In one study, obese women who followed a diet for eight weeks that was roughly 30% protein, 40% carbs, and 30% fat lost significantly more fat—including visceral pudge—than women who stuck to a plan that was 16% protein, 55% carbs, and 26% fat.
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We don’t really need science to tell us that squatting burns more energy than biceps curling, but research has confirmed that exercises that involve large muscle groups burn more energy–both during and after training–than exercises that involve smaller ones.
Most people don’t realize that loads of cardio/aerobic exercise can actually wear down our joints, increase our stress hormones (including cortisol) and contribute to fatigue or overeating. A better option is to alternate the types and intensities of your workouts, doing some at a harder pace but for shorter duration (like with the Tabata protocol) and others for strength or cardiovascular benefits.
In a study of more than 2000 people, those who drank alcohol daily but averaged less than one drink per day had less belly fat than those who drank less frequently but consumed more alcohol on the days they did drink (12).
How should I train when I cut? I mean weight lifting. I am super weak whenever I cut, and can barely lift any weights, especially if I train fasted. My HIIT is suffering from it too… I eat lots of greens, healthy fats, try to hit 1 gram per weight protein. Am I doing something wrong?
You don’t have to go low-carb to ditch those extra pounds around your waist in a short period of time. In fact, opting for more whole grains might just get you there faster. Researchers at Tufts University have linked eating three or more daily servings of whole grains to as much as a 10 percent reduction in visceral body fat, the kind that ups your risk for chronic diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Great read and I’m looking to give this a go. I’ve been putting on muscle over last couple years and been complimented on it but that little roll of belly fat refuses to disappear so hope this new routine does the trick!
Every day, your body flips back and forth between these fed and fasted states. Exercise done while your insulin levels are elevated and your body is still processing your last meal and insulin levels are high is fed training, and exercise done when your body has finished and insulin is low is fasted training.
Stubborn tummy fat can be very hard to shift. Due to our often sedentary lifestyles and stressful jobs, medicated with alcohol and biscuits, belly fat can easily build up. And, it’s not just our ability to win the swimsuit competition that’s affected by the belly build up: fat deposits around the belly are linked to serious health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
HIIT is also extremely time efficient. You can actually lose more weight by reducing the amount of time you spend exercising, because when you’re doing HIIT, you only need 20 minutes, two to three times a week.
I’m trying to cut down to 10%BF and will then slowly increase cals to 10% above TDEE to be in a surplus as you suggest. Following your 4 day split. Have also been fasting for Ramadan and training on a 16hr fast before sunset.
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As you probably know, the supplement industry is notorious for its lies and shenanigans. The truth is the majority of the supplements you see in the magazines and on the shelves aren’t going to help you reach your goals faster.
I usually train in the mornings and after recently reading TLS on your recommendation I have started taking 20g protein and high GI carbs 30 mins pre workout and now I’m confused whether or not I should be doing that or going back to training in a fasted state as I had in the past? Some clarification would be appreciated. Thanks
According to previous research, fiber has appetite-suppressant properties that can help increase your satiety and keep you from binge-snacking.4 In an observational study, which consisted of 1,114 people over a five-year period, researchers found that every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber intake, reduced belly fat gain decreased by 3.7 percent.
Belly fat is maligned for its way of tampering with any outfit that doesn’t involve a muumuu, but really there’s something way worse about the stuff: When white fat expands in your abdomen, nestling deep among your organs, it sets you up for some serious health trouble.
For example, this study conducted by researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that people lost more fat doing 4 to 6 30-second sprints (with 4-minute rest periods) than 60 minutes of incline treadmill walking.
In fact, I’d go as far as saying that larger deficits are necessary for continuing to lose fat as you get leaner and are dealing more and more with stubborn fat. So don’t be afraid of a moderate calorie deficit. It’s a powerful tool for getting lean.
However, keep in mind that grain-based fiber is less than optimal, and may in fact promote insulin and leptin resistance. Ideally, you should opt for both soluble and insoluble fiber from these foods:
You have to prevent your body from getting used to any fixed workout routine. Hence, you can switch occasionally. Try running for a change. It is an effective way to keep your heart rate up, burn calories, and lose belly fat.
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!
I started dieting to lose weight and work out, and i’ve lost my goal of 16kg in 7 months. My exercises were home HIITs, biking to work daily (about 12km back and forth, moderate to high intensity)… I’m 5’2” and 50kg (33 yo) which is what my doctor said i should be at. So i got here, i did naturally build muscle in my arms and legs and i have no other issues except the darned belly fat. No matter how well i eat (i’m doing everything right according to my nutritionist) and exercise i simply cannot lose the belly chubb.
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.
The biggest reason we can’t stick to our workouts? No time. Trying to squeeze a trip to the gym, with a shower and change of clothes, into a hectic schedule—especially around the holidays—can make even the most dedicated fitness buff into someone, well, less buff. But scientists in New Zealand recently found that men and women who engaged in three 10-minute exercise “hors d’oeuvres” before breakfast, lunch and dinner saw lowered blood glucose levels—a fat-busting benefit these folks showed all day long!
Plant-based oils like extra-virgin olive oil create that “full” feeling and help you slim down overall. Skip battered foods deep-fried in oil, though! Fried snacks are associated with weight gain, so you’re better off enjoying them only once in awhile.
Awesome! Glad you’re enjoying the content. Nice work with the cut, and great momentum with 1.1/week! Could slow down to 0.75-0.5 as you get to 10% and single digits. Good to hear you have lots of room left until BMR! Keep it up man. Single digits right around the corner.
Mike, thanks for the tips…I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight over the past 8 weeks. My fat loss has been dispersed fairly well over my body since the beginning, but now I am plateauing on belly fat loss. Throughout the process I’ve used (and been happy with) Garcinia and Forskolin as supplements. Do you have any opinion on the use of these products? I am going to try your products to see if I can break through my plateau.
Besides maintaining a natural circadian rhythm, there are a number of additional ways to help improve your sleep if you’re still having trouble. For a comprehensive sleep guide, please see my article “33 Secrets to a Good Night’s Sleep.”
Many find that their abdominal area is particularly difficult to firm and tone and contrary to popular belief, solely doing standard sit ups is not likely to be of much help. Learning effective methods for shrinking your waistline is worth the effort however, as the benefits extend far beyond mere aesthetics.
While i do see that i have lost weight from 142 lbs to 136 lbs and my other parts of the body shaping up, i do not see the stubborn fat around my belly going away.. I workout for about 6 days a week which includes 1 day of 30 mins HIIT. Please suggest if this plan that i am following is sufficient or i need to do anything more ?
Hi Mike I weigh 84 kgs and total body fat percentage is 24%, are these workouts are good enough to bring my total body fat percentage to 8? Or do I need to do more.. I am going in the morning to gym, and having hydroxycut of 2 pills before workout along with green tea.. post workout I have whey protein and white eggs 3.Please suggest me..
Great stuff Mike, I have been following this program as well. For the VPX Meltdown, it also has Yohimbine in it. Do you factor that into the 15mg you take daily or is that on top of it if you follow the .2mg/kg you recommend? I’m doing the 3 Meltdown VPX + 10mg Yohimbine right now at a bodyweight of 84 kg
I have been in really good shape in my life, coming from the Army, but because I am not burning thousands of calories a day for my job anymore, I have noticed that I packed on a few around my midsection. I have definitely gained alot of size and strength but have never had to watch nutrition before. to keep below my chest lean.