Stubborn belly fat is a common issue for men and women alike. It’s the most obvious problem on your body and one of the most difficult to hide. And even when you are working out on a regular basis, your stomach can be one of the big frustrations - many people just can’t seem to shift it no matter how hard they try.
However, as long as you follow the tummy busting rules, work hard, and place a priority on losing total body fat rather than targeting your stomach, you should see results. In this guide, I’m going to reveal five rules you should follow to lose fat from your stomach.
1. Focus on Strength
To burn fat quickly, you need to build muscle. Cardio alone is going to help, of course, but your goal should be to include strength training and make use of compound movements to ensure every exercise works on as many parts of the body as possible. Much of your power stems from your legs and core, so squats and deadlifts are just as important as - if not more than - your arm and chest workouts.
2. Healthy Nutrition
Cut back on junk or all your work in the gym will be a waste of time and energy. Yes, you will get stronger and fitter, but ultimately you can ruin everything if you don’t eliminate your naughtiest eating habits. Don’t forget that everyone already has a six pack, and building them up will help them grow and become strong. But all that unhealthy food is still going to create a large layer of fat on your stomach, and the only way to shift it is to focus on your diet just as much as you do on exercise.
3. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Everyone likes a drink every now and again, but if you can cut out the alcohol altogether, you will make significant progress fast. There’s a good reason why stomach fat is referred to as a ‘beer belly’ for men, so it’s important to think twice about your alcohol consumption if you want to reveal the muscles that lie beneath. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the impact alcohol has on your liver creates stress and work for your body.
4. Eat More Protein
Protein helps you build muscle and burn off more energy than any of the other food groups. Make sure you are consuming plenty of food rich in protein every day, and you will find you are able to blast that stubborn stomach fat quickly. Try including protein with every meal - canned tuna, chicken breast, ground beef, and of course, eggs, are all fantastic sources of the quality protein.
5. Lose Body Fat - Everywhere
Finally, the most important point of all - you cannot target a particular area of the body when it comes to losing weight. Yes, crunches will help your stomach get hard, strong, and build up the muscle. But they won’t help you burn off your belly fat. You have to approach losing fat as a whole if you want to get the best results and a flat stomach. So, instead of focusing on crunches alone, make sure your workout includes a combination of compound movements for strength and some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) that has shown to be effective to burn fat efficiently when included in a training plan reglarly. On your rest days still keep moving, go for a 30 min walk or easy jog.
As you can see, with dedication and commitment, nothing is stopping you from achieving your fat burning goals. It’s not going to happen overnight, of course, but by taking these crucial points into consideration when planning your workouts, you will get results. A few things to remember:
Are you struggling with stomach fat and can’t seem to shift it? If you are still having issues after trying to implement the above advice, don’t be afraid to get in touch. Working with a personal trainer can give you the focus, motivation, and expertise you need to get the perfectly flat stomach you crave.