1. In your book you give us a couple of formulas to calculate our macros. In the articles you give us a generator that uses our weight and body fat percentage and then then we’re supposed to calculate our macros from that.
Hey. I’m 23 years old, 5′ 11” 170 pounds. My fitbit scale says I’m around 18% body fat (i know its not truly accurate) but its a basis point. Ideally I would like to get down to 8-10% by May 2015 if possible? Here’s my weekly workout schedule and diet plan.
If your goal is 7-8% BF, you should probably cut for another 1-2 weeks. Then you can start reverse dieting and continue to lose a bit of weight. You should be able to get to 7-8% by the end of the reverse diet.
“A study published in study published in Nutrition Journal linked calcium and vitamin D supplementation over 12 weeks with belly fat reduction in obese and overweight college students,” says Amidor. “These participants also lowered their calories during this time frame. Although the study was done with supplements, milk is brimming with both calcium and vitamin D, and can be part of a healthy weight loss plan.”
Research suggests that the consumption of high amounts of refined grains, basically refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, refined-grain pasta and sugary drinks may encourage greater levels of belly fat. Indeed, a study found that people who ate 4 to 5 daily servings of white bread, gained significantly more belly fat than those who only ate 1 serving of white bread, despite consuming the same amount of calories. Research also shows that trans fat (found in vegetable shortenings, margarine, cookies, snack foods, crackers, and other foods made with, or fried in, partially hydrogenated oils), can change your body shape causing body fat to be redistributed to your belly. In other words, trans fats increase belly fat. A study in which monkeys were fed trans fats, published in the journal Obesity, showed that their waists were 30% larger than the waists of monkeys that were given monounsaturated fats. Not only that, trans fats increase total body fat. Saturated fat is also linked to belly fat.
Although I’m tiny (5’1 and 103lbs) I don’t have a flat belly :/. And unlike other ppl trying to lose weight, I’m trying to gain weight/muscle. However, I have no clue as to what I should be eating or how often I should be going to the gym/what I should be doing to achieve a flat tummy yet look bigger/curvy everywhere else?
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FYI, your workout is only half the battle; reducing belly fat also requires a diet change. Read up on the best and worst foods for flat abs, the hottest new flat-belly foods, and these healthy but high-calorie foods that may be causing weight gain.
MIke – I like and follow your approaches to working out – and also the messaging around supplements and what’s needed (and what’s not). I’m just a little surprised to see this article pitching me on three supplements to buy, when in the past your book(s) have stated that most supplements are needed.
“Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate… On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. ‘If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies,’ says Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic’s endocrinology division.”
Doing ab crunches and following a crash diet is not the right way to lose belly fat. If you really want to flaunt a well-toned belly you have to eat a balanced diet with all the good fats rather than starving yourself. You should also exercise for three to five times a week.
Avoid inflammatory foods. Inflammation triggers belly fat storage and is an underlying factor in many disease states. Avoid refined carbohydrates, foods rich in saturated fats and trans fats, and highly processed foods. All of these foods can promote inflammation.
Researchers have found that obese people tend to have greater numbers of Firmicutes bacteria than people of normal weight. Studies suggest that these types of bacteria may increase the amount of calories that are absorbed from food (39, 40).
Body Mass Index is the ratio of your weight in kilograms (kg) divided by the square of your height in meters (m). If your BMI is between 24.9 and 30, then you are overweight. And if your BMI ratio is more than 30, then you are obese. If you fall under any of these categories, you need to reduce your belly fat to stay free from health challenges.
2. Eat fajitas naked. Next time you eat Mexican food, skip the flour tortillas and enjoy your fajitas naked. Eat the chicken/beef/shrimp with salsa, lettuce, and sautéed peppers and onions. Add guacamole to get your healthy dose of monounsaturated fats and an extra boost of flavor. You won’t miss the starchy casing.