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Mike, I’m new and this is my first cutting session before I start bulking for the first time. I’m still at around 13-14% body fat. Should the contents of this article be something I should be considering yet? Or is this information mainly for men at 10% or below who are trying to lose that last bit of fat? From what I’ve read in your book, I should be at my goal size before considering dropping below 10% fat – which could be quite a while.
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.
With age, hormonal changes and a more sedentary lifestyle, fat can begin to accumulate around the midsection. For some, the tendency to carry extra weight in the belly is inherited and can occur without actual changes in weight. The danger is that fat in the midsection, unlike fat in other areas, may be producing hormones that increase your risk of many chronic diseases. MayoClinic.com suggests that the best way to control belly fat is to perform moderate-level aerobic activities. Walking, biking, dancing and swimming will all help you burn calories, which in turn will shrink the midsection. Extra weight carried anywhere in the body is the result of eating more calories than the body burns off. Just doing sit-ups without changing your caloric expenditure will not make your belly smaller. A well-designed exercise program will burn calories, reduce belly fat and reduce the risk factors for disease.
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).
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i was referring to the phoenix product and so while i try to raise my potassium levels taking phoenix will increase my chances of beating bloating? thats what you’re saying right, just wanting to clarify thanks.
Found in sardines and salmons, fish oil is a bliss food. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for everyone, it should definitely be included in your diet. If not consumed directly, there are a lot of fish oil supplements available in the market too. These supplements help in burning fat, thus, leading to a flat belly.
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with hands on a mat next to your hips. Tighten your pelvic floor (as if you have to pee and are holding it in), push into your hands, and lift your entire lower body off the mat.
“Middle-age spread” can appear at any age, but women may notice it most as they hit 50. Even if the number on the scale is the same as it has always been, your waistline may expand as your proportion of body fat to lean mass changes. The good news is that you can take measures to minimize belly fat, even after you hit the half-century mark.
It has been proved that those who eat faster take in more foods than the ones who do not. Take time to chew your meals totally. It has positive effects on your digestive system, and the nutrients can assimilate better.
If you can do more than 5 reps of an exercise, up your weight—especially when you’re working bigger muscle groups through exercises like squats, suggests Roberts. “This will burn fat, in the belly and other areas, quicker than any ab exercise.”
Choose vigorous exercise. When it comes to burning body fat, not every exercise is created equal. For the next 2 weeks, choose high-intensity workouts like running, swimming laps, road cycling, rowing or boot camp over easy to moderate exercise.
Hi again Keith! I was reading your answers and I had a few questions. All that time of cutting from 28%bf to 9%bf, did you stayed the whole 12 months in a caloric deficit diet? Do you think there is no way you can lose fat without a caloric deficit? I ask this because I’ve been reading something about carb cycling, where there are days with high carbs-no caloric deficit and other days with low carbs arriving to caloric deficit when you can do your cardio sessions and burn fat. I don’t know if according to burning fat it is as good as beeing in caloric deficit all time, where you can only lose fat, or however carb cycling is good since you can build muscle and burn fat in the same week. I don’t know if with carb cycling you can arrive to a 9%bf, maybe it will be more difficult, longer or maybe we shall stick in only one goal at each time. What do you think?
a. This is similar to what we call the cat stretch pose. This is also known as the four-point, transverse-abdominal stomach vacuum. Follow the steps mentioned below to do this exercise for reducing belly fat:
Instead of weighing yourself at the beginning and end of the week, measure your waist. This is the best way to determine if you are losing belly fat. People with waists measuring over 35 inches (0.8m) should continue a fat loss routine to reduce their risks of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 
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 🙂
Cutting out one indulgence — such as the chips you have with lunch or the chocolate dessert you eat after dinner — can subtract a few hundred calories from your diet, which translates into less flab, says Blum. “Your body won’t even notice their absence.”
There is a reason our grandparents did not have a problem with obesity. It is because they ate real food and they didn’t consume sugar in the amounts we do in modern times. Since I couldn’t eat processed food, which is loaded with sugar, I only ate food on the keto food list and went back to home cooking.
Many people fail to realize that exercise can have a pronounced effect on your hormone production, naturally raising sex hormones and HGH, for example, which can have a more or less direct bearing on weight management.
• 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.
Doing core exercises is still important, though. Crunches and Janda sit-ups primarily work the largest abdominal muscle, the rectus abdominis, which flexes the spine. This muscle compresses the abdomen to a point, but there are other muscles you need to pay attention to, as well.
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.
Hey Mike. Here, you recommend taking Phoenix fasted prior to working out, but previously (and on the product page for Phoenix) you suggested taking it only with meals (I think to give the 5-HTP a chance to work). Are there pro’s and con’s to both and which method is superior? Thanks as always.
Remember that not all fat is the same. Belly fat that is stored around your organs is called visceral fat, and it increases your chances of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. If you store fat in your thighs, buttocks or arms, scientists believe it may be more healthy for you than a “beer belly.” 
This just in: Saturated fat packs on more visceral fat than polyunsaturated ones, according to a recent 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. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in nuts, seeds, and fish.
The best strategy to weight loss is to observe a healthy diet coupled with exercise of at least an hour a day. Although there is no sure fire way to deal with belly fat, there are a number of activities from which to choose and enjoy. As long as you’re having fun, you can lose weight without realizing it. It is important to look for an exercise you enjoy. If the suggested exercises above do not suit your taste, taking a hike, swimming or biking are just as effective in burning fat and toning muscles.
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.)
Do interval workouts 2-3 days this week. Higher intensity interval workouts have become more popular. They are known to torch calories, but specifically burn higher amounts of body fat compared with traditional cardio.
What have I done to avoid this bad habit? I just rarely buy those tempting things such as chips, chocolate, etc. It is hard not to eat junk if you open the kitchen cupboard or the fridge and they are stuffed with trash.
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 sports or energy drink, fruit smoothie, or light beer — each serving contains about 100 calories. Yet these beverages don’t satisfy you the way 100 calories of food does, so they’re a waste. Other liquids may be high in sodium and carbohydrates, which trick your body into retaining water, puffing you out.
Hi this is Wanitha Ashok, your fitness expert at Stylecraze.com. In the next 5 minutes, I will be showing you a few Standing Ab Exercises that will help you to tone your mid section and strengthen it thereby making you look a lot slimmer.