9 out of 10 people want to know how to lose belly fat.
Many of them are told they can get washboard abs in 7 minutes a day or by eating a special fat blasting food.
The truth is losing belly fat has nothing to do with which exercises you choose or what ‘style’ of diet you follow.
Follow along closely if you want to find out what it really takes to blast belly fat and keep it off for good.
It’s Not About What Diet You Follow
Will going low carb or eating Paleo help you lose belly fat?
But it’s not guaranteed.
The fact is, the style of diet you follow doesn’t impact your ability to lose belly fat as much as you may have been told.
You might prefer eating 2 meals a day or enjoy having 6 smaller meals spread evenly every 3-4 hours.
When it comes to your diet as it relates to fat loss, your calorie deficit matters the most. Simply put, you need to burn more calories than you consume. This means by the end of the week, you need to have eaten fewer calories than you burned. If you need any help knowing how to get started with your own fat loss program, fear not, I’ve written a free guide for you HERE.
Don’t get hung up too much on what ‘diet’ is the best for fat loss.
It’s Not About What Kind of Exercise You Do
I love lifting weights and recommend that all of my online coaching clients lift weights as well to help them reach their goals.
But does lifting weights guarantee you’ll lose belly fat?
No. Not at all actually.
So is cardio the answer to melting stomach fat?
You can lift weights, crush cardio and do every crunch variation known to man and still struggle to lose belly fat.
Your exercise routine is secondary for targeting stomach fat (but don’t use that as a reason not to lift and perform your cardio).
The Big Secret to Blasting Belly Fat…
I hope you’re still with me because this is *very* important.
There is no single exercise to blast away your belly fat. You can’t zap away fat by cranking out thousands of crunches.
There are no special foods to melt away love handles and give you washboard abs. Avoiding ‘bad’ foods won’t even guarantee you success.
So what is the most effective way to blast belly fat?
Consistency, training hard and eating right time and time again.
Consistency is, bar none, the only way to effectively lose body fat and ultimately reduce the troublesome love handles, low back fat, and belly bulge. Exercising, eating right and getting quality sleep are definitely pieces of the puzzle don’t get me wrong. But how effective is your training program going to be if you only exercise 2 out of your 4 scheduled days? Or if you only practice good eating habits 3 out of 7 days a week?
But how effective is your training program going to be if you only exercise 2 out of your 4 scheduled days? Or if you only practice good eating habits 3 out of 7 days a week?
Doing the right things training and diet wise are important no doubt (For help creating your own plan go HERE.)
Doing them consistently is even more important.
If you’re fired up and ready to go but don’t quite have the consistency to match, give these 3 things a try.
#1 Be honest and explicit about your goals and why you want to achieve them
Some people struggle to be consistent because they aren’t quite sure what they really want to get out of their gym routine or new diet. Be honest with yourself and set clear, concise goals to help you stay the course. Without at least an 80% level of consistency, you probably won’t see the results you’re looking for.
#2 Don’t bite off more than you can chew
You’re ambitious and ready for a change, I get it. You start hitting the gym every day and adopt a new and healthier diet. After a week or so, though, things come screeching to a halt and you fall off the wagon.
So what went wrong?
Maybe you tried to take on more than you could handle at the beginning and simply couldn’t keep up with doing quite so much. If consistency is a primary issue for you, set yourself up to succeed by starting with a plan you know with 100% certainty you can stick to.
If it means hitting the gym 3 days instead of 5 because you know you’ll probably blow off those extra 2 days, then go with it. Build momentum and a solid routine by beginning with a realistic schedule. Don’t over commit only to fall off a week later.
Introduce new things one at a time so that you’re more likely to stick to them. If you attempt to change every single thing at once, well, good luck ;).
#3 Stop Making Excuses
This one can be a tough pill to swallow for many of us. I’m the first to admit I make excuses sometimes which end up wasting my time and preventing me from getting stuff done.
If you’re prone to making excuses for why you can’t eat right, why you can’t make it to the gym, or why you’ve had 5 cheat days in the last week of your diet it’s time to get real.
You’re busy, I get it. But there’s still enough time in the day to hit a workout if it’s a priority. Go before work. Go after work. Heck, go during work, just don’t tell your boss 😉
Lack of time is not an excuse to skip workouts or fail to prepare for success. Schedule in your workouts the week ahead and do your absolute best to stick to those times. If you miss one workout it’s not the end of the world. Consistency, in the long run, is the key to achieving lasting results.
If you can’t ‘stick to your diet’ try simplifying things. Make it impossible to fail. Give yourself 3-4 diet guidelines to stick to for one week.
- Eat protein rich foods 3-4x per day
- have 2 fistfuls of veggies with those meals
- drink 8-10 glasses of water per day
- prepare at least 1 meal a day ahead of time
Simple things like prepping some go-to meals ahead of time can do wonders for compliance and consistency. It takes repetition and practice to turn these things into habits so the more you do them the more automatic they’ll become.
Let me help you melt away fat…for free
If you’re still with me, great. It probably means you’re someone who gets it. Someone who realizes the gimmicks, fad diets and ‘special’ ab exercises aren’t the keys to losing belly fat and keeping it off for good.
Only consistency over time will give you the results you really want.
Since you’ve made it this far (maybe you skipped ahead, which, by the way, is perfectly A-ok), I’d like to give you a gift.
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