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
Sit with your feet lifted off the ground and your knees bent into your chest. Place your hands on the floor just behind your bottom. Engage your core by pulling your belly button into your spine. This is your starting position.
Having excess fat in your abdominal area comes with a lot of health challenges. So whenever you notice your belly fat is in excess, you should take steps to get rid of it. A healthy lifestyle, eating right, drinking a lot of water and exercising regularly are ways to reduce belly fat.
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!
Cut back on calories. The most important part of losing weight is not working out until you collapse — it’s your diet. If you burn 500 to 750 more calories than what you eat every day, you will lose 1–2 pounds every week (any more than that is considered unsafe weight loss). There are tons of little changes you can make to cut calories from your diet, from replacing high-calorie dressings with vinaigrette and asking for all dressings/sauces served on the side, eating at the table instead of in front of the tv, skipping cheese and other fatty additions to your salads and meals, using smaller plates, leave off the whipped cream on your coffee drink, and on and on.
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“Although there is no magic cure for getting rid of belly fat, eating adequate protein and cutting down on refined high glycemic carbs can help,” says Martha McKittrick, a New York City-based registered dietitian. “Protein helps keep you feeling full longer and the body burns more calories breaking them down compared with carbs and fat. Lastly, protein doesn’t cause insulin spikes like refined (“white” or sugary) carbs do. High levels of insulin have been linked to more belly fat—and this is especially true as we get older,” warns McKittrick. Swap white toast for greens or fruit salad at brunch, pick Greek yogurt over a bagel for breakfast and when you’re dining out and opt for grilled chicken or fish instead of a pasta dish.
Thanks to the hormone estrogen, the female body likes to hold on to fat, too. A study in Obesity Reviews shows that women store fat more efficiently than men in an effort to prepare the body for pregnancy. But while it seems like women may have drawn the short-end of the stick, the stereotypical pear-shape is actually considered healthier than boasting a beer gut, because belly fat is a red flag when it comes to your health. “Visceral fat is associated with increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome,” says Harris-Pincus.
So while we’re at the topic of carbs, don’t fall into the trap of low carb diets. Not only will you not have the energy to get through your day, you’ll experience dizziness, higher anxiety and sharp mood swings. Instead, low-glycemic carbs stabilize your blood sugar levels actually helping you lose weight, so stick with low-glycemic carbs and try to eat as many veggies as you can 😉
Sit with your knees bent and lean back your torso about 45°; you should feel your core become engaged. Make sure your back is flat, straighten your spine and extend your arms straight out in front of your chest. Balancing on your tailbone, slowly raise your feet off the floor. This is your starting position.
Consume this composite for five days in the mornings. Consume it on an empty stomach. You should make 10 days pause if you intend to iterate the process again. Iterate the process only if you need to.
Also, I can’t split up my workouts into AM & PM since the kids are only in school in the AM so I do a HIIT spin class at 6am and weightlifting (kettlebells) at 9:30. I struggle with what to eat in between, but find I’m too fatigued to stay in the fasted state for the second workout. What would you recommend eating between workouts?
Mike, thanks for this article. I read it once per year to get myself focused on how to cut efficiently. One question- I’ve been getting my morning caffeine through black coffee, and then exercising. Have you found that coffee spikes insulin and therefore takes you out of a fasted state? Online research seems inconclusive. Thanks! Chris
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.
Even though you’re after the calorie burning and fat-loss effects of cardio, strength training is also critical to belly fat loss. A comprehensive strength-training routine that builds muscle in all the major muscle groups makes your body more efficient at burning calories.
thank u. so for my next questions how can u be lifting heavy and not gain muscle if you’re only in a small calorie deficit like 20 PERCENT? and also when you’re dealing with water retention that completely stood you from losing fat right, i have also read your article on that too, but i don’t think you mentioned that. thamkk u
Making your own natural juice is very easy, so there is nothing on your way in substituting the processed juice and sodas with natural juices. I will present you some other different recipes because you can’t drink parsley juice every day.
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.
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.
Adapt a truly well rounded workout program: You can’t spot reduce fat. You can’t spot reduce fat from anywhere on the body – this applies to arm fat, lower back fat, lower belly fat, thigh fat, etc. No matter where the fat is, you’re not going to be able to direct the results of your expenditure or consumption towards any particular area of your body.
If you want to lose belly fat fast and get a flat tummy, but ab crunches are very hard for you or make you feel hurt on your back (back pain). This video will show you about “how to lose belly fat in a week” without doing ab crunches (Standing ab workout to lose belly fat fast for women).
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.
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.
It took me 12 months to go from 28 to 9. Although I stalled for some time on around the 12 mark due to metab slow down. Following some advice from Mike (up calories for a few weeks and then following the lose weight quick article macros) got things moving again to 9%.
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Many observational studies prove that people with a higher protein intake have lower levels of belly fat. It also raises your metabolic rate, making you more likely to build muscle during and after exercise.
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.
Sometimes you exercise adequately and adopt a host of natural remedies to lose belly fat but still you can’t. If that’s what happening with you, you need to analyze your lifestyle and make some small changes. These changes are very small but may need a while to convert into a habit. If you really want to get rid of your abdominal fat, you better start bringing these lifestyle changes from now itself.
Bacteria present in the gut have a very crucial role in the digestion of food. Its imbalance can actually disrupt the digestion system leading to a puffed belly. Indulge in probiotics like Greek yogurt in order to meet those sugar cravings without gaining extra pounds. It helps in improving intestinal mobility and thus eases digestion.
As a result, your body becomes less efficient at burning fat and calories. Your metabolic rate reduces by about 2 percent per decade after age 25. At 50, your metabolism is approximately 5 percent slower than it was when your were 25. Physically inactive women will see the greatest effects of sarcopenia, but because it’s based on factors of aging, even active women will notice its effects slightly. For these reasons, it takes extra calorie-burning efforts and calorie trimming to get results.