Cool you’ve been cutting. Sorry to hear about it not being fat. The first few weeks will be a lot of water and glycogen, but you should be losing fat too. How are you tracking the fat loss? Check this out:
In a study of more than 2000 people, those who drank alcohol daily but averaged less than one drink per day had less belly fat than those who drank less frequently but consumed more alcohol on the days they did drink (12).
Instead of doing just the standard sit up, add functional core-strengthening exercises like planking, which engages a wider range of muscle groups, including your arms, legs, glutes, back, pelvic muscles, and obliques. Here are two key points for performing a plank correctly:
That’s why I decided to create the products I myself have always wanted: science-based formulations, clinically effective dosages of all ingredients, no fillers or unnecessary junk, and natural sweetening and flavoring.
I am an early bird so I start working out at 06:30 AM. It usually takes 35 mins for lifting. I do HIIT run on the treadmill for at least 25 mins after lifting (I only have an hour before work). So it is 4 days of lifting + cardio and 1 cardio only day. I take weekends off.
All physicians featured on this website are on the medical faculty of Rush University Medical Center or Rush Oak Park Hospital. Some of the physicians featured are in private practice and, as independent practitioners, are not agents or employees of Rush University Medical Center or Rush Oak Park Hospital.
Moderate exercisers who stocked up on the antioxidants found in green tea—called catechins—were more likely to lose abdominal fat while exercising than those who didn’t take them. One study put the daily dose at 625 mg—the equivalent of two or three eight-ounce cups of green tea. (Follow these steps to make the perfect cup of tea.)
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.
Get more fiber in your diet. Soluble fiber (such as that found in apples, oats, and cherries) lowers insulin levels which can speed up the burning of visceral belly fat. Women should aim to consume 25 g of fiber per day while men should aim for 30 g a day.
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.
– Eating this 150 cal shake will, as you mentioned, elevate my insulin levels and block lipolysis. So i’ll be in a fed state for at least a little while, while I sleep. Is it worth it or should I just take this shake before 8 and refrain from not eating any carbs after 8?
But then I got sick and tired of being sick and tired, and since then, I’ve made it my life’s work to learn everything there is to know about belly fat. But nothing in my 20 years of health journalism has prepared me for the groundbreaking research that has emerged in just the last year—new science that shows exactly how we can turn off our fat genes and lose weight almost automatically.
I usually train in the mornings and after recently reading TLS on your recommendation I have started taking 20g protein and high GI carbs 30 mins pre workout and now I’m confused whether or not I should be doing that or going back to training in a fasted state as I had in the past? Some clarification would be appreciated. Thanks
Common food sensitivities include dairy and gluten, both of which can result in an inflammation of the gut, making it even more prone to developing more sensitivities. Addressing these allergies can have dramatic impacts on weight loss, and even mood and behaviour.
Calorie for calorie, sugar is different to other food groups such as protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat, because it confuses your normal appetite controls and causes your body to produce fat. Refined sugars are often hidden in a plethora of different products that you wouldn’t expect such as fruit juices. Make sure to check the labels before eating the products.
Yeah, okay, maybe if you reduce your body fat percentage to 20 percent if you are a woman then, eventually, your belly will disappear. But, if you lose 50-60 lbs. and your waistline stays almost exactly the same size and then if you gain a few lbs. back and all of it goes on your belly, so that you are increasingly looking like a clown and it puts so much strain on your muscles, tendons, etc. that you can’t even walk without doing more damage than good, much less exercise, then there is a problem that goes beyond your advice and many of the things you discounted actually do help with THAT.
Fermented foods like miso, tempeh and sauerkraut contain probiotics, a.k.a. friendly bacteria that help boost immunity, regulate gut function and banish bloat. Unsweetened plain Greek yogurt and skyr can provide probiotic benefits too. Choose ones that have five strains or more of bacterial cultures per 6-ounce serving.
The featured article lists three common exercise mistakes that could be sabotaging your efforts to lose that stubborn belly fat. This includes choosing the wrong kind of workout, doing the exercises incorrectly, and/or doing exercises that aren’t challenging enough.
Hi Mike – thanks for the info. The only thing that confuses me is this statement: “About 4 Hours After a Light Dinner of Protein and Veggies, If Doing Cardio That Day” referring to when you do your cardio. What time are you eating dinner? Doesn’t that put you around at least 9pm before you start cardio, and if you are taking caffeine 15 minutes prior to your cardio, does it affect your sleep? This is the only part I would have a hard time being able to accomplish – can I do my cardio earlier and still be effective?
Hello Mike! Concerning the example of your lunch meal consisting of chicken and salad with balsamic vinegar, if you add extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil to the salad or cooked some vegetables with this would that influence the level of insulin levels when was time to do your cardio?
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.
Hi Mike, congrats for your site, hi value information, I’m using exactly the same strategies but I need to combine resistance training and cardio in the same sesion because of time and when I’m lifting I wait until I know I will end lifting in 30 minutes then I take the caffeine Green tea and yohimbine, I Know yohimbine is working because my hands get cold an the end of session. I will give a chance to the recumbent bike too!
I’ve been cutting for 4 months now. I’m 40 yrs at 5′ 10″. I’m down to 64 kgs. However, my body-fat % is still around 22%. If I drop below 59 kg I would technically be under weight. So, what do i do – keep cutting till i lose belly fat even though i might go under-weight?
Zero Belly Diet panelist Martha Chesler did just this as part of her Zero Belly program, and the results were astonishing. “I saw changes immediately,” she reports. In less than six weeks on the program, Martha dropped over 20 pounds and an astonishing 7 inches from her middle by combining the Zero Belly Foods with a pre-breakfast walk.
Mike – My wife and I have been loving your books and plan! I have been working out for the past 8 months, at 20% BF, but just now on WEEK 3 of your cutting plan and taking Forge/Phoenix. My weight has stayed right around 161 lbs (5’8/38yrs old). I may be impatient but I feel like I should be losing more! 🙂