When I was younger, I remember all the girls in my class talking about how awesome guys with abs were.
So I did the only rational thing I could think of.
I ran home that evening and did as many crunches as I possibly could
So many that my abs actually started cramping and I was forced to stop.
I remember after the intense ab workout was over, I immediately ran over to the mirror and lifted my shirt to see if my abs had “arrived.”
They had not.
Despite meticulous pinching and examining, nothing had changed.
Fast forward to today and “How to lose belly fat” is still one of the more commonly searched health and fitness topics of all time.
That’s why today I’m going to show you exactly how to lose that stubborn stomach fat and start carving that sexy stomach.
And it’s all backed by science.
This topic is covered on our Youtube Channel, The Health Nerd, as well and can be seen below:.
Before we talk about the methods for blasting away fat, let’s talk about what causes it.
Kind of obvious, but it needs to be said. The main culprit of belly fat is consuming too many calories, which lead to weight gain and stomach fat.
And the main way to lose the belly fat is reducing fat all across the entire body.
High amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol, have been linked to higher abdominal fat distribution.
Other hormonal issues have also been linked with slow weight loss and difficulty for the body to properly uptake nutrients.
So it’s just as important to get your hormones in check as it is to make sure your diet is aligned.
Missed by a lot of health professionals, bloating certainly doesn’t help with belly fat.
This is usually caused by high sodium intake, excessive carbohydrate intake, and can even be a sign of food intolerance.
The older you get, the harder the process of losing belly fat will become.
You can get a flat stomach at any age, but it will take more effort when you are 50 than when you are 20.
Studies have shown that certain types of alcohol are directly correlated with stubborn belly fat.
And if your overall goal is to lose fat, cutting down on alcohol intake is a simple solution that really works.
Ok, time for the main event.
Studies have shown that there is a direct relation between fiber intake and reduction of belly fat.
The type of fiber you want to focus on is viscous fiber. These are the types of fibers that bind to water and slow down the digestion process.
It can be found in beans, vegetables, and whole fruits.
Sugar is turned into fructose in the body, which gets stored as visceral fat.
There are also plenty of studies that show how sugar increases belly fat, causes cravings, and is ultimately TERRIBLE for the body. We have a whole article and video on the harmful effects of sugar.
Cut it out of your diet.
There’s also a similar problem with salt. The high salt intake in an average diet causes stored water weight and lots of belly bloat.
Reducing salt intake to between 1500mg and 2000mg per day will usually result in an immediate reduction in belly bloat.
Studies have shown that adding in caffeine before workouts…
Drink 30 minutes before exercise for more gainz and less belly fat!
Apple cider vinegar is uniquely effective for weight loss and eliminating stomach fat. Its ability to regulate blood sugar and curb appetite is also awesome for overall health.
Studies have also shown that those who consume 1 -2 tablespoons daily have a significant decrease in visceral fat than those who do not (1).
You can read our article on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar if you’d like to learn more.
For every hour of sleep the body gets that is fewer than 8, the chances of visceral fat increase. If you’re only getting in 6 hours a night, you’ll likely have a 22% increase in the gain of visceral fat (2).
There’s a reason lack of sleep is associated with cravings, high cortisol levels, poor skin, and other health issues.
For more knowledge bombs on the importance of sleep, check out our article here.
Get 8 hours of high quality sleep every night.
A study done by Swedish scientists showed a strange result. Those who ate lots of polyunsaturated fats lost more visceral fat, lost more weight, and gained more lean muscle than those that ate other fats (3).
Polyunsaturated fats can be found in fish, nuts, and seeds.
But of course, these steps are just the tip of the iceberg for fast and effective weight loss.
There are 10 important scientific steps you must understand to get fast and consistent weight loss results. These basic steps are the sometimes surprising reasons why people struggle to lose weight.
Leave me a comment below if you enjoyed this article or have any questions!
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