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
It goes without saying that you need to hydrate because every cell in the body needs water. Our bodies require it for detoxing and as you start to shed fat you will need plenty of water to flush out all the toxins that have been stored in those fat cells. However, water can also help you lose weight.
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.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states, having 4 cups of green tea daily helped people lose more than six pounds within a period of eight weeks. Green tea contains a type of a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. It is a natural phenol and antioxidant with many therapeutic applications. When you sip green tea, EGCG in it boosts your metabolism. Have 3-4 cups of green tea daily. Make it fresh every time or store it in fridge to get an iced green tea each time you need to speed up your metabolism. Here is a fine recipe of fat burning green tea for you.
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.
If you are ready to burn off belly fat and make lifestyle changes that will help you maintain a healthy weight, the belly fat diet plan can help. The belly fat diet plan isn’t some crazy fad, it’s a comprehensive plan. These are the main principles of the belly fat diet plan (which you should follow for a lifetime):
Mike, with regard to fasted cardio and cutting in general, I’ve taken your advice (with great success, thank you) and limited my cutting phases to 6 weeks so as to limit muscle loss. My question: If I would like to cut even more, which I do, how long should I return to a maintenance or bulk before resuming my cut? In other words, after 6 weeks of cutting, can I “maintain” or bulk for 1 week, or 2 or 3, and then get right back to cutting? Thanks!
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hello mike, im 15 years old and im trying to lose belly fat not body weight im currently in the morning drink a banana peanut butter milkshake with 25g of protein powder and then after 30 minutes i do my one hour workout. am i dong the right stuff? or doing the wrong thing? any tips? thanks!
They’re also done at a fast pace. On average, it’ll only take you about three seconds per rep. So you’ll do those 240 reps in just 12 minutes or so. That’ll light your muscles on fire, and have you gasping for air (in a good way).
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!
Fish oil has omega-3 fatty acids in it. Omega 3 acids such as icosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and linolenic acid help in breaking down fat while reducing fat storage around your waistline. If you can’t take fish oil, have fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Brace your abs and lift your hips off the floor until you’re balancing on your forearm and feet so that your body forms a diagonal line. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds. If you can’t hold that long, stay up as long as you can and then repeat until you’ve held for 30 seconds total. Switch sides and repeat.
Tuomas Kilpeläinen, PhD, assistant professor, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Copenhagen University; former epidemiologist, Institute of Metabolic Science, Medical Research Council, Cambridge, U.K.
Non-starchy vegetable consumption has been linked to decreased belly and liver fat and improved insulin resistance in overweight youths. In fact, one Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study found that consuming more non-starchy veggies resulted in a whopping 17 percent decrease in visceral fat in overweight kids. And although you may be all grown up, it’s safe to assume adding more veggies can help adults trim their belly fat, too! Broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes are all considered non-starchy vegetables, and make delicious additions to any snack-time treat! For a double belly-shrinking whammy, look for veggies rich in vitamin C, like bell peppers. The nutrient has been shown to counteract stress hormones which trigger fat storage around the midsection.
The Flat Belly Diet is a weight-loss diet from the editors of Prevention magazine. The diet promises quick weight loss — especially around the middle — in about a month. The creators of the diet say you don’t have to exercise to achieve a flat belly but that exercise can boost your results.
There are two types of fiber. The first type is soluble fiber which dissolves in water during digestion. It slows down the process of digestion helping you feel full faster and for a longer time period which is great for weight loss*. The second kind is insoluble fiber which doesn’t dissolve in water but produces a laxative effect. It helps improve* digestive health and prevent constipation. Studies found that there is a direct link between eating fiber and visceral fat. People who consumed less fiber tend to have more visceral fat.
Foods which you just wouldn’t expect to find it in, like bread, pre-packaged foods and sauces are laden with sugars. But the truth of the matter is sugar or more specifically fructose is linked to an increase of fat especially in the abdominal area1
You might have heard the term ‘middle-age spread’. This means, as women progress towards their middle years, the ratio of body fat increases compared to the body weight. During menopause, when the levels of estrogen go down, and the amount of androgens or male hormones increase, then there is an increased risk of fat accumulation in the waist. Hormones actually regulate the fat concentration in the body, and your figure depends entirely on it!
You have to prevent the body from getting used to workout routines that are fixed. Hence, you may need to switch occasionally. How about running? It is a good effective way of keeping your heart rate up, lose calories, and reduce belly fat.
Great post, I’ve just ordered my supplements and I am awaiting the arrival. I definitely will be trying out the fasting state in the morning, as I do cycling in the morning and aim to do 45km in 60 minutes and burn approximately 1,000 calories.
Hi Michael! I have been following all your tips. However, since a week ago I have a lower back pain in the right side, but nothing muscular, it’s internal pain. I don’t know if its maybe kidney problem so I’ll see the doctor, but I also want to ask you. Do you know if the quantity in protein can produce kidney problems? And the caffeine quantity per day? I’m trying to shred and I’ve been eating 1,5gr prot/lb of lean body mass. Now I’ve reduced it to 1,15gr/lb of lean mass to see what happens. Will that reduction in protein won’t allow me to obtain the same progress I’ve been having? How much minimal protein quantity can we reach to continue obtaining good results in fitness and BB? Maybe 1gr/lb lean mass or 0,8gr/lb?? Thank you Michael.
Hi mike! I just need some pointers on keeping muscle and loosing fat. I’m female and I’m 27 years old. Body fat around 20%. You mentioned in the article to cut 20% of your TDEE to loose belly fat. I have 2 questions for this. If I’m only active 3tx or 4 tx a week (2 strength days 2 HIIT days) should I cut more than 20% to loose fat?
Hey Amanda, your diet sounds pretty healthy, but are you tracking your calories? If you want to lose fat, you’ll need to be in a caloric deficit. Check this out: http://www.muscleforlife.com/not-losing-weight/
How It’s Done: Start with an easy stroll. Eventually you’ll work your way up to a pumped-up power walk. But a gentle walk can still do wonders for you and your body, especially in the beginning. Bringing baby along in a front pack will add extra weight that can increase the benefits.
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.
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.
Hormonal changes associated with menopause are another common culprit behind excess belly fat. According to Yale University, menopause causes a decrease in the production of the sex hormones such as estrogen, leading to the development of increased abdominal fat. Additionally, menopause leads to a shift in the location where your body stores fat, changing from being stored in your arms, legs and hips to your abdominal area.
Diet question: When I started cutting, I was obese (over 30% BF) with about 50 lbs of fat to lose before I get down to 10%. Are there any special instructions for length of the cut? If I am averaging 1lb. fat loss per week, then it may take me upwards of a year before I would be ready to bulk per your book. My energy balance is good, pretty good macros, and I’m still losing 0.5 lb – 2 lb fat per week, so I am not seeing any issues. I just wanted to know if there were any long term effects of going on a cut for that long? You mention reverse dieting after several weeks, but I assume that is only for people that are stagnant and/or much lower BF%. Thanks!
There’s nothing wrong with hitting up happy hour. But when you start to drink in excess, you’ll wind up packing on weight in your midsection since alcohol is digested as a sugar, and sugar ultimately turns into fat. Think of a bottle of wine as a stack of cookies — both convert into your body the same way, so you should moderate your intake accordingly.
Cortisol is a fat-storage hormone that is released by the body in response to stress. Cortisol isn’t a “bad” hormone, like everything else it has a job to do. However, cortisol increases appetite, sugar cravings, causes general weight gain and increases belly fat in stressed individuals. You’ll also want to keep the hormone insulin low, as it also encourages fat storage, particularly in the tummy area. Read on to find out more.
Cut out sugar and refined white flour. Studies have shown that one of the biggest culprits of visceral fat is sugary beverages, sweets and foods made from refined white flour. Limit or cut out these foods to help reduce belly fat.