“Refined grains like white bread, crackers, and chips, as well as refined sugars in sweetened drinks and desserts increase inflammation in our bodies,” says Patton. “Belly fat is associated with inflammation, so eating too many processed foods will hinder your ability to lose belly fat.” Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are full of antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may therefore actually prevent belly fat, Patton says.
Matcha Green Tea: When it comes to boosting your metabolism and helping with weight loss, science shows that few things are more beneficial than matcha green tea. In one study, drinking the tea for 12 weeks reduced body fat. (12)
Yoga is equally effective at strengthening your body, especially your abs and back. It improves the posture tremendously to create a taller, leaner appearance. Pilates and many mat-based exercises are also great alternatives. The important thing is that you find an activity you like to do. This will greatly improve your odds of sticking with it.
I am 5’1 woman weighing in at a hefty 121 pounds, haha! I simply hate to count calories. I lift weights, do HIIT and eat a strict clean, no BS (bread, sugar) diet. Do I HAVE to count calories to be deficient? I tried calorie counting apps and they are daunting! Is there a simpler way to say ‘eat this for breakfast’ ‘eat this for lunch’? I can’t get into the %percentage% garble that goes on. But, I want a leaner, cut look! I am starting to see abdominal muscles and biceps popping out. But- a stall is happening on the horizon!
Brush a 4-oz yellowfin tuna fillet with 1 tsp olive oil; sprinkle with 1/4 tsp each chili powder, ground cumin, and black pepper. Grill to desired doneness; top with salsa. Serve with 1 lime wedge and 2 cantaloupe wedges.
In addition, animal studies have found that a hormone known as neuropeptide Y (NPY) leads to increased appetite and promotes belly fat gain. Your levels of NPY increase when your protein intake is low (31, 32, 33).
I am trying to lose fat and train in a “fasted” state. My workouts usually occur from anytime between 4-6. Lately, I have been eating my last meal before working out around noon, and have noticed that my workouts have been low-intensity due to being in the “fasted” state. I take a pre-workout supp and BCAA’s to prevent muscle loss, but I am still fatigued during my workout. What would you recommend I do to get back to my old workout intensity while still being in the “fasted” state? What kind of meal and what time should I have?
Hi Mike, thank you for this interesting article, I bought your book at amazon and I was dieting (hi protein+complex carbs), doing weight training + HIIT and taking L-Carnitine, green tea and lots of water, I managed to lose about 8 kilos within 2 months, but 2 weeks before reaching the 2-month regimen I reached plateau on burning the rest of my belly fat, I think I’m stuck at 20% fat, you say dieting is not key but creating a 25% calorie deficit is, but I would like to know if L-Carnitine is really helping and if I need to adjust my regimen in order to burn the rest of the fat and possibly begin taking the chemicals you recommend.
According to a 2000 study by Elissa S. Epel, Ph.D., and fellow Yale University researchers, women who are more prone to stress yet otherwise healthy and not overweight are more likely to have excess belly fat. This study showed that certain women are more susceptible to the effects of the stress hormone cortisol, which is responsible for the accumulation of fat around your organs and the development of excessive amounts of abdominal fat.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are critical parts of a healthy diet. Tomatoes are especially beneficial since they contain certain substances, which control hunger. Use only a little mayonnaise, ketchup, etc., they are full of calories and have lean meat.