Hey Mike, actually I have one more question. I’ve read that you need to eat carbs to “fuel the fire” to burn fat. But I seem to have a lot of carb sensitivities and bloat very easily, even with brown rice. I read your article “How to get rid of that damn bloated stomach”. So, do I need to eat carbs to cut, and how much do you recommend per day? Thank you!! 🙂
I am an early bird so I start working out at 06:30 AM. It usually takes 35 mins for lifting. I do HIIT run on the treadmill for at least 25 mins after lifting (I only have an hour before work). So it is 4 days of lifting + cardio and 1 cardio only day. I take weekends off.
Absolutely. Cardio exercise, including aerobics, is one of the best things you can do to lose belly fat and fat anywhere. Strive for 30 minutes of moderate cardio exercise (aerobics, fast walking/jogging, elliptical, biking etc) at least 5 days per week. On a 10-point scale, moderate means you’re working at about a level 5 or 6. If you don’t have this much time, you can pump up the intensity to vigorous exercise and slim down the time to 20 minutes and get the same benefit. Vigorous exercise would be a 7 to 8 on a 10-point scale. In fact, if you do vigorous exercise, 3 days a week should do the trick. Of course, the more you do, the more fat and calories you’ll burn. Interval training is a great way to get your body used to vigorous exercise. To start, do 2 minutes of moderate, alternating with 30 seconds of vigorous for 20 minutes. As you get in better shape, you can increase the vigorous exercise time. Good luck!
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.
There are a ton of posts & articles around the internet and in magazines with different tips and tricks for losing fat – and a lot of them unfortunately end up being contradictory. I figured that it would be helpful if we could just create an “ultimate guide” here on LoseBellyFat.com that would go through every main component of fat loss, and the things to be aware of, so that we can get rid of all of this confusion and have a straightforward (and simple) fat loss guide to follow.
Steer clear of alcohol for the next few days to maximize your body’s belly-flattening capabilities. Alcohol causes dehydration and may slow your body’s ability to eliminate that excess weekend waste, so if you had a little too much to drink this weekend, start chugging the H20. It’s best to eliminate that occasional glass of wine, beer, or hard alcohol this week while you’re on a skinny jeans crusade—all are high-acid beverages that can irritate your GI tract and cause swelling.
Hi Mike! You’ve said before that you can lose fat without cardio (albeit more slowly), although you will need cardio to get single digit lean. I was just curious why that is? Wouldn’t you theoretically keep losing fat if you maintain a deficit and are diligent with your weight training? Is the reason because eventually your metabolism would slow down too much? And cardio helps prevent that?
Real food grew from the ground or had a heart beat at one time. If you set it out on the counter, it will spoil in a relatively short time. If it has an ingredient list, there will be no more than a few items listed and you will be able to pronounce and recognize all of the ingredients. Real food likely does not come in a box or wrapper. So […]
If you are a vegan and cannot have fish to get your day’s dose of omega 3 fatty acids, you can eat chia seeds that are equally high on omega-3 and are best plant based source of omega 3 acids. However, your body needs to work a little to convert the alpha- linolenic acid in these seeds into DHA or EPA that directly comes from fish oil. Apart from omega 3 acids, chia seeds are good source of antioxidants, calcium, iron and dietary fiber which helps you feel fuller for longer. The diet book, ‘The Aztec Diet’ suggests having 4-8 tbsp (1-2 oz or 30-60 g) of chia seeds during a day to keep you less hungry and prevent you from overeating. However, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds too is a good amount to include in your daily diet
Hey there! Thanks for the comment. BMI is not necessarily the best way to evaluate your health. While it can be helpful for analyzing large populations, it’s not the greatest tool for assessing individual fitness—especially among people with higher-than-average muscle mass. However, I agree that reducing stress and eating nutritious foods are two important keys to living a healthy life.
You don’t have to do casein no but I do like to have some protein an hour or two before bed because it can help with recovery. A minor point but worth noting. Personally I do low-fat cottage cheese or 0% Greek yogurt.
Math is incorrect, as pointed out by Stan. You can lose weight as long as you’re in a deficit. For best results and body composition, I highly recommend that you reconsider. There are too many benefits of weight lifting to pass it up.
The baby bouncer: This move is similar to the baby glider, but instead of forward lunges, do side lunges — stepping to the side instead of to the front — and do a squat. Reach back with your behind as if you’re sitting in a chair, keeping your knees over your ankles. Repeat 8-10 times to each side.
Hello Mike, loved BLS and BBLS got them both on audio. My question is how is it possible to track calories (and macros) for home cooked meals? Is getting a food scale and measuring cup the only way? This has been my biggest obstacle in losing weight I never know how much I’m eating.
Miso, the Japanese staple made from fermented soybeans, rice and/or barley, lowers triglycerides in the blood that contribute to belly fat. You can purchase instant miso soup in supermarkets for about $3 per package. Be sure to purchase the low-sodium variety.
“I was so much less active since I would be sitting at a desk all day and then I would come home, be too tired to cook so I would get take out and just chill at home. From this I gained 15lbs in six months and decided in January that I would change my habits and lifestyle.”
You might think passing on lunch will save calories and trim your middle, but you’re actually trending toward the opposite. Going long periods of time without eating can send your body into starvation mode, meaning it starts storing everything you’ve already eaten as fat since it doesn’t know when you’re going to feed it again. And guess where that chub piles on first? Yup. Your midsection. Experts say having a small meal or snack every three hours will keep your body fueled and in prime calorie-torching mode all day.
When we talk about fizzy drinks, the only thing it brings along with it besides taste is gas. These carbonated drinks actually fatten your belly. To prevent yourself from those unnecessary fats, swap them with flat drinks like green teas and juices.
Want to know how to lose belly fat? Then it’s time to introduce your body to intermittent fasting, which is best approached as a shift in lifestyle and eating patterns, not a diet. There’s no need to count calories or measure grams. Simply focus on extending the duration of time between eating the healthy foods you already eat, with a particular emphasis on healthy fats and proteins.
Remember that not all fat is the same. Belly fat that is stored around your organs is called visceral fat, and it increases your chances of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. If you store fat in your thighs, buttocks or arms, scientists believe it may be more healthy for you than a “beer belly.” 
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.
A study published by Greek sports scientists found that men that trained with heavy weights (80 to 85% of their one-rep max) increased their metabolic rates over the following three days, burning hundreds more calories than the men that trained with lighter weights (45 to 65% of their 1RM).
4. Vertical Leg Crunch – Performing this exercise is similar to doing a leg crunch except that the legs are straight up, forcing the abs to work and adding intensity to the routine. To do this, lie on the floor with the legs straight up, knees crossed, and place the hands beneath the head for support. Contract abs lifting the shoulders off the floor and keep legs in a fixed position to crunch. Do 1 to 3 sets with 12 to 16 repetitions.
I want to prioritise fat loss and hold onto muscle. And to try and do both activities fasted. Problem is I have quite a small window to fit everything in due to my long and late working hours. Often 6M-2AM.
This is like the twist crunch exercise. Tilt the legs behind simultaneously with the shoulders. It is considered one of the best abdominal exercises for targeting the lower belly fat. Check out the video above for more details on how to do reverse crunches.
Life style changes are difficult to make which is why people struggle with dieting. It’s very tough for most people to alter what type of food they eat, but it’s a bit easier to alter how much they eat.
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.
Whether you’re an “apple” shape with excess belly fat, or a “pear” with wide hips and thighs, when you lose weight you’ll most likely lose proportionately more from the abdominal region than elsewhere.
I love reading your blog, I always feel like I am learning so much more than when I was studying Human Movement Sciences at varsity level. The way you explain everything is like a story and it just makes so much sense for the way my thinking works. Just a bit of background info: I am 24, female, weigh 61kg and am 171cm in length. I am out of shape, so I look a bit overweight and I do have stubborn belly fat. Anyway, I work a 8-4 desk job. I would like to start training in a fasted state but I work a 8-4 desk job and I find it impossible to wake up an extra 2 hours earlier in the mornings to go train (I also live a little out of town). I also only have a 30min break at 12h30 and don’t work close to any gym anyway.
I have been cutting for 18 weeks now and have gotten myself down to ~10% body fat. I am able able to see outlines of upper abs when relaxed, but I still have a decent belly bulge in lower abs; not the nice flat belly all the way down that I am striving for. When lightly flexed, the bulge goes away..
Thanks for this awesome article Mike. I was doing some reasearch on Yohimbine and found that it can have some side effects. Some of which sound a little scary. In your opinion would it be likely to still be able to get down to as low as 6 or 7% body fat without this supplement or related supplements?
Hi guys , im only 14 yrs old and I weigh 132 , many people tell me I shouldn’t really be focusing on my weight because I am just a kid , but I really half lack of socialism because of it .. I’m gonna start drinking lemon water & see if any changes occur ..
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.
As said before, measuring your waist with the tape is the easiest way to check belly fat. Measure your torso at the level of your navel. As per the official guidelines, measure your abdomen from just above the hip bone or the iliac crest, just where it intersects the line dropping down from the middle of the right armpit. Breathe normally while taking the measurement, and don’t hold the measuring tape too tight against the skin. Those with a waist size more than 33 inches are at risk of developing chronic heart disease.
Mike – My wife and I have been loving your books and plan! I have been working out for the past 8 months, at 20% BF, but just now on WEEK 3 of your cutting plan and taking Forge/Phoenix. My weight has stayed right around 161 lbs (5’8/38yrs old). I may be impatient but I feel like I should be losing more! 🙂