Fat is fat. There is no such magic thing about belly fat. It just happens to be on your belly. True, belly fat is the type most associated with cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol levels and visceral fat, the fat surrounding your internal organs, but in the end belly fat responds well to the usual fat burning treatments out there to lose weight.
Do not make the mistake of considering fat in your belly or in any other body part as a localized issue. Just like men will not get rid of men boobs by doing endless push ups for their pecs, so women will not get rid of belly fat by simply doing endless crunches.
Fat is not a local problem, but a whole body issue even though it may appear that fat does have a “personal preference ” in storing up in your belly or thighs or wherever.
The main point is to crank up your metabolism, reduce calorie intake and do some exercises to boost calorie expenditure, this is the key to losing weight. Then fat will fall off starting out from the areas where is more abundant, like your belly, and then shedding off from your whole body gradually.
So how do you boost metabolism and what should you eat for this to happen? The most important thing is of course reducing your calories, the more fat you need to burn, the less calories you should eat. Later when you have already lost belly and body fat fat you will need to up your calories once again.
But what should you eat then? The answer is simple: you should eat the less white carbohydrates and sugars (like bread, pasta, rice, pizzas and candies) you can get away with and, strangely as it seems, replace them with healthy fats like olive oil or peanut butter, aside from eating more fiber rich vegetables and proteins.
Foods To Lose Belly Fat
Carbs and sugars convert very easily into fat, much more so than fats. Make a priority to include in your diet nuts, like almonds, cashews or the likes, or low calorie smoothies, they make you feel full and stop you craving for carbs and sugars. Eat also plenty of vegetables like broccoli, cauliflowers, spinach and the likes, they make up for a lot of volume, fill your stomach and have next to 0 calories.
Mix your veggies with high quality proteins like tuna, chicken breast or fish to feed your muscles while on restricted calories and make sure to eat more at breakfast than at lunch, leaving only a small meal for dinner at least 2 hours before going to bed so it will not seat in your stomach while asleep and your body will then use its own fat storage to burn calories at nigh time.
Workouts To Lose Belly Fat
I order to enhance your metabolism you should also exercise. Long, boring slow cardio are more and more frequently superseded by interval training not just because it is more fun but also because more effective. Time and time again, short bursts of high intensity cardio or resistance training followed by low intensity bouts in quick succession have shown to be way more effective in boosting metabolism and activating fat burning than traditional, endless cardio or treadmill sessions.
This is because interval training not only does raise metabolism while you exercise but also for many hours afterward, keeping your body in fat torching mode. As far as resistance training is concerned, you should strive to implement back to back sets non stop for all major body parts.
A full body workout with sets performed in sequence without rest between body parts (or the least rest you can get away with) will tax you system like no other method and quick start your metabolism like never before. Remember, check your doctor first for an all clear, then just hone in gradually and have the guidance of a professional trainer or gym instructor as interval training can be very demanding on your body, especially if you are unfit.
However, even by just changing your eating habits and food selection, reducing calories and better structuring meal times, you will see your stubborn belly and body fat steadily shrinking before your eyes.
Deborah loves keeping fit and staying so for life. She’s been training for the last 12 years and has a simple goal: making it as simple as possible for women to find out about the best training and dieting methods for their goals.