14 Tips to Lose Belly Fat Effortlessly
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Our bodies are wired to store fat around our Center of mass which happens to be the belly love handles and hips.
And there’s a very good reason for this. Storing pounds fat on more distal areas like your hands and your feet would require a lot more energy to carry around and to do the things that we need to do on a daily basis to survive.
And this defeats the whole biological purpose of storing fat, to begin with, which is essentially your body trying to stock up on energy in the form of body fat in case of a future famine where there’s a shortage of food or in other words a shortage of energy.
In sports, like wrestling and judo, we can see that our center of mass gives us the leverage we need to carry heavy weight loads without expending a ton of energy.
Your body already naturally knows this so that’s why one of the first areas to gain fat when you overeat is your belly.
Unfortunately, even though your body is wired to view this as very efficient not only in the stomach area the last spot that most people want to gain fat but it’s also very unhealthy to carry large amounts of fat around your midsection.
Now even though your body is quick to store fat around your stomach it’s very hesitant to let it go and will usually be one of the last spots that it pulls fat from.
So you need to reduce your overall body fat percentage low enough for your body to burn the fat everywhere else before it starts pulling energy from the fat stored around your midsection.
This is done mostly through diet so a lot of times many people follow a strict diet which becomes more and more difficult the longer you try to stick to it.
So today I want to give you guys 15 quick guidelines that you can use to start burning body fat and belly fat as soon as possible without having to torture yourself in the process.
And the very first extremely effective thing that you can do is limit the number of high sugar foods that you eat.
Sugar doesn’t only taste good at the moment but it makes you crave more sugar in the future.
When you habitually eat things like cookies ice cream and cake, you actually wind up decreasing the sensitivity of your palate which makes natural healthy sources of sugar like fruit taste much less sweet and satisfying.
There are also studies that show a direct link between having a high sugar intake and having higher levels of abdominal fat.
This is due to the fact that Sugar spikes insulin which is a fat-storage hormone and it also decreases insulin sensitivity.
So this doesn’t mean that you can never have any sweets you can reward yourself with something like ice cream at the end of the week but it shouldn’t be a staple part of your diet throughout the week. Instead, you should do your best to stick to fruit to satisfy your sugar Cravings.
Next, when you go shopping you’re going to want to stick to the outside perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the inner aisles.
So this includes your produce department Seafood meat eggs and some dairy.
This is because the inner aisles are usually where you’ll find all the processed food that ends up raising your insulin levels increasing your daily calorie count and of course contributing to the storage of belly fat.
However other than high-sugar cereals chips and cookies, there are some things in the inner aisles like rice quinoa and nuts that can actually fill up your stomach and help you reduce body fat.
So when you do go into the inner aisles you want to follow the next tip which is to pick mostly single-ingredient Foods.
These are foods that have a low-calorie density which means that for the amount of space that they take up in your stomach they only add a relatively low amount of calories to your daily total.
A perfect example of this is comparing Oreos to something like broccoli. Just one Oreo will have 40 calories mostly in the form of sugar.
For the same many calories you can fill your stomach with a whole cup of broccoli. Now on top of that single-ingredient foods require more calories to digest.
The Oreo will quickly and easily be broken down into simple sugar without much effort meanwhile the broccoli will need to be broken down reducing the net amount of calories that you take ultimately take in.
We can see this when comparing and many other foods such as white bread to brown rice.
So generally a great rule of thumb is testicular whole unprocessed Natural single-ingredient Foods that either have a short shelf life, are frozen, or need to be boiled to eat.
Next, you want to Watch out for added sugar.
Even the outside perimeter of your grocery store you’ll notice things that appear to be healthy like smoothies, and juices when in reality they’re only going to help you store body fat not lose it.
That’s because when you take a closer look at these foods and beverages that are marketed as healthy you’ll see that they’re full of a ton of ingredients to help preserve the products and especially full of added sugar to make them more palatable.
If you want something like a natural smoothie you’re much better off making it fresh on your own by simply throwing some fruits, vegetables, and water into a blender.
Not only is this nutritious but it will actually help you drink more water throughout the day,
which is actually the next tip to drink more water
Now the majority of people trying to burn fat think that water can be used to enhance weight loss and fat loss, so they try to drink tons of water throughout the day.
Many of these same people will still continue heavily snacking throughout the day on high sugar fad foods like trail mix,
But they’ll still make sure they get their 8 eight-ounce glasses of water in for the day. The truth is that there is no magical property of water that significantly enhances fat loss.
It will slightly speed up your metabolism but this will only save you around 50 calories per day and maybe closer to 100 if you only drink cold water.
However, sticking exclusively to drinking water only is a great tip for those of you that have juices and soda throughout the day because this can save you from consuming hundreds of calories in the form of sugar.
Water is also one of the healthiest beverages you can drink because it helps carry nutrients from the food you eat throughout your body.
Another thing you should do right away is up to your protein intake if it is currently low.
Studies have shown that protein helps fill you up and reduces hunger.
Another benefit that we get for fat loss is that protein requires significantly more energy to digest than carbs and fats,
so it will increase your metabolism if you have a higher protein diet, sometimes helping you burn even 100’s of extra calories per day.
On top of that, it’s also great for building muscle. However, eating too much protein won’t necessarily give you any extra benefits.
According to the research maximum muscle-building effects are achieved at around 0.7 to 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
So even though having more than that won’t necessarily hurt your fat loss efforts, it could make your nutrition plan more difficult to stick to because it will reduce the number of carbs and fats you can eat per day.
So I recommend sticking to 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day and having the rest of your calories in the form of carbs or fats.
And if you don’t know how many calories you should be having per day you can use the macro calculator in the description below.
Now before your ability to burn belly fat, it’s going to take time for your body to first burn off fat from other places,
So you need to be consistent for some time before you start seeing the stubborn belly fat decreasing.
To stay consistent it’s very important that you follow the next simple rule of making healthy food taste great.
Any diet that requires you to eat foods you hate or to cook them in a bland tasteless way is destined for failure.
Don’t be afraid to add enough olive oil, seasonings, and spices to your meals to make them taste great.
Being the type of person that pours one droplet of oil on the frying pan may save you some calories in the short run,
But ultimately heavily restricting will lead to a binge and failure in the long run.
Similar to making healthy food taste great the next tip is to allow yourself an occasional cheat meal,
But only after you fill up your stomach. You can do this before you go to a restaurant or before you have a cheat meal at home.
If you have a small high protein, a high vegetable meal before eating the things you’re craving it’ll help take the edge off your hunger and save you a lot of calories without having to use much willpower.
Even if you don’t have time to make a whole meal simply throwing some fruit and vegetables into a blender and having that before you have a cheat meal will go along way.
Next is to not overdo it with alcohol.
Since fat is metabolized in the liver you’re going to want your liver to be available for the breakdown of fat rather than it being busy digesting alcohol.
But that’s exactly what happens when you drink alcohol. Your body drastically slows the breakdown of fat to prioritize getting the alcohol out of your system.
On top of that certain alcoholic beverages will hurt your fat loss efforts. For example, drinking beer and wine in excess can add just as much sugar to your diet as drinking soda.
If you’re going to drink alcohol go for unflavored liquors like vodka, rum, and tequila. Also if you want to make a mixed drink or use a chase make sure you use a calorie-free beverage.
Moving on the next tip is to eat more soluble fiber because it helps reduce hunger.
It does this by slowing down the digestion of the food you eat, helping you feel fuller for longer.
Great sources of soluble fiber include oats, avocados, and Brussel sprouts.
For those of you that are afraid of adding even healthy carbs like oats remember that feeling full and satisfied on a day to day basis is a lot more likely to lead to a successful outcome in the long run
Because you’ll be reducing your caloric intake naturally due to increasing your satiety rather than forcing restrictions.
Now even though the majority of your belly fat will be burnt via diet,
the right type of exercise can really help speed things up and help you maintain your results when you’re done.
Weight training, in particular, will allow you to burn more calories,
Build more muscle which will increase your metabolism, and it’ll increase your insulin sensitivity which once again is great for fat loss.
Also, weight training will deplete your body’s glycogen stores,
which means you’ll have more room to eat carbohydrates since your body will need those carbs to replenish the glycogen in your muscles and liver rather than your fat cells.
Another really important thing to do is to make sure you get enough sleep.
Sleep is crucial for your muscles to recover and it’s when you rest and sleep that your muscles grow.
Getting enough sleep helps balance your hormones, whereas not getting enough will increase cortisol and decrease testosterone,
which will promote fat gain and muscle loss. Do your best to get at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep per night to ensure that your body is primed for fat loss.
Once you have your diet and weight training in check you can add some high-intensity interval training to boost fat loss further.
This should only be done when you hit plateaus and your diet and weight lifting are not enough on their own.
If you don’t want to adjust your diet and want to keep eating the same amount you can burn some extra calories by throwing in one 15 minutes high-intensity interval training session at a time.
This session should include full body exercises that get your heart rate up like burpees, squat jumps, and rope slams.
The goal is to work as hard as you can for a short duration like 45 to 60 seconds and follow that up with a short break around where you take 30 to 60 seconds off, then repeat again and again for 15 minutes.
These full-body aerobic workouts are a great way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time without promoting muscle loss.
Finally, the last tip for today is to set up your diet in a way that helps you eat less without you feeling hungry or deprived.
For some of you, this may mean that you fast for the majority of the day and have a couple of large meals.
Intermittent fasting can be very effective for fat loss without having to eat all day long, and without having to limit the size of your meals as much.
The downside however is that you have to go for at least 16 hours without food, so while this may work for some it won’t work for others.
Others may do a lot better by controlling their hunger with small meals throughout the day.
Remember that the amount of meals you eat per day doesn’t really determine how much fat you will lose, so choose the plan that is best for you.
So those are the 14 tips that you can use to start losing belly fat without crazy restrictions.
By following these simple suggestions you will be able to stick to a healthy eating plan for longer which will allow you to tap into the fat stores around your stomach over time.
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