’s normal or not, it’s still interfering with your goals.

3. V-Sit Ups are one of my favourite exercises for my abs because it is quite challenging. The V sit-ups work on the upper and lower abs regions and you also have to focus on your balance to keep the abs engaged at the same time. It’s a great strength builder for your core.

The supplement β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate (also known as HMB) is a substance formed when your body metabolizes the amino acid leucine, which is an amino acid that directly stimulates protein synthesis.

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Why is this? Because of the fat! If a heavy woman does hundreds of crunches a day, she may develop strong abs, and they might tighten up a bit, but they’ll still be hidden by fat, and she won’t look any thinner.

Add strength-training to your exercise regimen. Harvard points to a study of women 22 to 44 that found strength-training twice a week for a year reduced overall body fat, including belly fat. Muscle requires more energy to maintain, and the more you have, the more calories your body will burn all day long.

Yeah you’ll want to account for the yohimbine in VPX MD. That said, I’m not sure they use the Hcl molecule? If it’s the bark extract, it’s going to be a lot (several hundred mg) but we don’t know how much of the yohimbine molecule is actually in the yohimbe bark extract…

Mike good morning, I just ordered fish oil omega 3, caffeine and green tea extract to help speed up my fat loss, I already read about the dosage for each of them, but I would like to ask at what time of the day should I take each. I do my weight lifting routine during the afternoons after 6 pm not fasted. I start my day at 6 am in the morning. I do cardio after weight lifting because time restriction. I weight 84 kilos right now. Can you help me out with my stack?

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I’ve lost 5 kilos in my first week. It’s my 10th day and I have included salad with some protein (eg. egg/ lean chicken) as you suggested. After 4 years of trying, the fat is finally coming off. It truly feels like magic!

Hi Mike. I’m posting an update on my muscle pain problem after starting using the Belly fat loss supplements. As I stated in my last posts. The pain in my muscles after working out was unbearable. This is what occurred the first week taking the supplements. First day supplements and work out. Four hours later I got pain in the areas I worked out. Next day still pain. Took supplements, workout that days muscles in my routine. After starting my workout pain went away. Four hours after this days workout pain started in muscles I worked out and pain came back to the muscles I worked out the day before. Now this happened every day after my workout. By the end of the week my whole body was in pain. In the mean time I purchased your book. I read it and decided to start doing the routine in the book. Before this I had no intention to take a week off. I wanted to start new on your routine so I took the week off. I still took the supplements and did cardio every day that week. In the coarse of the week the pains started to slowly go away. So now I’m on the supplements for two weeks. After the week off I started your routine. It took this first week to figure out how much weight to use in my work sets. Now I’m into my second week and on track adding weight to my work sets. Now almost four weeks later the pains have completely gone away. I just want to say in my original routine I did warm up sets and three pyramid work sets with the same intensity I’m doing your routine. I don’t know what supplement caused the pains, maybe a chemical reaction my body had to go thru. I am so glad they are gone. So if anyone experience a reaction to these supplements take a week off the weights and only do cardio this off week. After the week off go back to the weights and see if your body acclimated it’s self to the supplements. It worked for me.

By eating small meals more frequently during the day, not only you make it easier for your stomach to digest, your body keeps working to process that food. This means that it keeps burning calories all day long.

Seriously. It’s packed with zinc, which experts say is pretty much your belly’s best friend. Zinc increases your body’s levels of circulating leptin, which is a hormone that regulates your energy expenditures, fat storages, and appetite … so pretty much everything that impacts having that extra bit of fluff overtop your abs. You’ll obviously need to opt for the lower-in-sugar kinds and indulge in moderation, but it should help chip away at that pooch. Now that we can dig.

Do 8 reps of the kettlebell swing, followed immediately by 8 reps of the squat thrust. Without resting, do 7 reps of the kettlebell swing, and then 7 reps of the squat thrust, and so on, until you work your way down to 1.

For high-intensity cardio, warm up for five to 10 minutes at an easy pace with an exercise mode of choice — could be on a stationary bicycle, treadmill or outdoor track. Then work at an intensity that’s 70 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate for 20 minutes or more at a time. Be sure to cool down for several minutes.

Lunge forward as shown in the picture. Take a big step forward with your right leg, and sit down as if on a chair so that your knees make a 90-degree angle with the floor. The left leg should be positioned backwards, supported by the toes.

Yes you definitely still need to plan/track macro intake when carb cycling. I’ll be talking more about it in my next book as it’s kind of an “advanced” dietary strategy. It’s not entirely necessary IMO.

HIIT is also extremely time efficient. You can actually lose more weight by reducing the amount of time you spend exercising, because when you’re doing HIIT, you only need 20 minutes, two to three times a week.

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?

You must have noticed that some of your friends eat a lot of sugar-based foods, fried foods, or cold drinks. Yet, they manage to have a flat stomach, the reason being they have a very high metabolic rate. If your metabolism is not good, you may have a bloated stomach. Thyroid conditions, diabetes, and other medical conditions can be the reasons for slow metabolism.

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Lie flat on the mat or on the floor with legs extended upwards towards the ceiling and then one knee that is crossed over the other. Breathe in and then lift the upper body towards the pelvis. Breathe out slowly. Do about 12-16 crunches for two to three sets. Check out the video above on how to do vertical leg crunches.

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You must have noticed that some of your friends eat a lot of sugar-based foods, fried foods, or cold drinks. Yet, they manage to have a flat stomach, the reason being they have a very high metabolic rate. If your metabolism is not good, you may have a bloated stomach. Thyroid conditions, diabetes, and other medical conditions can be the reasons for slow metabolism.

Typically you don’t need a full day of rest. You can do your weightlifting in the morning and then do cardio at night. If you are following a standard 5 day split that should cover the 4-5 hours of weightlifting and then HIIT a few times a weeks.

Those trans fats on your menu are hiding out in plain sight and sabotaging your lean belly plans every time you eat them. If a food product says it contains partially hydrogenated oils, you’re eating trans fat, which can increase your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and obesity with every bite. In fact, research conducted at Wake Forest University reveals that monkeys whose diets contained eight percent trans fat upped their body fat by 7.2 percent over a six-year study, while those who ate monounsaturated fat gained just a fraction of that amount. Instead of letting harmful trans fat take up space on your menu, fill up with the 20 Healthy Fats to Make You Thin.

The rolling plank trains your body muscles around the abdomen, hip and lower back. Position yourself on the mat or on the floor with the knees as well as elbows resting on the ground. Keep the neck aligned with the spine. Look forward. Then lift the knees up and support the legs on the toes. Contract the knees and keep your breathing normally. This is what you call the plank pose. Stay in this position for 30 seconds. Now, begin moving to and fro for about 30 seconds.

Keep your goals in check: You should be working out and eating healthily so that you can have a better life – it should not take over your entire life. Having six pack abs or a toned-looking stomach does not necessarily mean you’re fit. Not all of us are meant to have low enough body fat to have an incredibly toned stomach – and some people may actually find that their health may begin to suffer if they get their body fat down that low. My main point is; fitness looks different on each of us; don’t compare yourself to others, and don’t ever put appearance related goals higher on the priority list than your health.

Hey Mike and team! Today I ordered Pulse, Phoenix and Forge and I am excited to get started on losing my belly fat. I have a few questions for you. What weekly routine do you recommend with this program, 5 day split? And on off training days, what is the eating schedule or meal plan? For breakfast (after workout) what do you recommend for breakfast? And for dinner (after HIIT), what do you recommend eating? Also, I am worried about being hungry throughout the day, do you recommend only the whey at 3PM and no low calorie snacks or veggies? Also is it ok to take testosterone and creatine before morning workout while is a fasted-state? And is it ok to take flaxseed at lunch time? Thank you so much!

The bottom line is if you’re a guy over 10% body fat or a girl over 20%, you’re going to have a fair amount of belly fat to lose if you want to have skin-tight abs. That look requires 7 to 8% body fat in men and 17 to 18% in women. There’s just no way around it.

Second Q, I tend to loose muscle way faster than fat even if I eat clean I notice that my muscle gains are fading if I cut, therefore I stop cutting my calories In order to keep my weight!! The problem with that is yeah I keep the muscle but gain I keep the fat too.! It’s been a frustrating 2 years of this ! What am I doing wrong here?! Any comment appreciated!

Hey Mike, just a quick question, if I may? My gym gets busy in the morning so I prefer to do cardio before breakfast. Would you make any changes to your routine above, or will it work just as effectively doing cardio in the morning and doing fasted weights before dinner? Thanks!

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.

In fact, a study conducted by The University of Western Ontario showed that doing just 4 to 6 30-second sprints burns more fat over time than 60 minutes of incline treadmill walking (one of the staples of “bodybuilding cardio”).

In addition to structured exercise, commit to a lifestyle that’s physically active. Take up a hobby, such as dance or golf, that keeps you moving. Fidgeting as well as walking regularly also helps increase your daily calorie burn so you control belly fat.

Too often people simply say “I am eating right”, and they don’t realize this simple fact: if you are not getting results then you are not eating right. If you are not getting results in fat loss, then no matter how good you are eating, it is not good enough for you, and you are going to have to take it to the next level. This is just the way it is. Your metabolic formula is different from everyone else, and you need to stop being the dieter and start being the fat loss detective. We all need to look at ourselves and realize while we may be comfortable with our current diet practices and be convinced it is enough, it simply may not be. The point of your nutrition practices where you start seeing losses in belly fat is the point where you start seeing results, NOT the place you are comfortable with.

Refuse to base your actions on a cleanse or liquid diet. Cleanses are usually only effective for weight loss when combined with a healthy diet, while liquid diets do not give you the nutrients you need for lasting weight loss. Choose to change your eating habits to fresh produce, lean protein and whole grains instead.

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Indeed, there’s no magic pill that will allow you to continue eating junk food and remain sedentary without suffering the ill effects. That doesn’t mean making changes have to be excruciating, however. I recommend starting with your diet, and then adding in the exercise as the weight starts coming off. I believe about 80 percent of your ability to reduce excess body fat is determined by what you eat, with the other 20 percent related to exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits such as sleep and stress reduction.

Thanks for the article! 🙂 I’ve started doing fasted runs in the morning 3-4 times a week. I’m supplementing with caffeine, yohimbine and green tea (following your suggested dosages). Post workout I usually just have 1cp 0.5% milk with 2TBS chocolate Ovaltine (it’s the healthy version of Nesquick, lol). Is this a sufficient pwo meal? I’m just doing cardio here, no weights. I usually don’t have a full meal until 2-3 hrs later, but since I’m working out fasted, should I try and have something more substantial pwo?

In addition to the guidelines I mentioned above, Authority Nutrition lists3 several more effective strategies that can help you shed unwanted abdominal fat. Here are five of the recommendations that I highly agree with.

Hey Mike and team! Today I ordered Pulse, Phoenix and Forge and I am excited to get started on losing my belly fat. I have a few questions for you. What weekly routine do you recommend with this program, 5 day split? And on off training days, what is the eating schedule or meal plan? For breakfast (after workout) what do you recommend for breakfast? And for dinner (after HIIT), what do you recommend eating? Also, I am worried about being hungry throughout the day, do you recommend only the whey at 3PM and no low calorie snacks or veggies? Also is it ok to take testosterone and creatine before morning workout while is a fasted-state? And is it ok to take flaxseed at lunch time? Thank you so much!

I can’t seem to find yohimbine or caffeine pills where I live. However, I noticed that Grenade Thermo Detonator has both as well as green tea extract and some other stuff. Would you recommend this product? Is is safe to use?

What’s up Mike, hope all is well with you. So I bulked for 6 months gained about 18 pounds went from 10%-16% 175 pounds to 193 pounds. I have been cutting started at 193pounds now for a while I’m in my 14th week of my cut I’m sitting at about 178pounds. My BF% now is about 9-10% and I’m still losing about a pound a week and I feel good, I use IF daily for about 16 hours a day and everything feels like it is still on track, but I still have a little bit of hip fat to loose before I’m to the shredded point. I started my cut at about 2,200 cals and I have since dropped them for the past month down to about 1900-2000. My question to you is should I start to reverse diet my calories up 100 per week to get back to maintenance? If so should I definitely be able to lean up some more while bringing the cals back up since I will still be in a deficit for at least another month before I hit TDEE right? My goal is to get around 7-8% then start to bulk again. What route do you think I need to go? Thanks, have a good day.

In a way, moderate-intensity physical activity is that “magic pill” a lot of people are looking for, because the health benefits go beyond keeping your waistline trim: Not only can it reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart attacks, but studies have shown that physical activity can significantly improve the moods of patients with major depressive disorders.

I followed TLS and went from 27% to 23% body fat (weight training 4x a week and cardio 2-3x a week) in 6 weeks. However, I have been stuck at 22-23% for 6 weeks. I am only 5’3″ and am down to 115 and further dropping my caloric intake feels like I am not getting enough energy for training. I have read that I need to stop cutting and focus on adding more muscle first – so reverse diet up to TDEE. I know your advice for women is to cut down to 20% before starting to bulk. Do you think since I’ve been stuck for 6 weeks, I should start to reverse diet to TDEE and see what happens? Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

My wife and I work out together in a fasted state in the mornings following your 5 day plan. We just take FORGE/Pulse in the morning and then Phoenix w/ lunch and dinner. We do our HIIT Cardio M/W/F right after our weight training. Typically we are in the gym for 90-120mins.

If you’re not ready for a huge change in your diet, look elsewhere for weight loss. The extreme cut in calories in this diet is more likely to leave you discouraged instead of thinner. If you think you have it in you, go for it. Just have a plan in place for sticking with a more moderate weight loss plan in the long run.

If I were to eat a larger meal containing a fair amount of carbohydrate, however, there’s a chance that my insulin levels would still be elevated come cardio time. Thus, I “play it safe” and keep the meal small.

You can neutralize the muscle loss with β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate (also known as HMB). This is a substance formed when your body metabolizes the amino acid leucine, which is an amino acid that directly stimulates protein synthesis.

Glad you liked the article. A number of reasons may have contributed to the weight gain but at this point the goal is to try to lose it without sacrificing any muscle. The timing of your consumption isn’t super important but calculating your activity and calorie intake will be key. Take a look at this calculator to help you out.

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Sure, ketchup is tasty, but it’s also a serious saboteur when it comes your weight loss efforts. Ketchup is loaded with sugar — up to four grams per tablespoon — and bears little nutritional resemblance to the fruit from which it’s derived. Luckily, swapping out your ketchup for salsa can help you shave off that belly fat fast. Fresh tomatoes, like those used in salsa, are loaded with lycopene, which a study conducted at China Medical University in Taiwan links to reductions in both overall fat and waist circumference. If you like your salsa spicy, all the better; the capsaicin in hot peppers, like jalapeños and chipotles, can boost your metabolism, too.

A word of warning. You need to keep a close eye on your portion sizes, as it is very easy to overeat foods such as nuts and guacamole. Although they are high in nutrients and MUFA’s, they are still fats, which means they are high in calories. Therefore, you need to be careful, to ensure that you control your intake of these foods to ensure you lose belly fat. Add small, but regular portions of MUFA containing foods to your meals.

While it’s often assumed that bread is off-limits when you’re trying to lose belly fat, the right bread may actually expedite the process. Switching to sprouted bread can help out carb-lovers eager to get their fix without going up a belt size, thanks to the inulin content of sprouted grains. The results of a study published in Nutrition & Metabolism reveal that found that pre-diabetic study subjects whose diets were supplemented with inulin shaved off more belly fat and total weight than those whose meal plans didn’t pack this healthy prebiotic fiber.

Also avoid all starchy foods like rice, noodles, pasta or bread. Switch to whole grains like brown rice and brown bread or leave them out if you want to reduce fat in a week. You can reintroduce brown rice once your week is up.

Hi Mike. I’m posting an update on my muscle pain problem after starting using the Belly fat loss supplements. As I stated in my last posts. The pain in my muscles after working out was unbearable. This is what occurred the first week taking the supplements. First day supplements and work out. Four hours later I got pain in the areas I worked out. Next day still pain. Took supplements, workout that days muscles in my routine. After starting my workout pain went away. Four hours after this days workout pain started in muscles I worked out and pain came back to the muscles I worked out the day before. Now this happened every day after my workout. By the end of the week my whole body was in pain. In the mean time I purchased your book. I read it and decided to start doing the routine in the book. Before this I had no intention to take a week off. I wanted to start new on your routine so I took the week off. I still took the supplements and did cardio every day that week. In the coarse of the week the pains started to slowly go away. So now I’m on the supplements for two weeks. After the week off I started your routine. It took this first week to figure out how much weight to use in my work sets. Now I’m into my second week and on track adding weight to my work sets. Now almost four weeks later the pains have completely gone away. I just want to say in my original routine I did warm up sets and three pyramid work sets with the same intensity I’m doing your routine. I don’t know what supplement caused the pains, maybe a chemical reaction my body had to go thru. I am so glad they are gone. So if anyone experience a reaction to these supplements take a week off the weights and only do cardio this off week. After the week off go back to the weights and see if your body acclimated it’s self to the supplements. It worked for me.

In the gym you need to push the work out harder in order to burn those calories and keep your metabolism in high gear all day so you burn calories while you sleep. However, you should be aware that while you are in the gym you will feel more tired than usual due to your calorie restriction.

Get enough calcium. Adults typically need around 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day to help maintain muscle and nerve function, and it’s necessary for healthy bones and teeth.[22] But calcium may also help prevent the body from storing visceral fat in the abdomen. Though studies have not shown a drastic change in weight due to increased calcium intake, researchers suggest that it may have a small effect in some people. Calcium requires vitamin D to be absorbed into the body; therefore, be sure to get enough vitamin D as well.[23] Sources of calcium include:[24]

Although HIIT workouts burn calories, if you have lean muscle mass, you’ll burn even more fat and calories in the long run. So include strength training in your fitness program, especially lifting heavy weights, at least three times a week.

Want your metabolism stoked all day long? Of course, you do—and making it happen is as easy as sitting down to a protein-rich breakfast. In a recent study of 21, half were fed a breakfast of bagels while half ate eggs. The egg group was observed to have a lower response to ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) were less hungry three hours later and consumed fewer calories for the next 24 hours! Bonus: Egg yolks contain choline, a nutrient with powerful fat-burning properties

Have you ever eaten something right after brushing your teeth? It didn’t take too appetizing, did it? For this reason, brushing your teeth right after meals, is a great way to keep yourself out of the kitchen, and subsequently, hundreds of wasit-expanding calories out of your mouth. In fact, a study of more than 14,00 people found that people who brush after meals weigh less than people who don’t! Sounds like a great reason to keep a toothbrush in your purse or briefcase, if you ask us.

Scientists have discovered that the number of fat cells you will develop depends entirely on your genes. If your parents or grandparents had excess belly fat, you too might have the same. Yes, it is true that genetics is a determinant of how the fat is distributed.

Eat only moderate amounts of saturated fats. There has been a lot of back and forth research over whether or not saturated fats are unhealthy. Since fats in general are higher in calories are you’re trying to reduce weight and body fat, limit these types of fats. They are found in animal products like butter, full fat cheese, red meat and lard.[19]

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It’s not carbs, per se, that lead to belly fat; but the type, researchers say. In fact, whole grains are a dietary staple of people with the littlest middles. A Tufts University study found that participants who ate three or more servings of whole grains per day (oats, quinoa, brown rice, wheat) had 10% less belly fat than people who ate the same amount of calories from refined carbs (white stuff: bread, rice, pasta). Further research is required to figure out exactly why this is the case, but the hypothesis is it has to do with the high fiber and slow-burn properties of whole grains. When it comes to diet, being unrefined is a good thing!

This is the basic problem with belly fat, and all other forms of “stubborn fat“–the ratio between beta- and alpha-receptors is heavily weighted toward alpha, which means that catecholamines can’t trigger lipolysis as easily.

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?

MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) are proven to reduce belly fat, and you can find them in avocado, nuts and nut butters, seeds, and olive oil. Just be mindful of how much you eat since these are also high in calories. Definitely avoid hydrogenated oils since these can contribute to weight gain.

Sugar is the enemy of anyone who is overweight.  I needed to remove it in all it’s forms so I could address the metabolic problem it created with my metabolism.  That meant no processed food (boxed, bottled or wrapped in plastic), rice, pasta, baked goods, sports drinks, sodas, alcohol, sweeteners and sugar.

Avocados are a double-whammy to belly fat. First, they’re packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that dim your hunger switches; a study in Nutrition Journal found that participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40 percent decreased desire to eat for hours afterward. Second, unsaturated fats like those found in avocados seem to prevent the storage of belly fat. (These creative ways to eat avocado will help you up your intake.)

Since visceral fat is internal and not always visible, the only way to know for sure if you’ve got too much of it is to have a CT scan or MRI. But you can get a rough idea by calculating your waist-to-hip ratio. If your waist measurement divided by your hip measurement is greater than .8, you’re over the healthy limit. Ditto if your waist is more than 35 inches in circumference.

Hi!! So I’m a 5’7, 133pounds woman with around 19-20%bf, trying to get leaner. I lift and do cardio 6x a week (4sessions of hiit and 1-2 of steady state) I used to be in a deficit for very long periods of time (around 1400-1600cals a day) for like a year straight, seeing no change basically and being not that strict with my numbers but always staying in that range. Then I reversed diet up to maintenance which is like 1950, stayed there for a week and then started to cut, so I cut my cals back to my 156g of P, 130g of C and 30-35g of fat. The reverse diet went very well, i didn’t gain fat. But in the cut im not seeing much difference, i think maybe I was too lose with my tracking or had some hidden calories or something. But im already 7 weeks in and im feeling the effects im vert very hungry and tired and my workouts aren’t the same so I need to revere back to maintenance but i want to continue to cut. and reverse diet takes like 6 weeks .what should i do?

To comment on HIIT training. You need to be aerobically fit in order to do these. Without an aerobic base HIIT is detrimental and you will not be able to do as many sets with maximum effort as possible. The aerobic base allows to recover between sets and therefore allows you to go to maximum effort when you are performing HIIT. I played squash competitively and HIIT was a requirement in order to be fit as the sport is aerobic with quite a bit of anaerobic phases to it. I had to do cardio and be aerobically fit before hitting HIIT. All professional athletes have an aerobic base before doing HIIT. To be have a good aerobic base 30 minutes for cardio at 80% maximum heart rate twice a week should be good.

I don’t have access to weights, so I’m wondering about the value of push ups, chin ups, pull ups, crunches, lunges etc. – which I do with my class most times – since November, that is…. My instincts tell me they’ll work fine up until they become too easy, at which point more resistance is needed. But what is “fine,” assuming my instincts are correct? At this point, I can do 30 full, proper form push ups before I start “cheating” by not going all the way down. I can do about 100 crunches no problem. Pull ups I can only do 1 or 2 proper form, before I start swaying and lunging to reach the bar, then I can struggle my way to about 5. At that point, I do “let downs,” if that’s the right term – starting in the up position and letting myself down slowly as possible.

I used Blue Fat freeze kit and it helps me to lose 2 inches around my waist in 2 months. It’s a very simple way of losing weight just by wrap it around your fatty part and gets rid of your fat cells. You don’t need to follow such hectic diet plan and worry about its sustainability. But do adopt healthy eating habits as it has no substitute.

I’m 195 pounds, approx 20% body fat which I’d like to be between 14 and 17, waist 36 inch and hip 38 inches. I’m happy with my weight but I’d just like to reduce my waist size and body fat for health benefits my family have an history of type 2 diabetes so I’m just trying make some right steps.

You need to distinguish between the time you spend in bed, and the time you actually get some good quality sleep. You might be in bed for 10 hours, but if you only get 5 hours sleep due to different factors disturbing you (stress, noise, pain), that’s not going to be enough for your body and mind.

Suppose you eat a sandwich with two slices of bread and you are now eating with one slice of bread but feel cravings. Add some low density foods that you can eat larger portions of and still feel full.

You’ll burn even more calories per session if your workout incorporates interval training: alternating short bursts of intense cardio with slower activity. Experts aren’t sure why it works, but trainers swear by it.

I’m female, 5’4″, 133 lbs and have been doing Jamie Eason’s Live Fit program for the last 9 weeks. Although I’m stronger and have obvious muscle growth, I’m not losing thigh size (huge thighs, lean and muscular up top). I’ve switched to Visual Impact for Women which touts it will lean out my thighs. I’m doing 5 reps and 4-5 sets upper body, various muscles 4 times a week, and just body weight step ups a lunges once a week. I do 15 minutes treadmill HIIT followed by 15 minutes low intensity cardio on treadmill, on all 4 upper body days. I work out at night. Do you know if I can mimic the fasting state workout if I just eat a protein shake and banana for dinner at 5:30, then workout at 8:30? Or is that too close time wise to be considered fasting? Also, do you think this program will maintain my muscles, or will I lose some muscle on the new program? So confused….

Thanks to the hormone estrogen, the female body likes to hold on to fat, too. A study in Obesity Reviews shows that women store fat more efficiently than men in an effort to prepare the body for pregnancy. But while it seems like women may have drawn the short-end of the stick, the stereotypical pear-shape is actually considered healthier than boasting a beer gut, because belly fat is a red flag when it comes to your health. “Visceral fat is associated with increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome,” says Harris-Pincus.

That said, in my experience although legs are the largest muscle group, it takes quite a bit of time to really start seeing separation. They just get big and bloofy first and then, over the course of a couple of years, they really start taking shape. Kinda like chest.

But that’s okay—you can just start with a lower number, like 8, and work your way up as you improve your fitness. (In fact, I recommend this strategy.) If you want an even greater challenge, you can always take a breather and repeat the routine. 

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Its powerful anti-catabolic effects and non-existent insulin effects means you reap all the fat loss benefits of training fasted without any of the problems relating to muscle loss or insulin secretion.

To make this exercise more challenging, draw as big a circle as your can, starting from directly above your hips to brining your legs as low to the ground as you can, while maintaining control and good form.

Belly fat is the fat located around the midsection of the body, and also known as “visceral fat”. This is the most dangerous kind of body fat because, unlike the fat that’s located just beneath the skin, belly fat affects the functioning of internal organs and is associated with a variety of negative health conditions. Postnatal women also may struggle to lose belly fat following childbirth. Making lifestyle changes in diet and exercise, together with learning more about the hazards associated with visceral fat, are the best way to lose your belly fat.

Hi Mike, I’ve been following your book, “Thinner leaner stronger”. As you recommended from the book, I’ve been eating 30~40g of protein(whey powder) and 40~50g carbs before and after workout. After reading this article, I’m not sure what to follow. Should I change plan to fasted workout and skip protein & carbs intake before workout?( I would still eat them at another time to keep my micros intake goal.) I can only workout at night around 10pm. In this case, which workout is better, fasted or fed? If I do fasted with all the supplements, would it keep me up all night? I always appreciate your help.

How much faster depends on many things, but I’ve worked with thousands of people and I can confidently say that combining these strategies with a proper diet and training routine can speed up fat loss by 30 to 50%.

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines. Accessed March 8, 2016.

Well after 4 weeks I only lost 2 lbs. but my quads along with my glutes were a lot bigger than how they look now. And all of my pants fit me very lose and not just around my waist. I did not get weaker on my lifts tho, in fact I feel stronger than ever! So, do you think my legs getting a lot thinner is related to fat loss and not muscle?

How would you like to blast off belly fat by eating spaghetti for breakfast? You can! As a general rule of thumb, eat carb-heavy meals early in the day so they get burned off rather than stored as belly fat. At dinnertime, do the opposite: Focus on eating lighter, mostly protein-based meals.

The baby bouncer: This move is similar to the baby glider, but instead of forward lunges, do side lunges — stepping to the side instead of to the front — and do a squat. Reach back with your behind as if you’re sitting in a chair, keeping your knees over your ankles. Repeat 8-10 times to each side.

GREAT ARTICLE! My entire household has been dieting for weight loss. (Me-44, my wife-39, my mother in law, 67) I have restricted myself to 1000 calories a day, high protein, low carb, weight training and at least 40 minutes a day on the treadmill. I have lost 50 pounds. My wife and mother in law are both diabetic (My wife-diet controlled, my mother in law-insulin dependant) so they can’t do my diet. So I have some questions. What should our calorie restrictions be? How should we be working out? Supplements? Can they do a fasting workout? Any suggestions for their diet targeting weight loss? I’ve thrown a lot of questions at you so if you don’t have the time for all of this, I totally understand.

Also avoid all starchy foods like rice, noodles, pasta or bread. Switch to whole grains like brown rice and brown bread or leave them out if you want to reduce fat in a week. You can reintroduce brown rice once your week is up.

Hey ! I’m trying to lose some wieght I have a long tour sow and I was a cheerleader and I ran everyday. I stopped working out and I’m out of shape I’m getting more fat in my hips than my stomach. My thighs have muscle but then again I think it’s fat. Can you give me some tips to get rid of the fat on my hips and excercise for my thighs?

Cardiovascular exercise promotes visceral fat loss when combined with calorie restriction better than dieting alone. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that participants over the age of 50 who participated in 90 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise — cycling indoors — five times per week lost significantly more visceral fat than those who only restricted calories. Brisk walking or hiking offer similar intensities and can help you lose your belly.

Eat Healthier. Apply the 8 nutrition rules. Eat breakfast. Eat every 3 hours. Proteins, veggies & fruits with each meal. Carbs post workout only. 2 cups of water with each meal. Whole foods 90% of the time.

As you get older, your body changes how it gains and loses weight. Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate, or the number of calories the body needs to function normally. On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. “If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies,” says Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic’s endocrinology division. In menopause, production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down. Meanwhile, testosterone levels also start to drop, but at a slower rate. This shift in hormones causes women to hold onto weight in their bellies. The good news: you can fight this process. Read on.

Like I tell everyone, diet first, exercise second. If you do not control what you’re putting into your mouth then whatever you do afterwards doesn’t really matter as you’re defeating any exercise you did when you stuff a Big Mac in your pie hole.

A handful of almonds packs a serious fat-burning punch: One study of overweight adults found that eating about a quarter-cup of almonds for 6 months led to a 62% greater reduction in weight and BMI. And eating just 1.5 ounces of almonds daily led to a reduction in belly and leg fat, a 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed. For added effect, eat almonds before working out: The amino acid L-arginine can help you burn more fat and carbs.

Hey Mike! Great articles and I think I will buy your book. But I’m confused on something. I have a very, very slow metabolism and read your article “How to Speed Up Your Metabolism” on muscle for life. So, I know I need to keep the metabolism up and up my calories. But your sample meal plan listed here (which is 140 g breakfast, light salad, whey, dinner, and some protein) is really, really light. I’m guessing this is 1,500 calories, if that, which is highly restrictive. How do you reconcile the two articles? And since I’m a hair shy of 6′ and 200 lbs 20% bf, is 1,500 cal the right fat loss calorie target for me?

No, you don’t need a bicycle to perform this exercise. This exercise helps you to lose weight around your abdomen area. Bicycle exercise reduces stomach fat by applying pressure on your stomach muscles.

Balance the power. An ideal fat-burning meal plan includes 30 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates, and 30 percent fat. In a 2009 study, dieters who stuck to these ratios lost 22 percent more belly fat after four months, and 38 percent more after a year, than those who followed a low-fat diet.

8. Eat More Fat. Fat doesn’t make you fat. Bad nutrition and lack of exercise do. Eating fat actually helps fat loss. Your body won’t stock fat as easily if your give it a constant intake of healthy fats.

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Thanks, Mike. I have a question. I wake up very, very early every day (California-based stockbroker working NYC hours) – and exercising in the morning is impossible for me M-F. Could you recommend anything for someone in my shoes?

Some people just don’t do so well with fasted workouts, and feel a lot better when they eat beforehand. I would just focus on getting some carbs and protein in (at least 30g of each) before the workout and see how that goes. Check out this article – https://legionathletics.com/pre-workout-nutrition/

Is there a point in using Forge while reverse dieting or while on maintenance calories? I still have more than half a bottle left but I’m about to get done cutting. I’m not sure if I should finish it up or just save it for a later cut.

Hi!! I have a quick question 🙂 What if I did my weight lifting early in the morning (fasted) and then followed by a 20 min. HIIT? Would that continue fat burning or will this have a negative impact? I always thought it should be the other way around, that cardio should be done fasted then weight lifting later but recently I just started doing it all together in the morning before eating breakfast. So I would wake up, have my BCAA’s, go to the gym and weight lift for 45-60 min. (Heavy training) then I would do 20 min of HIIT cardio after. Then I would wait about an hour and have my post-workout meal. Would that work?

2. Burpees are tough compared to side plank but it is also a great way to lose belly fat. For this you have to first stand and then with a quick movement contract your abs and go into a side plank position with your bottom tucked in. Do the push-up and jump back to the standing position. Do 30 repetitions and add 10 more as you progress.

The diseases often referred to as diseases of Western civilization, such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, dental caries, and others, became pervasive in the twentieth century primarily because we consume too many refined processed carbohydrates. The reason you are accumulating fat is that you are giving your body so much carbohydrate that it not only does not burn body fat but it actually stores fat (mainly around the abdomen). Once you significantly reduce the amount of the refined processed carbohydrate that you consume, your body will begin to “burn” fat and you will lose the fat stored around you stomach (and elsewhere if you have it).

Visceral fat is also called “organ fat” or “intra-abdominal fat” — and it’s one of the primary reasons why you must learn how to lose belly fat. This fat lies in close proximity to the vital organs of the body, including the liver, kidneys and other digestive organs, meaning it’s a real health concern. Fat is actually similar to an organ, in that it releases compounds in the blood and alters hormone levels. (4)

While this approach to losing belly fat is not a good fit for everyone (such as some athletes, those who are underweight, or women who experience hormonal alterations easily), it has been shown to help many struggling with being overweight to drop pounds while not feeling hungry or deprived. (11)

When your body is low on calcium, it produces a hormone that signals the body to store visceral fat. Meeting your recommended daily calcium needs (that’s 1,000 milligrams for adults) can help reduce levels of this hormone. And a recent study published in Obesity Research found that calcium from dairy has a stronger effect than calcium from other sources. I recommend eating low-fat Greek yogurt as a daily snack (just six ounces contain about 20 percent of your recommended dietary allowance for calcium), though any low-fat dairy will do.

Also, while I wasn’t eating breakfast, I wasn’t eating breakfast before, and I didn’t put on this fat. I remember my waist getting bigger despite working outside mowing lawns in the heat, and I didn’t understand it. Totally bogus. I wish it didn’t happen because it messed me up mentally, and I thought that I needed to exercise ultra harder to burn the weight.

High protein intake increases release of the fullness hormone PYY, which decreases appetite and promotes fullness. Protein also raises your metabolic rate and helps you retain muscle mass during weight loss (13, 14, 15).

Secondly if i want to fast train in the evening like at 5:00 pm that means i being my fast at 12 midday so in what window do i consume the biggest percentage of my delay calories is it before the meal before the fast or after training fasted,

2. Should I be taking forge and phoenix for the second work out? It’s around four hours from the morning meal after HIIT, the article indicated Insulin levels stay elevated between 3-6 hours. For my 8 AM meal I do 1 egg, 5 egg whites, 2 slices of ezekial bread, and 40 grams whey protein. My heavier carb meal is right after weight training. Thanks again for all the great articles.

I’m lost on one point. My lifestyle is pretty seditary except for my lifting routine. I like to walk outside, or on the treadmill if it’s cold, for about an hour a day because it helps my mood. Is it still ok to do that, adding in some HIIT twice a week…. Will I be going against my goals if I do? Because otherwise I just sit around all day. My time walking re-centers me.

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Remember, think long term. If your body can handle it, I strongly suggest you try Tabata Interval training after your strength training by doing sprints, as this is the most physically demanding cardio you can do to get the best results for fat loss.

Sugar is one thing you should greatly reduce, if not omit from your daily platter. There are many sources of hidden sugar, so it’s a good idea to reduce sugar. Use alternatives like honey, palm sugar, and licorice extract.

Consider buying an outfit that you really want to wear, but in a smaller (but still achievable) size, and hang it on your door. Your desire to finally be able to wear that outfit may encourage you to work harder.

The single biggest influence over the levels of insulin in your body comes from the amount of starchy and sweet foods you eat. The biggest influence over cortisol has to do with stress levels which are probably most directly related to sleep quantity and quality.

Hello Mike, I love all the information in your articles. I’ve been on Intermittent Fasted training since Dec. I don’t have a problem not having enough energy to finish my workouts. But I’m having a problem shedding the belly fat. I came across this article and decided to give your plan a try. I ordered all the supplements you mentioned and received them two weeks ago. I’m adhering to your plan except I’m taking a lower dose of the caffeine because I never drink coffee or pop. Until I see how my system reacts. I do my workout and then cardio. Because it is just easier for me. Now here is my problem. Since going on these supplements the next day after my workout and every day since. I have very intense aches and pains in my muscles and joints. My workout routine and intensity has not changed. I’ve read that BCAAs help eliminate muscle soreness. Have you heard of anyone having this reaction? And, do you think it will go away after a few weeks when my system gets used to the change? Thanks for your help.

Studies have found that water can increase your metabolism and the calories you are burning. It is a zero calorie beverage and it also makes you feel full and less apt to drink other calorie laden options.  People who drink water before meals also tend to eat less calories because it quenches hunger.  The goal should be to drink between 8 – 10 glasses of water per day to hydrate your body and take advantage of the benefits of water.

Cardio is one of the most effective ways to burn calories and shed unwanted flab from your body. Cardio exercises are immensely helpful in reducing belly fat. Doing cardio on a regular basis will offer you other health benefits such as reduction of stress, an increase in your lung capacity, better sleep, and a sense of overall well-being.

However growing medical evidence shows that high-intensity interval training exercise is most effective for reducing fat of overweight individuals. Furthermore, given that one of the major constraints for weight loss is time, the brevity of High Intensity Interval Training protocols is most appealing for those who want fat reduction.

Hey! I watched your video and read your tips ! You are awesome 🙂 just wondering: I am thirteen will I thin out ( if I don’t gain any weight , right now I’m at 120 lbs ) maybe a little if I grow a few inches in the next few years? Thanks!

Don’t worry so much about the scales when you’re trying to lose belly fat. The changes you’re making will replace fat with muscle, which weighs more, so you’re likely to notice changes in the way your clothes fit before you notice changes on the scale.

There are several ways to practice fasting, including: skipping breakfast, eating all you want five days out of the week, severely limiting calories on some days or even not eating anything at all some days, or limiting your eating hours to only 6 or 8 hours a day.

Hmm assuming she only has dumbbells, working out with only dumbbells is a bit tough because you can’t squat, deadlift, bench press, or military press (and these are the most important exercises in any program, really).

I’m a 26 year old 6’5 skinny fat guy who weighs 86Kilograms. Just a year ago I was just skinny (almost like anorexic) but with continuous efforts I have gained good amount of muscle mass in the entire body and look way healthier than before (with alot of fat around the waist and stomach 🙁 unfortunately).

It’s up to you. Typically if you are trying to lose weight we suggest doing fasted training and taking Forge so help out. The HMB will help spare muscle and the added yohimbine will target stubborn fat. Just make sure you have a post workout meal after with some protein. 🙂

The idea is simple: during your high-intensity bouts, you’re pushing yourself almost as hard as you can, and during your low-intensity periods, you’re trying to catch your breath in preparation for the next sprint.

Avoid processed foods. Processed foods are often reached for as comfort food. But certain processed foods, like refined grains and refined sugars, increase inflammation in the body, and have been linked to excess belly fat.[21]

Thanks! Any suggestion on what product ? Diet excercise? Again I’m really into endurance sports. Ultra marathons and Adventure racing I just can’t believe I still have fat when I burn so many calories! Any feedback will be greatly appreciated

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If you’re diet consists largely of bread, pasta, cereal, rice and other grain based foods, it is going to be challenging to lose weight. Don’t believe the old government endorsed food pyramid that promoted grains as the base of your diet. Most of your carbohydrates should be coming from vegetables for optimum weight loss. If you decide to keep the grain based carbohydrates in your diet, be sure to keep your portion sizes small.

One thousand calories a day is pretty low, so if you’ve been eating that for awhile, it may be time to reverse diet. Basically, you want to get your calories as high as possible, hopefully up to you estimated TDEE (https://legionathletics.com/how-many-calories-should-i-eat/), and then start another cut.

Measure the broadest area of your hip and the narrowest area of your wrist. Then divide the values to get your waist-hip ratio. If your ratio is 0.8 or above, then you have excess belly fat and you are the risk of having cardiovascular diseases.

3. Standing Band Rotations: Stand sideways to a cable band with feet hip-width apart, pull the cable close to body at the height of your chest. Keep your hands in the middle and use all your core muscles to brace your torso.

2. Without moving your hips or shoulders, open your raised leg to the right and raised arm to the left. Now, concentrating on your abs, return your raised leg and arm to the center. Do 10–12 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

Sugary soda, packed with empty calories, is obviously a diet disaster, but even the no-calorie version can expand your waistline. A 2012 study published in the journal Obesity found that regular soda was associated with increased waist size and abdominal fat, but diet soda was associated with increased waist size, BMI, and total percentage of fat. One theory why this happens is the artificial sweeteners in diet soda don’t produce the responses your body expects when you eat something sweet. So, the sweet taste of a diet soda triggers a message to your body to expect an influx of energy, which won’t arrive since there are no calories in diet drinks. This interferes with your body’s hunger signals and causes you to crave (and consume) additional calories to make up for the lack of calories in diet soda. (Not to mention, diet soda has also been linked to stroke and dementia.)

Get enough sleep each night. Studies have shown that getting less than five hours of sleep each night or more than nine hours of sleep can result in an increase in weight gain.[37] Some studies further show that not getting enough sleep increases the body’s cravings for high-calorie foods, and led to an overall increase in caloric intake.[38]

3. Tabata: Tabata is another form of interval training and involves 8 rounds of 20 seconds exercise followed by 10 seconds rest. Sounds easy enough but exercise should be done at a high intensity. This exercise can be done using rowing machines, dumbbells or thrusters. This is a tough exercise and is best for those who have very less time in their hands.

These are the staple of my diet. I have them every day. Then I rotate other meals around them. These are the meals that give me a large proportion of my daily nutrients and calories without me even thinking about it.

If you’re taking lots of vitamins and probiotics each day, you may want to reevaluate your strategy. Increased levels of B vitamins have long been associated with a higher prevalence of obesity and diabetes, perhaps because megadosing triggers our fat genes. A daily multivitamin is probably fine, but don’t try to convince yourself that more is better. And a recent study by ConsumerLab.com found that most commercial probiotics have far less healthy bacteria than they claim. Your better bet is to focus on the Zero Belly foods to ensure your belly is getting plenty of love—and your fat genes are being cut off at the pass.

I’m using Isolate whey protein and working around 12 hours a week in gym. And from those 12 hours almost 6 hour I do abdominal excercises. I give 1 hour daily for abs excercise except sunday. Is it in right direction or I have to change it. I’m getting very slow result.

• Beans, cucumbers, nuts and blueberries are rich in soluble fiber, which works by dissolving into a gel-like texture that helps slow your digestion and keeps you feeling fuller for a longer time. Other foods that can provide you with this include flaxseeds, shirataki noodles, avocados and Brussels sprouts

Meditation and moments of peace with calm breathing throughout the day are important; as is smiling and occasional belly laughs. Have happy/smile triggers; pulling up to a stop sign, the phone rings, see a pretty girl . . . .

Naturally, the first step in finding out how to lose belly fat starting with food. Eating real foods from nature, instead of fake foods found in packages or boxes, is one of the best (and easiest) things you can do for yourself and your loved ones. Real foods are the ones that humans have been eating for all of history: vegetables, fruits, seeds, clean meats and fish, legumes, and others grown in healthy, rich soils without any chemicals added.

2. The Captain’s Chair Leg Raise – This exercise requires a captain’s chair, a rack with padded arms allowing for the legs to hang free that is commonly found in gyms or health clubs. To do this exercise, stand on the chair and grip hand holds. Press back against the pad then raise knees to the chest to contract the abs then lower them back down. Do 1 to 3 sets with 12 to 16 repetitions.

How much faster depends on many things, but I’ve worked with thousands of people and I can confidently say that combining these strategies with a proper diet and training routine can speed up fat loss by 30 to 50%.

I made a post on how to lose belly fat. I know so many of you want to know how to lose belly fat for teenagers. The more information you give me on your struggles the more I can help you. Just simply let me know where you are struggling most and I will help you fix it. Subscribe to my rapid weight loss tips on youtube.

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You know that protein’s essential for a slimmer you. But here’s why protein really needs to play a prime roll on your plate: “Your body starts to produce more insulin as you age, since your muscle and fat cells aren’t responding to it properly,” explains Louis Aronne, M.D., director of the obesity clinic at Cornell University. Insulin promotes fat storage—especially around your belly—and a diet high in protein may protect you against insulin resistance, says Aronne. In one study, obese women who followed a diet for eight weeks that was roughly 30 perecent protein, 40 percent carbs, and 30 percent fat lost significantly more fat—including visceral pudge—than women who stuck to a plan that was 16 percent protein, 55 percent carbs, and 26 percent fat.

2. It dramatically increases your basal metabolic rate for several days after each workout, and research shows this type of training can result in hundreds of more calories burned than workouts performed with lighter weights.

Fruit juices are loaded with sugar, and don’t carry the benefit of fiber that comes with eating the fruit itself. If you’re trying to lose belly fat, keep your consumption of fruit juice to a minimum.

Sit with knees bent and feet on floor. Clasp underside of thighs with both hands, hinge back, and lift feet until lower legs are parallel to floor; release hands. Straighten legs and reach for your toes; hold for 8 breaths. Repeat 3 times.

Lose fat with high-intensity interval training (HIIT). If you’re trying to lose weight fast, HIIT training can super-charge your metabolism for upwards of 24 hours after exercising.[28] This means your body will continue burning calories long after you’ve ended your workout. HIIT burns more calories in less time than steady-state cardio. In one study, researchers looked at two groups, one running for 30 to 60 minutes three times per week, the other doing four to six 30-second treadmill sprints, resting for four to six minutes between each sprint. After six weeks, it was found that the group doing HIIT training lost more weight.[29]

Why It Beats Bloat: Constipation distends your belly, and one easy way to get rid of it is by starting each morning with a breakfast cereal that guarantees your body a daily dose of fiber. This gets the digestive system moving within a day or so and keeps it that way. Based on a study of breakfast cereals, University of Toronto researchers say that consuming two kinds of fiber at once is most effective. The scientists found that participants had an easier time staying regular with a cereal that contained both insoluble fiber (from bran) and gel-like soluble fiber (from psyllium). The two types work together to pull water into your colon and speed up elimination, explains Joanne Slavin, PhD, a professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota. The result? You look and feel lighter.

It took me 12 months to go from 28 to 9. Although I stalled for some time on around the 12 mark due to metab slow down. Following some advice from Mike (up calories for a few weeks and then following the lose weight quick article macros) got things moving again to 9%.

I will answer your question but need to clear up a few misconceptions. ‘Calories in VS calories out’ does not work how people think it works. When it works, it is due to a happy coincidence and fat is hard to keep off for some. Not convinced? Please be open minded. Here’s why people lose or gain fat…

By the time you hit your 40s, a host of physical changes converge to coax the fat that may once have collected on your hips and thighs — the bane of pear-shaped women — to land on your tummy instead. If you’ve always been an apple shape whose fat naturally gravitated to your middle, aging only intensifies the pattern. Here are some of the factors responsible for that extra cushioning.

Eating more and more processed and packaged foods, with a decrease in fresh plant foods. The most substantial dietary change to happen in the last century include over-consumption of high calorie foods including processed vegetable oils, sugary drinks, fast food and all types of sweet snacks.

Although a bit of body chub is necessary to keep us in good health, too much of the stuff can have the opposite effect on life expectancy and wellbeing—especially when it collects around the midsection. Not only does belly fat, or visceral fat, make it difficult to zip up your jeans, it also increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes—even if you’re not particularly overweight.

I don’t think I’m understanding something. Mike says to burn more calories than you consume on a daily basis, but that would mean you would need to eat very little food. 1 apple is 72 calories. 1 egg is 70 calories. An average workout I probably burn about 500 calories. So it is so easy to consume a large amount of calories and burn very little in a day. Am I misunderstanding something?

A major reason diets fail is people just aren’t able to stick to them long enough. Wishes turn into cravings and ultimately binges, which can undo days or even weeks of hard work if it really gets out of hand.

The general serving size is 4 capsules. However, if you read the label, you’ll see I recommend 1 capsule per every 50 lbs of body weight to start and then to work your way to 1 capsule per every 25 lbs of body weight. So, for you, you’d start with 3 capsules and work your way to 6 capsules before fasted weightlifting and another 6 before fasted cardio. For me however, since I’m almost 200 lbs, I need 8 capsules before each fasted training session and that’s 2 servings of 4 capsules.

Start the day off right. High cortisol levels in the morning makes breakfast more likely to be stored as belly fat and result in cravings for junk food throughout the day. Studies have shown that relora, a blend of two herbs called magnolo and phellodendron, can help reduce cortisol. It’s also calming, not drowsy, making it perfect for mornings.

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

Eat the amount of calories appropriate for your energy needs. The USDA dietary guidelines say women 31 to 50 only require about 1,800 to 2,200 calories daily to fulfill their energy needs, depending on activity level. If you carry extra weight around your belly or elsewhere, you will likely need to reduce this amount to facilitate weight loss. Many Internet sites, such as caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php, offer free calculators to determine your calorie needs based on several factors, including desired weight and activity level.

How to do it: Set your forearms on the floor with elbows directly under your shoulders and legs fully extended behind you, with your knees locked out. The trick to this exercise is to be as parallel to the ground as possible, so try not let your hips drop or your head push toward the ground. The more aligned you are, the more effective it is. Draw your navel in, squeeze your butt and try to pull your elbows toward your feet (this will engage your lats). If you are doing this exercise properly, you will probably only be able to hold it for 20 seconds. That’s OK—put your knees back down on the ground with your forearms in place, rest for a few seconds and have at another rep.

Someone can be skinny with a big belly, but that is most likely due to their lifestyle. Maybe they have a job where they sit all day (office work or truck drivers are the most common) and that causes abs muscles to relax.

When you eat food, it gets broken down into various molecules that your cells can use, and these molecules are released into your blood. Insulin is released as well, and its job is to shuttle these nutrients into cells for absorption and processing.

Water is one of the best tools to help you with weight loss*. According to experts, water is crucial when it comes to regulating the metabolic rate and the body’s fat-burning mechanisms. It helps your body run more efficiently and helps flush out harmful substances from the body. Water also helps you control food intake by helping you feel full sooner and longer.

A study has shown positive results about coconut oil in reducing abdominal fat. In this study, some women were given 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and some other women were given 2 tablespoons of soybean oil for 28 days. Both the groups lost about 2 pounds but the group taking coconut oil also reduced their waist circumference while those on soybean oil had a mild increase in belly fat. The coconut oil group also increased HDL (good) cholesterol levels. However, mindlessly having coconut oil may in fact increase your weight, after all it is a fat. So, keep the following tips in mind when using coconut oil to lose belly fat.

Hey Mike! This article was a really interesting read and opened my eyes to a few things. I had no idea about the alpha and beta fat cells. Perhaps I have more alpha cells in my belly / hips area. I am a 21 year old female, 5’8 and 135 lbs. I do about 3 days of resistance training (arms, abs, legs), and 4 days of cardio (one of which includes HIIT). I have a pretty clean diet and seriously can’t figure out why my body still looks the same after months. I’m not by any means fat or even chubby. I just have the smallest amount of fat to lose around my stomach and hips and would be happy forever if I could, but I just CAN’T seem to lose it. Do I need to do heavier weight lifting? Maybe my calorie deficit isn’t enough. I would say I eat around 1600 – 2,000 calories depending on the day. I rarely drink alcohol or eat any sweets / processed foods. What would you recommend I do different to speed up my fat-loss weight? I don’t have much money to drop on supplements unfortunately as I know they get rather pricey!

The kind of food you will eat in this period is vital in bringing about any change. Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas, chicken, beef, fish and low fat dairy should replace processed foods full of sugar.

Are you committed to the work needed to lose belly fat? “Reducing belly fat takes a combination approach of a low-calorie diet that is high in fiber and low in carbohydrates and sugar along with cardiovascular and weight training,” Dr. Kashyap says. “If you are willing to do the work, you can move past genetics and lose it.”

Lie on your back on a stability ball with your feet hip-distance apart on the floor and knees bent to 90 degrees. Place your right hand behind your head and your left fingertips on the floor for balance. Brace your core and lift your left foot off the floor. Extend your left leg, foot flexed.

On a stationary bike, I do a 3 minute warm up followed by 30 second sprints & 30 seconds of rest for the next 20 minutes. When I can swim, I’ll sprint 50 yards ( for me that’s 27-30 seconds) then rest 30-60 seconds. Recently I’ve been jumping rope too following the same pattern — 30 seconds as fast as I can (for me that’s 90-110 skips in 30 seconds, usually closer to the former rather than the latter), followed by 30 seconds of rest. I’ve also worked in hills/flat ground sprints, again following the same work rest protocol. The opportunities are endless as far as HIIT activities, but research has shown that biking is the activity that not only helps you preserve the most muscle but can actually help you build more too.

You’ll also need to weight-train to mitigate the natural loss of muscle mass as you age. A study published in a Brazilian medical journal in 2014 confirmed that post-menopausal women in their 50s who did cardio exercise, weight training and flexibility movements experienced less visceral fat gain and muscle loss than women who did not.

In terms of supplements, there are some that can help you reach your goals faster. That said, they aren’t necessary to lose weight and you can reach your goals with just diet and exercise. Check this out:

7. Eat More Protein. Protein has a higher thermic effect than other foods: your body burns more energy processing proteins than it does processing carbs and fat. That’s why high protein diets work great at burning your belly fat.

I love your book. This is my 1 month transformation. I went from 102kg to 94kg. I lost over 20 pounds in such a short period. I feel like i lost quite some muscle and strenght. I think that the problem lays in body fat percentage. I cant accuretly determine my body fat percentage. What do you think was my body percentage in both pictures. Also will i be able to get that muscle gaster because of muscle memory.