Do This 1 Thing If You Want to Reduce Your Belly Fat
Posted by Healthy Truth on Aug 10th 2019
It’s pretty common for clients or friends to ask personal trainers how they can get rid of their belly fat. There are many misconceptions out there about belly fat. Most people think there’s a group of specific ab exercises that will show off your hidden but fully existing six-pack. Many are convinced there’s a particular diet that will help you shed that last layer of fat and reveal your true figure.
But trainers and other health professionals know that there’s no way to spot-reduce fat anywhere on the body. In other words, you’ll never be able to choose exactly where fat leaves the body. This is a hard truth to stomach, but genetics plays a large part in how your body sheds fat when you lose weight. Some people will lose it in their belly faster while others will shed faster in their arms or legs. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to lose weight in your belly, though. It’s more than possible but it does take hard work to get there.
If there’s one thing you can do to lose fat everywhere, including and especially in your belly, it’s to eat in a calorie deficit. That’s the only way to successfully shed pounds. Here are a few tips on eating in a calorie deficit.
Track Your Calorie Intake Every Day For a Few Weeks
This will give you the information you need so you know what kind of changes you need to make. Most of us eat way more food each day than we think. It’s all too easy to over-serve ourselves at dinner, snack on too much in between meals, or grab too many appetizers at a dinner party. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying yourself and savoring your favorite food, but there’s a way to love all your meals without overeating.
If you want to get rid of stubborn belly fat, it’s going to take some discipline in order to eat less calories. Try not to snack very much in between meals or go for seconds when you’re already full and nourished. As extravagant as those extreme diets may sound, you’re not going to get very far by completely eliminating certain food groups. Sustainable fat loss comes from being in a consistent, healthy calorie deficit.
Don’t Consume Packaged, Processed, or Junk Food
You already know this, so it’s more of a reminder than anything else. Belly fat can’t be reduced if you’re eating cookies, pastries, and potato chips all the time. These foods are highly caloric, lacking nutrition, and over overflowing with harmful saturated fat, which hinders the body from functioning at its highest level.
Eat clean, whole foods that are sourced locally as much as possible. Focus on consuming all your macro- and micronutrients that occur naturally. If you’re short on time and you don’t know how to put together a quick meal, have Healthy Truth GO PRO Protein Powder Blend in the cabinet so you always have a delicious smoothie available.
Exercise to Speed Up the Process
Working out isn’t going to be the primary source of belly fat loss, but it certainly helps you along the way. When you exercise regularly you burn more calories, and that puts you into a calorie deficit quicker. However, make sure you don’t get so ravishingly hungry after a workout that you kill off all your hard work by overeating on a huge, highly caloric breakfast. But if you maintain the same amount of calories you’re eating or raise it slightly, you’ll see your belly fat disappear faster.
Strength training is your best bet. It’s the quickest way to build lean muscle mass, but helps you burn fat and calories faster in the long run. Plus, there are endless benefits that come from working out that aren’t externally physically focused.