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Mike, starting my cut for summer. Am training in the morning so fasted training is fine for me. Am taking leucine, but my VPX meltdown are still yet to arrive in the mail so I was going to just get some caffeine via a strong black coffee pre-workout. Is drinking a black coffee going to spike insulin levels at all? (as I presume caffeine pills on their own do not…)

Watching that extra junk around your trunk turn your body into a full-blown Buddha belly puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and early death. Luckily, losing the weight doesn’t have to take forever; with these 22 belly fat-fighting tips, you can shave two inches off your waistline in as little as two weeks. Think your age will stand in the way of your weight loss? The 20 Ways to Lose Your Belly When You’re Older will help folks of any age get on track to their best body ever.

Once you’ve established a regular cardio routine, add two or three weight training sessions on nonconsecutive days to your weekly workouts; everyone naturally gains some fat as they age, but building muscle tone can significantly slow the production of belly fat. In a study conducted at the University of Minnesota, overweight women who did twice-weekly strength training routines that included eight to 10 exercises of major muscle groups, from biceps curls to leg presses, gained 67 percent less visceral fat over two years than women who didn’t do strength training regularly.

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Consult your doctor before changing your diet and exercise if you have a chronic disease or joint problems. The doctor may ask that you workout with a physical therapist to avoid doing harmful exercises or seek the aid of a nutritionist.

When I read this article previously, I thought I read about adding a protein shake after lunch or before bed, but cannot find that included in this version of the article. Can you please let me know if it was something I misread or remembered incorrectly?

Robin Baccus I have been using Belly Blaster PM for one month now and am quite pleased. my stomach has decreased in size and I have lost at least four more pounds. I am now able to wear several pairs if pants that gaped in the front by around four inches, one month ago. Now they all fit easily. My confidence has increased. I know I have a ways to go but I am well on my way to getting there. Thank you for such a good product, they are rare to come by. I have to agree with Cindy Benoit it doesn’t make you have a BM every day, but I have more BM’s than I was before I started this product. Am looking forward to getting my next bottle, praying I get it before I run out. I don’t want to miss a step in the program.

than a year now. I started out by doing just pure cardio and I lost around 12pounds in a span of 3 months. Since I wasn’t a big guy in the first place, I lost fat pretty much from every part of the body except my belly. And then my interest changed to lifting. So after 2-3 months of cardio, I basically just moved to lifting and fell in love with it. And since I had started lifting, I was eating good amount of food daily to keep my protein intake high. It’s been a year now since I have been lifting. I am getting good muscular shape in every part of the body except my belly. My belly is still the same size as it was one year ago. I just don’t know how to get rid of it. I want to get ripped and have a

Cayenne pepper: Hot peppers will increase your heart rate, make you sweat, and boost your metabolism at the same time. They are also one the best foods to reduce inflammation in your body. Capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, can increase calories burned after consumption. A study in the British Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when subjects consumed capsaicin for weight maintenance, fat oxidation (the breakdown of fat) was increased. Capsaicin may also stimulate the production of AMPK, leading to further breakdown of fat. Try adding cayenne pepper to recipes like chicken tenders for an extra fat-burning effect or try a detox drink with cayenne pepper.

Great read and I’m looking to give this a go. I’ve been putting on muscle over last couple years and been complimented on it but that little roll of belly fat refuses to disappear so hope this new routine does the trick!

Some people mistakenly think that it is not possible to lose belly fat without losing weight overall. This is a mistaken belief if insulin resistance is causing the abdomen fat or belly fat — the apple shaped figure — that is becoming increasingly prevalent. Therefore, we can have an abundance of body fat around the abdomen or stomach, whilst we are not necessarily fat elsewhere. Alternatively, we can be fat elsewhere but it is out of proportion to the abundance of body fat accumulating around the abdomen or stomach. First, let’s overview the foods to eat and the foods to avoid. Lastly, let’s have a final overview and provide you will all the plans and programs to blast the belly fat.

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I am trying to lose fat and train in a “fasted” state. My workouts usually occur from anytime between 4-6. Lately, I have been eating my last meal before working out around noon, and have noticed that my workouts have been low-intensity due to being in the “fasted” state. I take a pre-workout supp and BCAA’s to prevent muscle loss, but I am still fatigued during my workout. What would you recommend I do to get back to my old workout intensity while still being in the “fasted” state? What kind of meal and what time should I have?

Thanks for the reply. And yup, just using the macro/cal targets you recommended in a past email. I try to track as accurately as I can (weigh in grams, use appropriate variations- frozen chicken grams vs. cooked, etc). Maybe I just haven’t given it long enough. I’ve lost about 40 lbs so far and all that remains is this stubborn belly fat. It’s been 2 weeks, so hopefully in another 2 I’ll start to notice a change. Thanks again!

I then went on a heavy lifting program 5 days with one cardio day to try and build some muscle mass while eating at a surplus for 6 months and probably got up to 19-20% but added a half decent amount of muscle (I had very little before as a result of the long weight loss).

Hi. Do you have a plan or some guidance for obese women carrying around weight on the lower abdomen? Lost and not really comprehending. Just really need a plan set on paper and what kind of exercises to do. I suffer from psoriatic arthritis, fibro and carpal tunnel, I have bursitis and tendonitis in both hips and shoulders. Lots of pain and it makes me not want to even move…steroids for the past 4.5 years so you can just imagine… just really want to get this weight off and I like the fasted state plan you talk about. How can I get this plan along with the products?

3. Sleep: Getting the right amount of shut-eye helps. In one study, people who got 6 to 7 hours of sleep per night gained less visceral fat over 5 years compared to those who slept 5 or fewer hours per night or 8 or more hours per night. Sleep may not have been the only thing that mattered — but it was part of the picture.

Sean, I wager it’s your diet. Have you set calorie and macro targets? Are you (accurately) tracking? It all comes down to energy balance. If you aren’t eating less cals than your body uses, then you won’t lose fat.

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10. Stay Motivated. Looking at your belly or in the mirror gives you inaccurate feedback. What you see is influenced by food intake, water retention, light and your own perception. Self-image issues can make the last one tricky.

It’s true that your immune system won’t be quite as resilient when you’re in a calorie deficit. However, you can mitigate the damage by making sure the vast majority of your calories are coming from nutrient-dense foods, taking a multivitamin, reducing stress where possible, etc. If you ALWAYS get sick when you cut, you might be lowering calories too much, exercising too much, or not sleeping enough. Check this out:

3. Exercise Ball Crunch. This is one of the most effective ways to strengthen and flatten abs.  Studies show this exercise is 40% more effective than regular ab crunches as it targets smaller muscles for flat toned abs including the oblique’s for a small waist and the outermost muscles that your typical ab crunch may miss.  To begin, lie down on the ball positioning it under the lower back.  Place arms behind your head.  Tighten your abs as you lift your torso off the ball while keeping the ball stable.  Lower back down and repeat 15 times with 1-3 sets.

Hey Thomas, awesome you’ve gotten great results following the program. I still have snacks between meals to hit my macros, and my cut is 25% TDEE deficit. No adjusted TDEE. 20-25% deficit is recommended.

Good article. I have been perplexed by belly fat since I gained what I call sh** weight 16 years ago (at age 27). I call it sh** because I put this on without stress, medications, excess calories, beer and cigarette consumption, and poor sleep habits (I was going to bed around 11:30-midnight every night or so).

My biggest problem is I suffer from M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) so HIIT is out, but heavy weights is what im doing in the garage when I can, I am taking L glutamine, B12, Acteyl L cartine and omega supplements which have really boosted energy and sleep along with the diet.

Working out in the morning before breakfast when insulin is at baseline is great, especially if you’re cutting and trying to lose fat. I just recommend taking HMB, leucine, or BCAAs beforehand to help mitigate protein breakdown. Check this out: https://legionathletics.com/fasted-cardio/

Damn you ARE lean. That’s great. Honestly getting lower than that is a real pain in the ass and likely unhealthy. I’ve worked with quite a few women that wanted to be REALLY lean and started losing their periods around 15%. Just an FYI.

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.

Get your natural carbohydrates from low carbohydrate (non-starchy) leafy green vegetables, and have only a moderate amount of low carbohydrate fruit such as berries. Remember, that most fruit is high in (glucose/sugar/carbohydrate).

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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.

It’s also important to remember to keep upping the intensity as you get fitter. Again, if the exercise is not challenging enough, you’re not going to reap results. You can get the details on how to properly perform high-intensity interval exercises in the following video demonstration.

Yes, it can be very tempting to reach for the merlot at the end of a particularly taxing day at the office, but studies show that alcohol is one of the main offenders when it comes to storing belly fat. Consider this: if you consume just two glasses of wine an evening, that’s an extra 72,000 calories a year, which equates to 20 pounds of fat.

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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.

If you’re smart about the foods you choose and limiting your intake, eventually you’ll start losing body fat all over. But sorry: There’s no way to get it to disappear from only your belly — you may lose fat your face, hips, butt and chest, too.

I’ve now lost almost 40lbs. I had a body pod test done and I still have 12-13% bf left and a little lower belly flab/fat. How do I get rid of that last bit. And how do I lose or get rid of the loose skin on my lower belly?

It makes scientific sense, also: A recent study found that antioxidants in cocoa prevented laboratory mice from gaining excess weight and actually lowered their blood sugar levels. And another study at Louisiana State University found that gut microbes in our stomach ferment chocolate into heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory compounds that shut down genes linked to insulin resistance and inflammation. Why the berries? The fruit speeds up the fermentation process, leading to an even greater reduction in inflammation and weight.

Can I just ask, my calorie deficit for my weight and height is currently 1700 cals a day…. but if I do my HIIT should I give myself say an extra 400 cals, and maybe an extra 200 cals for a weight lifting session? So on a HIIT and weight day give myself 2300 cals? Thanks

Damn you ARE lean. That’s great. Honestly getting lower than that is a real pain in the ass and likely unhealthy. I’ve worked with quite a few women that wanted to be REALLY lean and started losing their periods around 15%. Just an FYI.

Hey Tom, congrats on the weight loss so far! As long as you remain in a calorie deficit, the beer gut will eventually disappear. Fat will come off different parts of your body at different rates, so don’t get discouraged! it’s down to your particular body, and how it likes to store fat.

Perfect!! You already achieved a very good goal, that motivates me. I will do the same by going from 20%bf to at least 9%bf. I will try to do it till july, then after summer a little bulk but I don’t want to have a hard time cutting again, so maybe as you I’ll try not to go so far according to bf% while bulking.

One question: You said that protein intake induces insulin in the bloodstream, which sabotages the so desirable fasted state, right? So, what’s the difference between taking BCAA’s or Isolated whey protein for the fasted training? I mean, both have protein in their composition.. which in theory disrupts the fasted state..

You always have time to exercise. Twenty minutes of physical activity each day will help (just make sure you take five minutes to warm up and stretch). I learned from my PE teacher that you can always find 30 minutes to get a good workout in. Also, in school you should be careful what you eat on your lunch break.

Well, the truth is these are all aspects of fat loss, but this type of marketing is little more than an attempt to dazzle you with terminology and scientific half-truths in hopes that you just accept the claimed benefits at face value.

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As in, make sure you’re eating a lot of it. 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% after five years.

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Yes, but don’t be too hard on yourself, because you are young and still growing. Try to eat more veggies and fruits, and do some exercise, like swimming, playing sports, riding your bike or even a short sprint outside once a day or at least 3-4 times a week.

The secret to a slimmer stomach in no time? A whole lot of fiber in your diet. Although many people are loath to add carbs to their diet when they’re trying to lose weight, adding the right, fiber-rich ones can have inches off your belly in a hurry. In fact, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that every 10-gram daily increase in soluble fiber was associated with a 3.7 percent decrease in dangerous visceral fat over five years. Those who were active got even leaner, shaving off twice that much fat in the same amount of time. To start ditching that extra belly fat today, add the 30 Best Foods For Fiber to your menu!

• While in plank position, pull in your bellybutton. Your bellybutton is attached to your transverse abdominis, that inner sheath that holds your gut inside and gives your spine and vertebrae a nice, weight belt-tightening type of support. So by pulling it in, you begin to contract that deep inner transverse abdominis muscle. If you want to work your six-pack rectus abdominis muscle, drive your chin down toward your toes while you’re focused on squeezing your bellybutton in.

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Just do squats for half an hour. No matter how much you do on the first day, slowly push your limits. Cardio exercises like swimming and cycling will help a lot. Don’t overdo it on the first day, increase it day by day.

This composite works in few different ways. The parsley is great source of vitamins that are necessary for normal digestion. The lemon is very helpful for burning the fat. This composite enhances your metabolism.

Great article thanks a lot! I also have question. So I’m 49 days into a weight loss program. I’ve dropped 12 kilos in that time just through limiting my calories to about 1,000 – 1,500 per day and training 4-6 times a week a mixture of cardio and weight training. I now feel like everything is slowing down and I’m not getting anywhere, I’m tired, slow to recover and belly fat also not going anywhere now that my early weight drop has happened. This morning for the first time I had a protein shake (with water not milk) before going to the gym just to put something in my stomach and I put an espresso shot in that as well. I use Body Science Whey Protein Isolate – would that have raised my insulin levels right before training effecting the fat burning ability my training would have? Or should I move to maybe just drinking some water like you do, shot of coffee too perhaps and then have my shake post workout. I would load up on the supplements like you’ve laid out above but I’m on a very tight budget at the moment so I’m trying to cut whilst being a hobo…

Don’t buy your tickets to Bonnaroo just yet; the kind of acid that will help you slim down is the stuff right inside your cabinet. A 12-week study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry reveals that obese study subjects who made vinegar part of their diet dropped more belly fat than a control group, and other research suggests that acidic foods, like vinegar, can increase the human carbohydrate metabolism by as much as 40 percent.

Eggs, plain yogurt (Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular), 1/2 cup of beans or lentils, 4 oz tofu or tempeh, 1/2 cup quinoa. Keep in mind that most food contains protein and your body can only assimilate about 25 grams at a time, so if you are planning your meals around whole plant based foods, you will get enough protein (for example, kale has 2.9g of protein in 1 cup, sweet potato has 2.1g in 1 cup), and so forth.

HI Mike, great article!! I have question. I trained in the morning, can i do a hitt workout with empty stomach for 30 min and then take bcaa to do weight lifting? I want to loose weight but still lift weights.

A reminder: Don’t overdo it. If your form breaks down during the routine, just stop there. Then next time, adjust your starting point so that you can work all the way down to one without having to stop. As you become better conditioned, start with a higher number.

A study published in a 2008 issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise showed that, after 12 weeks, women who exercised at a high intensity three times per week and at a low intensity two times per week lost notably more belly fat than women who stuck to a low-intensity all five days.

You can still sculpt out a slimmer silhouette with cardiovascular exercise, a healthy, balanced, low fat diet and whatever bonus activities you throw in. This may not be a novel approach, but it really works.

Balancing on left leg, extend right leg out low in front of body, toe pointed, as upper body twists to right. Return to starting position; repeat on opposite side. (Tip: Inhale when feet are together and exhale on rotation, drawing abs in tighter on exhalation.)

Yeah, it sounds a little weird, but hear us out. Experts say that certain compounds in olive oil stimulate a hormone in your stomach that signals to your brain that it’s full. Thus, it curbs your appetite so your body doesn’t feel quite as hungry. You probably don’t want to shoot it straight up, so try dipping some multigrain bread into about a tablespoon of the stuff 15 minutes before a meal. Quirky, but it should keep you from overeating and packing on unnecessary pounds.

All trans fats should be avoided, but contrary to popular advice, saturated fats are a key component of a healthy diet that will promote weight loss. Most people need as much as 50-85 percent of your daily calories in the form of healthy fat for optimal health.

Measure your waist to learn if you have too much belly fat. Wrap the tape measure around your stomach, just above your hipbone. Pull the tape tight, but not so tight that it pinches you. It should fit snugly and be even all the way around. When you’ve got the tape measure in place, exhale and relax. Pinch your thumb and forefinger together at the measuring tape, in order to see what your measurement is.[25]

Aging does play a role too. As you age, you lose muscle — especially if you’re not physically active. Loss of muscle mass decreases the rate at which your body uses calories, which can make it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, men in their 50s need about 200 fewer calories daily than they do in their 30s due to this muscle loss.

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Try a diet in which you consume 2200 calories (men) or 2000 calories (women) per day. This should cause a deficit sufficient for you to lose one or two pounds per week, depending on your activity level. Some women may require lower daily calorie intake, such as 1800 or 1500 a day. Start by limiting yourself to a 2000 calorie limit per day, and lower the limit if you do not see progress.

Obese people who consumed a tablespoon or two of vinegar daily for eight weeks showed significant decreases in body fat—particularly visceral fat—according to a 2009 Japanese study. “One theory is that the acetic acid in the vinegar produces proteins that burn up fat,” explains Pamela Peeke, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, author of Fight Fat After 40.

Hey Shelbi, happy to hear you’re enjoying the content so much! Having lunch around noon is ok, if you need it to tide you over during the afternoon. Otherwise, it sounds great! I recommend at least a 3-day weight training split, though.

Have adequate water to flush away those toxins. This will give you dual benefits of a glowing skin and a flat tummy. Drinking water does not only mean having gallons of water in a day, but also drinking healthy drinks like green teas with anti-oxidants and fresh vegetable and fruit juice.

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So I purchased the book, read it, and have now begun to implement the advice. In only two weeks I can already see results. Although I’m already fairly lean, I’ve struggled for six years to get rid of the last bit of stomach fat caused by pregnancy. But finally there’s been a breakthrough. The area is noticeably firmer and I’m already feeling so much better about myself. I can see that if a person follows all of the advice in Mike’s book, then they will achieve results. He knows what he’s talking about and it is so refreshing to have someone pass on the knowledge that’s actually going to work.

2. Be the class clown in gym class – Have entirely too much energy in gym class. Act super enthusiastic and excited, move around the entire time! Volunteer to take the lead and demonstrate exercises. Whatever it takes to bring your energy and activity level to a 10? Make it happen!

Also–It is hard for me to get 2 fasted training sessions in on cardio days. I typically will start with HIIT @ 5 am (Forge/Phoenix/Pulse supplements), then eat breakfast -40g protein/75-100g Carb, and then hit the weights @7:30 / 8am after dropping kid off at school before starting my work day. Follow workout with a shake (40g protein, 50-75g carb).

The ENERGY required to learn all these new recipes is the reason why most diets fail. It’s not that we intrinsically lack the motivation to lose weight. It’s just that we lose motivation to make the darn food in the first place!

Vegetables are extremely healthy and must be included in your diet. But your body struggles to break it down when it is eaten raw. So it’s better to have steamed veggies instead of eating them raw. It’ll cut the extra efforts your stomach and gastrointestinal tract have to undergo in order to break those vegetables down.

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.

Hi Karen, the small snack at 4pm would not allow you to be in a fasted state at 6pm. If you were to have it at around 2-3pm, that would better for fasted training before dinner. Great job sticking to the diet plan and getting your exercise in! Happy to hear you’re getting results. Stubborn fat in the lower ab area can take some time and work. Here’s more info to help you keep progress moving:

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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.

Don’t undervalue rest and/or sleep: Some people can end up actually working too hard, sabotaging their own progress, maybe even making themselves more likely to come across sickness or injury. Make sure that you’re taking at least 1-2 rest days each week and that your training sessions are not running on too long. Related: Signs of Overtraining You should also try to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep – try to get 7-8 hours a night.

GREAT article just a few questions I’m doing the 5:2 diet and exercising on my fasting days between 1-2 hours plus exercise on other days as well. I’m down at 24% fat with a goal to go down to 20% but do I have to fast all days in the week (deficit of 20 to 25%) to accomplish this or does the right exercise plus 5:2 do the trick, I’ve only done it for 3 weeks but would be great to know if this will work or not.

Increase your daily activity levels. Lifestyle activities are a great way to add more exercise to your day. Being more active throughout the day has been shown to have similar benefits to 150 minutes of planned cardio each week.

Hey there…BIG fan of yours…I tell everyone that asks me about my progress about your website. Especially…Thinner, Leaner, Stronger. I’m a 41 year old female, started out at 5’6 and 160 pounds (YIKES!). Been working with a personal trainer for a year now and have lost 30 pounds…gone from a size 10 to a 4 and have seen GREAT progress. I still have some belly fat, outer thigh and of course the glutes still need some work. Everyone tells me I don’t need to be any smaller…I would agree with that but do I train to lose that last bit of fat that’s hanging on or do I just focus on building muscle?? Not sure my best course at this stage. And ONE more question…how long would you say it typically takes to build up those glutes for that “gravity defying” booty! Feeling like there’s slow progress there. Thank you for any direction you can give me!

I started my transformation journey in January 2014. In January, I was 74,2 kg with 19% body fat ratio. As recommended, I calculated my TDEE, caloric deficit amount (%20 less than TDEE) and macro requirements (I kept daily protein intake at around 160+ gr). I can say that I followed it very strictly and got measurements every month.

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Yet an increase in belly fat does more than make it hard to zip up your jeans. Research shows that belly fat also carries serious health risks. The good news? The threats posed by belly fat can be reduced.

Stress makes your body produce cortisol, known as “the stress hormone,” which depletes lean muscle and makes your body hold on to fat in the abdominal region. It also enlarges your fat cells, allowing them to store more fat. One of the most important strategies for addressing elevated cortisol levels is to reduce stress in your life. My favorite technique for addressing day-to-day stress is the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which is the largest and most popular version of energy psychology.

I’ve been trying to design a training/eating regime that suits my life at the moment, while ensuring that I train in a somewhat fasted state. Here’s what I have come up, Sun-Fri, 2 hiit cardio, 2 spinning classes, 2 resistence training sessions:

Beans lentils, barley, seeds and nuts and other legumes are a great source of lean protein. Adding beans and peas to your soups, salads, and casseroles adds protein without adding the saturated fats that contribute to belly fat.

B. Crunch up, twisting your right shoulder and rib cage toward your left knee while simultaneously stretching your right leg straight (keep your foot on the floor). Return to starting position (left leg lifted and right leg bent); that’s 1 rep.

Hi Mike, just wanna get a few tips here for constructing my plan here. So I’m a relative newbie so weight loss and muscle gain is my aim. I’m not able to do late cardio sessions so I can’t do fasted cardio at that time. And you say elswhere that 5 liftting session per week is better than 4 and 4 is better than 3. And also do 3-4 cardio session per week. So if I want to train fasted with Forge and wieghlifting prior to cardio is best, whats the best way of going about that? I can work out 6 times a week total. I was thinking just while cutting to do the three day a week weightlifting, so then I could do cardio the other three days, and it can all be fasted and cardio can be separated enough from weightlifting. And it sounds like I would probably want to put the cardio in between each day to be able to rest from each lifting day. How does that sound? Thanks again for everything Mike!

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.

People with chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol tend to carry excess visceral fat. Foods that are high on the glycemic index (GI), which uses a ranking system of 0 to 100, cause more rapid spikes in your blood sugar, in turn triggering the release of cortisol when glucose levels crash. The constant up and down of your blood sugar levels can also lead to insulin resistance — the first step on the road to type 2 diabetes. To help keep cortisol levels stable, choose low-GI foods (with a rating of 55 or less) like beans, lentils, and chickpeas, instead of high-GI options like white rice and potatoes. To find the GI rating of your foods, use the University of Sydney’s database at glycemicindex.com.

You usually requires omelet with a few egg white together with vegetables or spinach used with it for ones breakfast. You usually requires snacks like boiled roasted chicken with red spice up or cucumber using turkey breast since snacks. Include salads created from vegetables, chicken, coconut oil etc for noon-time meal. Do not take a lot more than 150gms of roasted chicken or turkey with one serving. Additionally use a fistful with seeds or nuts as soon as you feel hungry. That will reduce the needing. Start doing a few crunches to mobilize the fat in the gut.

Im signed up for the email list to be notified when the supps are re-stocked, but just wondering any idea when that would be? Cauuuuuse Im so jonesing to try out Forge, Phoenix and Pulse. I HATE bcaa’s with a passion (so gross) and so I would love to try out HMB instead.

Curl-ups: When you can do 10 shoulder lifts, move on to this. Start in the same position on the floor. Lift your torso until it’s about halfway between your knees and the floor behind you. Reach toward your knees and hold for 2 to 5 seconds. Then, slowly lower yourself down.

Will do on Forge and Phoenix. I’m 13.8% or so based on calipers, so I am getting there….but right about now I’m hitting another wall. So based on your comments I’ll enjoy my holidays (around maintenance) then cut down to 10% or so, then do my bulk. Thanks for the reply.

Good article. I have been perplexed by belly fat since I gained what I call sh** weight 16 years ago (at age 27). I call it sh** because I put this on without stress, medications, excess calories, beer and cigarette consumption, and poor sleep habits (I was going to bed around 11:30-midnight every night or so).

Taking BCAAs beforehand is fine, but they do contain calories. Some foods are more “insulinogenic” than others, meaning they raise insulin levels higher than other foods. All protein sources are fairly insulinogenic, but BCAAs are in particular. The good news is that they contain such a small number of calories, that the absolute rise in insulin levels is still pretty small and drops back to baseline quickly. So, it really doesn’t matter that they spike insulin regardless of whether or not you’ve eaten carbs.

For the weight-training portion of your workouts, target each of the major muscle groups — hips, back, chest, abdominals, legs, arms and shoulders — with at least two sessions per week. During your strength-training sessions, choose weights that make you feel fatigued by the last two or three repetitions in a set of eight to 12. Increase weight gradually, as well as the number of sets, when the weights start to become manageable.

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.

Stubborn tummy fat can be very hard to shift. Due to our often sedentary lifestyles and stressful jobs, medicated with alcohol and biscuits, belly fat can easily build up. And, it’s not just our ability to win the swimsuit competition that’s affected by the belly build up: fat deposits around the belly are linked to serious health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. 

Do not try to lose weight too rapidly. Crash diets and diet pills that promise weight loss are usually bad for you and actually don’t help keep the weight off in the long run. Resist the urge to take the “easy” way out and instead stick with a healthier lifestyle. This way you lose the weight and improve your health, helping you keep the weight off in a way that won’t harm you in the long run.

White carbohydrates are highly processed and turn to sugar very quickly in your gut. So under the belly fat diet, the following foods are thus prohibited, except for within 1.5 hours of finishing a resistance-training workout of at least 20 minutes in length: bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, and fried food with breading. If you avoid eating anything white, you’ll be safe.

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I do take some issue with with the fasted cardio suggestion though. While I wouldn’t normally link to bb.com, Schoenfeld offers a pretty convincing write up as to why fasted cardio isn’t so useful. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/the-myth-of-cardio-before-breakfast-debunked.html

You might think passing on lunch will save calories and trim your middle, but you’re actually trending toward the opposite. Going long periods of time without eating can send your body into starvation mode, meaning it starts storing everything you’ve already eaten as fat since it doesn’t know when you’re going to feed it again. And guess where that chub piles on first? Yup. Your midsection. Experts say having a small meal or snack every three hours will keep your body fueled and in prime calorie-torching mode all day.

Start each day by making a large pitcher of “spa water”—that’s detox water filled with sliced whole lemons, oranges or grapefruits—and make a point of sipping your way through at least 8 glasses before bedtime. Citrus fruits are rich in the antioxidant delimonene, a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and gives sluggish bowels a kick, according to the World Health Organization.

Appetite hormones, including ghrelin and leptin, control how hungry or satisfied we feel before, after and between eating. Eating chemically altered foods (which spike cravings), repeat yo-yo dieting, crash dieting, genetic factors and stress can all interfere with appetite regulation.

Sleep disorders may also lead to weight gain. One of the most common disorders, sleep apnea, is a condition in which breathing stops repeatedly during the night due to soft tissue in the throat blocking the airway.

Can I just ask, my calorie deficit for my weight and height is currently 1700 cals a day…. but if I do my HIIT should I give myself say an extra 400 cals, and maybe an extra 200 cals for a weight lifting session? So on a HIIT and weight day give myself 2300 cals? Thanks

Why It Beats Bloat: Foods such as bananas and potatoes help your body get rid of excess water weight, minimizing your middle. The extra fluid is typically present because the two main minerals that control the amount of water in your body—potassium and sodium—have gotten out of balance. When your sodium level is too high, your tissues hold on to fluid.

This is why, when you start a fat loss regimen, you see immediate results in certain areas of your body like your chest, arms, and face, but next-to-nothing in other areas like your stomach, hips, and thighs.

The proof that hormones control fat storing and burning is common knowledge in the medical world and is not controversial. Yes there are hormones that control hunger and feeling full but in the end it’s all about being a fat burner or sugar burner.

Love your articles, website, and diet info, its really helping. I just need that little extra to get down to 10%, Going to get hydrostatically weighed this week to really narrow it down and see where I’m at. Believe I’m right around 16% or so…

Being a senior and dieting most of my life the I was wondering if this would be a good program for me to follow? I have not given up though and will check into the program you have outlined here in your excellent article.

Hi, am 40 years old and about 5’4 in height and currently weight about 136 lbs. For the past few 3 months i am on a high protein diet. ( 4 egg whites in the morning, 1 cup of coffee ), lunch is 1 small cup of rice with veggies, coffee at 5 pm then i do my work out for about 1 hour on an average – lift heavy weights. Post work out by 7 PM i take about 2 scoops of whey protein followed by dinner at around 8 PM ( Mostly boiled egg whites -4 and some veggies ).

Hi Mike, I am a Bigger Leaner Stronger user (its been a month and a half). I have a question after reading this post of yours and would really appreciate it if you could clarify it for me. In your book, you suggest to incorporate a pre-workout meal which includes about 30 grams of carbs and 30 grams of proteins, which is what I have been following. However, in this article, you talk about working out in a fasted state for effective belly fat loss. Which one should I be following – I am currently following macros for cutting 1.2g P, 0.2g F, 1g C per pound of body weight. I workout first thing in the morning, however, I do have a pre-workout shake with 30 grams of each carbs and proteins. I do not have all the things you mention here BCAA etc etc to incorporate in my pre-workout meal. Would you suggest I ditch the pre-workout shake all together? Please advise. Thank you for all your hard work. It has helped my entire family greatly.

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.

I’ve never really eaten poorly but at the same time have never really been particular about my eating habits & what I ate. I’ve recently changed that within the last 6 months or so by cutting out nearly all forms of processed foods & sugar (as much as possible), eating more protein & good fats, and trying to exercise portion control (my Achilles heel).

Extend your left arm toward the sky, staying engaged through your core (shown). Now scoop your left arm in front of your body and reach under the space between your chest and the ground, twisting only from the waist up.

In addition to HIIT, you’ll want to consider adding some strength training to your program. Note that you can actually turn your strength training session into a high-intensity workout simply by slowing down your movements. Proper form is important, so to learn more about how to perform such exercises, please refer to my previous article, “Super-Slow Weight Training.”

Hi Mike. I dont have time to workout twice like you do. AM: lifting PM: cardio. My routine is lifting, then cardio fasted first thing in the morning with the proper legion supplements. However, by the time I get to cardio, i am drained from lifting, stomach is making hungry noises and i am starving by then. Any adive on how to have more energy for cardio?? My routine is stretch 10 mins, lift 45 mins then cardio 10 mins on stairmaster. I like to add more cardio to my routine. Currently at 19% BF, goal is 17%. I am a female.

Pickles are low-cal, filled with fiber and covered in vinegar—which is all good news for your waistline. In fact, just one large pickle has 15 calories and 2 grams of belly-filling fiber, so eating three or four can actually leave you feeling pretty satiated for less than 100 calories! Every dieter knows that eating filling snacks are paramount to weight-loss success, but how does the vinegar help the fat-fighting cause? Studies show acidic foods help increase the rate at which the body burns off carbs by up to 40 percent—and the faster you burn off carbs, the sooner your body starts incinerating fat, which can help you get that lean look you crave. Add these tangy, pickled cucumbers to sandwiches and burgers or munch on them solo to start feeling more confident in your skivvies.

If you’re like a high percentage of adults, including even many young adults, losing extra fat around your midsection is one of the biggest obstacles along your weight loss journey. You may have experienced periods in the past when you’ve watched the numbers on the scale fall, but still you didn’t see a corresponding loss in belly fat like you’d hope for. Or, maybe you’re the type who feels overwhelmed by all the available but conflicting dietary advice out there, and so you haven’t yet started to lose weight or tackle the belly fat problem even though you know you need to for your health.

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Hi. Do you have a plan or some guidance for obese women carrying around weight on the lower abdomen? Lost and not really comprehending. Just really need a plan set on paper and what kind of exercises to do. I suffer from psoriatic arthritis, fibro and carpal tunnel, I have bursitis and tendonitis in both hips and shoulders. Lots of pain and it makes me not want to even move…steroids for the past 4.5 years so you can just imagine… just really want to get this weight off and I like the fasted state plan you talk about. How can I get this plan along with the products?

This just in: Saturated fat packs on more visceral fat than polyunsaturated ones, according to a 2014 Swedish study. When subjects ate 750 more calories daily for seven weeks, either in the form of palm oil (saturated) or sunflower oil (polyunsaturated), the former gained more visceral fat while the latter gained more muscle mass and less body fat. You know the deal: Polyunsaturated fats are the ones in nuts, seeds, and fish and can help you lose belly fat. (Here are 4 ridiculously healthy seeds you should be eating every single day.) 

Doing ab workouts might strengthen your core, but it won’t actually zap fat — and that’s why you need to eat healthy. “You exercise for 30 minutes compared to the 23-and-a-half hours that you don’t exercise. You need to eat the right things,” says Harris-Pincus.

work for people that do endurance sports. I’m usually always in a caloric deficit but still struggle with losing fat in my stomach. I do plenty of HIIT training as part of my routine and eat fairly clean. Any suggestions would be very appreciated!

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major causes of occurrence of belly fat. If you don’t indulge in any physical activity, and spend most of the time sitting, watching T.V., reading, etc., it is known as a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of regular exercise, or not exercising at all can lead to fat storage around the belly area. In other words, being a couch potato will make you fat.

I think you’re a rockstar thanks for taking the time to respond and give me more resources. I’m going to get into them now and learn some more. I’ll pick up your supplements too when I can. Are you retailing only online or are you in stores as well? I’m in Australia currently

It’s a very effective technique that can help you reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life. Getting enough sleep will also help reduce your cortisol levels, and can have a significant bearing on metabolic disorders such as obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, allowing such problems to improve. As noted in the featured article:

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?

I have been in really good shape in my life, coming from the Army, but because I am not burning thousands of calories a day for my job anymore, I have noticed that I packed on a few around my midsection. I have definitely gained alot of size and strength but have never had to watch nutrition before. to keep below my chest lean.

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.

Hi Mike, Just curious. I recently started taking Tonalin CLA and I want to start this exact method listed above and I see that CLA is not listed as part of the regimen. Just curious as to whether I need to cont. to take the CLA or d/c taking it? If it’s recommended to cont. to take the CLA, when and how often should I take the CLA? Thanks Andrea

Slouching is the main reason for fat accumulation in the body. Learn to sit straight right from your childhood. Sitting with a curved back or spine may result in fat accumulation around your stomach area.

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All of these take a toll on your metabolism and ability to control levels of body fat. If you’re up against large amounts of stress in your life (from work, lack of sleep, relationships, finances, etc.), studies show you can greatly benefit from carving out more time in your busy stress relievers like regular exercise, meditation, spending time outdoors and keeping up with fun hobbies.

Is it a good idea to cut down carbs completely? At the moment I’m doing my cardio and power cardio fasted and only take a protein shake. I also make it a point to keep my Carb intake at less than 50g a day. Will adding a little extra help me burn the belly fat and if so how much should I add?

GREAT article just a few questions I’m doing the 5:2 diet and exercising on my fasting days between 1-2 hours plus exercise on other days as well. I’m down at 24% fat with a goal to go down to 20% but do I have to fast all days in the week (deficit of 20 to 25%) to accomplish this or does the right exercise plus 5:2 do the trick, I’ve only done it for 3 weeks but would be great to know if this will work or not.

HMB is often sold as a muscle-building aid but the research purported to demonstrate these benefits is shaky at best, hindered most by design flaws. Thus, I’m not comfortable making any claims about muscle growth.

Drinking a protein shake will break your fast, yes. The shake will cause your blood sugar to increase which is followed by an increase in insulin to allow your cells to use the nutrients you just ingested–this is fine when your primary goal is to build muscle, in fact Mike recommends doing this for bulking/maintenance. However, when your goal is to maintain muscle mass and strength while cutting fat, working out in a fasted state is optimal. A fasted state being insulin/blood sugar at baseline levels which you typically reach within 3-6 hours of eating a meal. This is why fasted exercise is easier to accomplish (the fasted state–not necessarily the exercise) in the morning after you’ve essentially been fasting all night.

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?

“Every experience when you are fat is miserable. Meeting new people (they are going to immediately think I’m huge), trying on clothes (god everything is too small, they hardly have anything that fits me, that means 99 per cent of the people who come here are in better shape than I am), going out to eat (everyone is noticing how much I, the fat guy is eating), etc etc.

The most common mistake you’re probably making when doing abs work is jumping in without limbering up, causing you to do most of the work with your hips and back. See, your core muscles are harder to activate when the areas surrounding it are still tense. Try this: Before doing a single crunch, put a foam roller in the center of your back at the edge of your shoulder blades and stretch back over the roller, arms up. Repeat until the middle part of your back, which tends to get pulled the most during improper abs work, feels loose.

Talk to your parents, and make an appointment to see your doctor. Ask for a referral to talk to a registered dietitian. They will help you make some diet and lifestyle changes. It is not healthy to skip meals, and it is dangerous to lose weight too quickly.

I followed your recommendations about fasted training, BCAAs and dieting, and I think I have made some good progress in the past 1 month. I am now 69 kg with a body fat of 14,5%. However, people now say that I look very skinny and somewhat unhealthy even though there is still some visible amount of fat around my belly.

Mike, I purchased your Bigger, Leaner, Stronger book. Unfortunately due to muscle injuries, I cannot do strength training. I can only do HIIT or regular cardio. Any recommedations to bring down body fat from 18% to 8-9% in a few months?

Hey! I read the article and found it very informing. I’m 28 and i’m weight lifting and running 4-5 times a week. With Dieting as best as i can and only 1 cheat day. Can’t get rid of the waist fat which is bugging me a lot since it’s throwing off the shape of my body. I’m taking Protein after my work out but should i be taking something else as well? Thanks!

Success breeds success. Track progress accurately so you know where you are and stay motivated to keep working at losing your belly fat. Don’t just read this post and go back to what you were doing. Take action. Lose your belly fat.

I am currently roughly at a 10-11% bodyfat and eating around 2000 calories and having 3-4 strength trainings – no cardio. I would like to go down to 6-7% bodyfat. I am planning to reduce slightly my calories and implement additional gym activities to accelerate the fat loss…. 2 questions..

Great article as always. Question if I may, currently I take Phoenix and Now’s Green Tea Extract to help with this stubborn fat. I’m female, 5’6″ and pretty lean, bf around 15-16%. I’m following TLS and my cardio is circuits and mostly bodyweight HIIT. So far great, my abs have gotten down to pretty good, but not quite as visible and lean as I’d like them to be, especially that darn lower ab region.

Another example of a functional exercise would be to work with a stability ball, as your body will have to engage a wide range of core muscles to stabilize itself on the ball. Keep in mind, however, that in order to really get “six-pack” abs, you have to shed fat. Men need to get their body fat down to about six percent, and women around nine percent in order to achieve a classic six-pack look.

Keep a calculator handy. To calculate your waist-to-hip ratio accurately, measure the narrowest point of your waist and the broadest part of your hip. Divide the values you obtained from the measurement and you have your ratio. The waist-to-hip ratio is a more accurate parameter to measure BMI. Those with a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.8 are susceptible to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Resistance training, also known as weight lifting or strength training, is important for improving and maintaining muscle mass. It also helps to spike our metabolisms, which means your body burns fat even after you’ve left the gym.

There is no need to “eat back” the calories expended from HIIT cardio. The TDEE calculation already takes into account all exercise activity. So, your cutting target is 20-25% below TDEE. There is no modification to it required. Simply shoot for that target.

2. Sweep: Start with basic abs tuck (standing crunch). For that you have to lift one knee using the abs, and bend the other knee to sit slightly on the ground. Bring the rib cage to the bellybutton so that the spine is in C-curve position. Simultaneously, squeeze the oblique on one side to crunch while reaching down for the opposite foot.

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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.

Yes, you cannot spare this. You must exercise too. All the natural remedies to lose belly fat and good food and lifestyle habits will go waste if you don’t exercise. This is the eternal truth. The fast you understand this, the early you will lose your belly fat!

Monday- 20 minutes of circuit weight training. 4 exercises (Squat/presses, push-up/rows, back row, lunge curl). Do 12 of each and immediately go to next exercise. Don’t take structured rests, instead push until you can’t and rest until you can (what we call rest-based training). See how many rounds you can get in 20 minutes. Remember tug-o-war, climbing trees, chopping wood, and pushing a wheelbarrow? This will be all that and more.

Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few months, though. Some bodies require more time to make the shift from burning sugar to burning fat as its primary fuel. Just keep making incremental changes, and stick with it. Intermittent fasting can be helpful for making the transition faster. For details on this, check out my previous article, “What the Science Says About Intermittent Fasting.” There is simply no question in my mind that this is the most powerful tool you can use to optimize your lean body mass.

One of the most effective and efficient ways to lose unwanted belly fat, or simply extra weight distributed all over, is burst training or HIIT workouts. High-intensity interval training–style has been shown to be an excellent way to burn fat in a short period of time and help improve the physical performance of athletes of all kinds. (8)

Skipping a meal is never a good idea. No only does doing so increase the chance you’ll binge eat later in the day, but it also puts your body into a catabolic state, meaning it starts to break down lean muscle for energy and hoards fat—which is exactly what you don’t want when you’re trying to whittle your middle.

Raben A, Agerholm-Larsen L, Flint A, Holst JJ, Astrup A. Meals with similar energy densities but rich in protein, fat, carbohydrate, or alcohol have different effects on energy expenditure and substrate metabolism but not on appetite and energy intake. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77(1):91-100.

Use it to lose belly fat: Avoid adding salt to your meals. Instead, boost flavor with spices and herbs, many of which have added health benefits as well. Try cooking with delicious flavors like cinnamon, chili powder, cayenne powder, cumin, ginger, basil, parsley, and rosemary—we promise you won’t miss the belly-bloating salt. (Try these other tips for reducing your salt intake.)

Hi Mike. I recently had my body fat reading taken at a UFC Gym (chain) and the reading was much higher than I expected. 16%. The caliper readings have me around 12-13 I believe. It seems like a sales scam to stretch out the number of ‘sessions’ I would need to reach my % goal. Keep in mind fat loss wasn’t even why I was meeting with this trainer–it’s for Muay Thai. Any ways I don’t want to be naive and not consider the reading. I’m posting a few pics here (shadow and light) and I’d like your opinion—do you think 16% is a possibility? Thanks. MFL member. Following BSL. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b03a0c99d78a4d1fa34fa857688a1531f2992ef85ee135b76356bb855fc3a904.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/349d75db57aebb4cbc6833ebcce4487ae820945acbe062ad9693b2855a281361.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b69c05c0e3f65764d62c8a66b8a89df1611a1125343be9b29fc0d2f4729cecd.jpg

Keep your stress levels low. Stress causes the body to crave fatty foods, often called “comfort food”, and can also lead to snacking or eating when the body isn’t actually hungry. Finding ways to lower your stress levels can help you feel better and may help you lose weight faster.[39]

Insulin activity shuts down any fat releasing activity of other hormones like cortisol and therefore accentuates the negative fat storing effects. Adding cortisol to insulin is sort of like pouring gasoline on a fire. The two together with excess calories are the real culprits in fat gain around the middle.

If your belly fat is due to water retention, dandelion herb can come to your rescue. Dandelion is a natural diuretic which increases your urine output. Dandelion will improve your liver’s functioning capacity. It will flush out retained water and toxins out of your body, especially from belly area which you know by the name of abdominal bloating. Combined with some fat reducing spices, dandelion tea not only tastes good but helps reduce belly fat which is due to water retention.

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.

Flavor your water with fruits, such as watermelon, strawberry or lime. Or fill an ice tray with coconut water, freeze it, and then pop a coconut ice cube or two into your fresh water glass for some extra flavor.

Great article thanks a lot! I also have question. So I’m 49 days into a weight loss program. I’ve dropped 12 kilos in that time just through limiting my calories to about 1,000 – 1,500 per day and training 4-6 times a week a mixture of cardio and weight training. I now feel like everything is slowing down and I’m not getting anywhere, I’m tired, slow to recover and belly fat also not going anywhere now that my early weight drop has happened. This morning for the first time I had a protein shake (with water not milk) before going to the gym just to put something in my stomach and I put an espresso shot in that as well. I use Body Science Whey Protein Isolate – would that have raised my insulin levels right before training effecting the fat burning ability my training would have? Or should I move to maybe just drinking some water like you do, shot of coffee too perhaps and then have my shake post workout. I would load up on the supplements like you’ve laid out above but I’m on a very tight budget at the moment so I’m trying to cut whilst being a hobo…

12. Unhealthy food – Let’s be real, you are a teen! Your life pretty much revolves around unhealthy food. Whenever your friends want to go out, it is usually to a restaurant and not “le healthy food” restaurant either. Your after school hangout spot is usually a fast food spot. The cafeteria in your school serves unhealthy, healthy food. So, you are going to eat unhealthy! The key is moderation. Plan out a day to have a cheat meal. I will repeat, pick one day out of the week to have 1 meal or snack that is unhealthy. The best time to do this would be the daytime or early afternoon. Please avoid having your cheat meal or snack late at night. You can still be a teen and have fun but the key to having your cake and eating it too is moderation.

A little garlic in your meals could mean a lot less weight around your middle. The results of a Korean study found that mice given a high-fat diet supplemented with garlic lost significantly more weight and abdominal fat than those who just ate fatty foods. Even better, they also improved their liver health, making it easier to stay healthy and burn off that excess fat in the long term. For more flavorful ways to make your food more enjoyable, turn to the 20 Spicy Recipes That Fire Up Your Metabolism and watch those pounds melt away.

I’m following BLS training program and macros for cutting (I’m at around 1800 kcal) and have been doing my workout and cardio fasted. Basically I do the 5 days training split upon wake up and on the “rest days” also do some cardio upon wake up. Besides this I end my workouts with 10-15m cardio — I take 10g BCAA + 2g HMB before the workouts.

Although monounsaturated fats are considered healthy, they are still very calorie dense. Do not add these in addition an to an unhealthy diet or in addition to unhealthy sources of fat. These should replace those unhealthy sources of fat like trans or saturated fats.

It’s finally time to give the humble blueberry proper praise—and add some your daily diet. What makes them so great? Blueberries may help blast away stubborn belly fat by turning on your get-lean genes, according to University of Michigan researchers. After a 90-day trial, the rats fed a blueberry-enriched diet showed significantly reduced belly fat than the control group. But that’s not all! The sweet fruit also contains compounds that ward off and reverse age-related loss of memory and motor coordination.

I’ve been trying to follow your plans as much as I can. I really started constantly 2.5 months ago. I’m 32, 6ft, and weigh 185 currently. Your articles taught me HIIT and caloric deficiet. Which I do both. My starting weight 2.5 months ago was 200lbs. I weigh myself on the same scales to keep consistant. But even though the scales say I’ve lost 15lbs, I still have a belly. It’s not flat by any means. I’m trying everything but I have a pooch. I’m lost. I even started taking lipotropic b12 shots a couple weeks back. But still have a belly. Any advice please. Thank you.

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)

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.

Thanks for that Michael. I like how you suggest to break out the % of proteins, carbs and fat. I eat pretty healthy and I’m almost always in a calóric deficit because of my type of training but I stil struggle with fat. Thoughts?

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Stay hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day may help you from feeling hungry, which will help with weight control. A glass of water before meals has been shown to help people eat less. The exact amount of water you should consume depends on your own personal chemistry. The color of your urine will show you if you’re dehydrated: if it’s dark, you should be drinking more water.[5]

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.

Research also shows that fasted training increases blood flow to the abdominal region, which further helps burn belly fat away (the better the blood flow to a region, the more catecholamines can reach it).

Ramp up the cardio. Do aerobic exercises which get your heart pumping, burn calories quickly and facilitate fat loss all over the body, including your belly. You can’t “spot-burn” belly fat, but it’s usually the first to burn off when you exercise, regardless of body shape or size.[10]

Does drinking really give you a beer belly? In a 2003 study, adults who drank four or more alcoholic beverages at a time on an infrequent basis were more likely to develop a gut than those who had a single drink daily. And imbibing hard liquor, as opposed to wine and beer, put them at greater risk. The study’s authors concluded that regular moderate drinking may protect against belly fat by improving insulin sensitivity.

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• 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.

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:

I eat once a day, in the evening; junk carbs and grains are off my plate. (Early eating seems to stimulate my need for more meals.) I try to eat only 5~6 days in a week, fasting on the others; as well as fasting 3~ consecutive days on each seasonal change. I do not like being controlled, by others, bad habit or negative desire or thoughts. (see cheek exercise)

What’s more, soluble fiber may help fight belly fat. An observational study of over 1100 adults found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber intake, belly fat gain decreased by 3.7% over a 5-year period (6).

Focus on eating real foods, especially veggies, when you’re trying to lose belly fat. This will help not only get rid of the unwanted visceral fat but also give your body the vital nutrients it needs to function properly. Believe me, you’ll feel and see the difference when you make the switch from fake foods to healthy real foods.

The diet also recommends you cut back on high-fiber foods like beans and broccoli. Yes, they may cause gas — maybe even a bit of temporary bloating if you’re not used to them. But these foods are great ways to lose weight and keep it off. Fiber helps you feel full, so you eat less.

Cheers Mike. I’ve found some products that are still getting through despite containing some yohimbine (see below) or is it because of the type? May have to order a supply of Forge before it get blocked…

To banish stubborn belly fat, you have to ramp up your workouts. In a study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, people who completed a high-intensity workout regimen lost more belly fat than those who followed a low-intensity plan. (In fact, the low-intensity exercises experienced no significant changes at all.)

Hey Michael. Bought both your books and read all your blogs. I also bought Pulse, forge and phoenix. I had a question though. You say in this article that you take all 3 before a fasted workout. Is this the way you recommend taking them? I thought phoenix was to be taken with food and forge was to be taken before fasted training. Any clarification would be appreciated.

Ok after reading some of the comments below, I’ve gotten my answer for #1! Seems like it is better to do weight lifting in the morning as opposed to the cardio, so I will switch that up! Sorry to have a repeat question in the thread!

Overtraining, though, can be problematic when it comes to fighting belly fat because it can lead to coristol overproduction. Excess amounts of this stress hormone has been found to be associated with belly fat.

Doing crunches until the cows come home? Stop it! When you’re down to your final inches of belly fat, the dreaded crunch won’t be the exercise that finally reveals your six-pack. “You can’t spot reduce,” Jill says. Instead, she suggests doing functional exercises that use the muscles in your core—abdominals, back, pelvic, obliques—as well as other body parts. “These exercises use more muscles, so there is a higher rate of calorie burn while you are doing them,” she says. Planks are her favorite functional exercise—they activate not just your core muscles but also your arm, leg, and butt muscles.

Hey there…BIG fan of yours…I tell everyone that asks me about my progress about your website. Especially…Thinner, Leaner, Stronger. I’m a 41 year old female, started out at 5’6 and 160 pounds (YIKES!). Been working with a personal trainer for a year now and have lost 30 pounds…gone from a size 10 to a 4 and have seen GREAT progress. I still have some belly fat, outer thigh and of course the glutes still need some work. Everyone tells me I don’t need to be any smaller…I would agree with that but do I train to lose that last bit of fat that’s hanging on or do I just focus on building muscle?? Not sure my best course at this stage. And ONE more question…how long would you say it typically takes to build up those glutes for that “gravity defying” booty! Feeling like there’s slow progress there. Thank you for any direction you can give me!

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.

According to me, losing weight is much more than just consuming fewer calories to bring about a drop on the weighing scale. For a lot of people, it is essential to safeguard themselves against the growing menace of lifestyle diseases.