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?
If you’ve ever felt gassy, crampy, or bloated after dairy, you may be one of 30 to 50 million Americans with lactose intolerance. This occurs in people whose bodies lacks the ability to break down and digest the sugar in milk, resulting in digestive issues like gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea. Try lower-lactose foods (such as hard cheese or yogurt) or lactose-free dairy products (such as rice milk and almond milk), or take a lactase enzyme to help break down lactose. Dr. Wolf recommends soy milk as a dairy alternative but warns that some people experience gas and bloating from soybeans as well.
Hey Julia, losing weight is simply a matter of being in a calorie deficit. The 5:2 diet is pretty similar to some alternate-day fast protocols. From what I understand, it’s 2 days a week of extremely low calories, and then 5 days at maintenance calories. As long as you eat at your actual maintenance during the 5 days, and don’t binge, you should be in a deficit for the week and lose weight over time. If that works for you, that’s great. Most people would choose a more traditional approach pf being in a 20-25% deficit every day instead.
A better and more effective way to lose belly fat? Weight training. Lifting weights creates micro-tears in muscle that take more energy (i.e. burn more calories) in the healing process, which can last up to two days after your training session. (See all the incredible health benefits of lifting weights.) In particular, research has found the most effective workout for fat loss is high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, which raises your heart rate while also taxing your muscles. In fact, one study from the United Kingdom found that sprint training helped study participants lose inches from their waist and hips after just two weeks on the program, while a University of Arkansas study found that people who exercised with high intensity experienced a 20 percent decrease in abdominal fat. (Fat loss isn’t the only health benefit of HIIT.)
For high-intensity cardio, warm up for five to 10 minutes at an easy pace with an exercise mode of choice — could be on a stationary bicycle, treadmill or outdoor track. Then work at an intensity that’s 70 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate for 20 minutes or more at a time. Be sure to cool down for several minutes.
The fix lies in replacing the sugar and starch with fiber and raising the protein while normalizing the fat. The foods with the highest ratio of fiber relative to starch are vegetables (can you say 9 or more servings a day?). By the way, if you think beans, corn, and potatoes are vegetables, that is part of the problem. They are starches, especially when you are after a six pack. The foods high in protein are eggs, and all lean cuts of meat. Cheese & yogurts, while high in protein, can add to the fat and sugar burden so a six pack diet uses dairy foods in small amounts only.
– This will help you to balance your blood sugar levels and prevent insulin resistance. It slows the absorption of carbs and sugars (a combination of certain foods can lower the meal’s glycemic load – the speed at which food gets absorbed into the blood as glucose). This would make you less likely to store fat or develop diabetes. You can also consume ACV to get similar effect.
Nice job on dropping 15lbs! Really, it just takes time. There’s no way to localize fat loss, unfortunately. It’s happening all over your body, although fasted HIIT can put more emphasis on targeting that stubborn fat.
Walking puts all of the abdominal muscles to work. Make sure you swing your arms and contract your midsection while you walk, and maintain a brisk pace. Once you get your body accustomed to a daily walk, you’ll hate to go a day without it. Walk for at least thirty minutes each time to achieve the aerobic effect, and be sure to drink plenty of water.
fat belly exercises completely prevented people from re-gaining abdominal fat after weight loss, so implying that exercise is particularly important during weight maintenance not to mention that Exercise also leads to reduced inflammation, blood sugar levels and all the other metabolic abnormalities that are associated with central obesity.
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Hey Mike, I’ve been following the protocol you outlined here for a couple of weeks now but am seeing little-to-no results. I’m wondering if it has to do with what I’m eating after my training/my training schedule. It looks like this:
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5. Ab belts, ab-rockers, ab-loungers, and other infomercial ab-gimmicks… they’re all a complete waste of your time and money. Despite the misleading infomercials, the perfectly chiseled fitness models in the commercials did NOT get their perfect body by using that “ab contraption”… they got their perfect body through REAL workouts and REAL nutrition strategies.
You can create your own high intensity interval program by alternating between short bursts of very high intensity exercises with longer bouts of more moderate intensity exercises. For example, you can try alternating between 1 minute sprints and 5 minutes of jogging.
Belly fats are the first one that develops I the body during the weigh gain process and are the last one to be lost, in the weight loss. The reasons they are deeply located in your belly and are hard to lose.
6. Do three to four sets each of three different abdominal exercises. For example, begin with incline bench knee-ups, then do full-range crunches and finish with 30-second planks. The abdominal muscles are like any other muscle group and should be trained once or twice per week, say Lawson and Holman.
Soluble fibre is ideal for aiding weight loss because it forms a gel with the food in your digestive tract, slowing it down as it passes through. Studies show that this type of fibre helps you lose weight because you feel fuller for longer, meaning you naturally eat less.
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.
Unfortunately, belly fat simply expands as we age. This is tied to an increased production of cortisol, the stress hormone. Combined with other hormonal factors such as low androgens, fat cells become inflamed and tissues expand to create fat where you want it least – around your middle. Called omentum, this blubbery tissue pumps out chemicals that keep you fat, creating a vicious cycle and potential health issues you can’t hide from, even with an oversized shirt.
Water retention induces a puffed belly. And as salt is something which is attracted to water, it contributes in gaining extra fat. To avoid this unnecessary fat, switch to salt-free seasonings like cayenne pepper and notice the difference on your own.
For most of us, this means rapid fat reduction in places like our arms, shoulders, chest, face, and legs, and slower reductions in our stomachs, hips, lower back, and thighs, which have high concentrations of stubborn fat cells.
You’ll also need to weight-train to mitigate the natural loss of muscle mass as you age. A study published in a Brazilian medical journal in 2014 confirmed that post-menopausal women in their 50s who did cardio exercise, weight training and flexibility movements experienced less visceral fat gain and muscle loss than women who did not.
A study conducted by the University of Virginia found that people who had 3 out of 5 cardio sessions per week with intervals burned more belly fat, although they technically burned the same calories during the workout itself. 
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There’s one thing to like about visceral fat: It yields fairly easily to aerobic exercise. Running, biking, or swimming—basically anything that gets your heart rate up—wins over resistance training when it comes to getting rid of the stuff. A recent study from Duke University found that jogging the equivalent of 12 miles a week is enough to melt belly fat.
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.
Learn to use free weights or weight machines. Start with popular exercises like chest presses, rows, pec flys, overhead presses, front and side arm raises, lunges and squats or the leg press machine, calf raises, and biceps/triceps last. Tricep exercises include the tricep overhead press, tricep pull downs on a cable pull, and tricep kick backs.
Go shopping each Sunday. Shop along the perimeter of the grocery store and shop for produce with a wide variety of colors. For the next 2 weeks, only buy whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.
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.
My problem is not weight loss but its the fat loss. Ive lost around 3 kgs in 9 weeks which is not bad i guess , but i feel that i havent lost a decent amount of fat around the love handles . Ive lost some muscle as well even though i take good amount of protein and also 10gms of BCAAs before faster workouts. Dont know where am i going wrong or maybe i should just wait ?
When we don’t eat for long periods of time, we’re also more likely to reach for unhealthy snacks to suppress the grumbling stomach. We crave fatty and sugary food galore, which clearly signals hormonal imbalance.
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