I’m going to show you how to lose belly fat for good with a 4-week plan. During each week, we’ll implement one of 4 things that have been found in research to be the key to lose stubborn belly fat and keep it off. We’ll show you how to properly assess and monitor your belly fat loss progress, give examples of food swaps to consider for your weight loss diet plan to kick start fat loss, talk about a few exercises to speed it up, and then combine everything with a bonus tip for those who are really serious – and want to lose belly fat, fast. By the end of this video, you’ll have a full plan that you can get started with immediately, and if followed consistently, will help you finally lose that stubborn belly fat.
In week 1, you need to weigh yourself every morning after waking up and after using the bathroom. Don’t drink or eat anything before. After 7 days, take an average of your weight. This 7-day average will then be your “weight” for that week. Every week you will repeat this process. You will then compare these weekly averages to assess how much fat (i.e. belly fat) you’re losing with what we will implement next in weeks 2-4. A reasonable goal is to lose weight at a rate of around 0.5-1% of your body weight per week.
During this second week, you need to close the gap between how many calories you can eat to lose fat and how many calories you’re currently eating to kickstart the process of losing your stubborn belly fat. A simple method to get a rough estimate of how many calories you can eat is to take your body weight and multiply it by either 13 or 29 depending on if you’re using lbs or kgs. Download a food tracking app such as MyFitnessPal and start logging down every single thing you eat during a typical day. By the end of the first day, you’ll be able to see roughly how many calories you’re eating.
This number will most likely be higher than the number of calories you can eat to lose fat. We need to close this gap. Employ a flexible approach toward your diet plan for the best chance of success at weight loss. This is where you more or less continue eating what you want, but gradually make swaps to reduce your calorie intake.
Although reducing calories is the main thing you want to do when it comes to how to lose stubborn belly fat, being active should not be overlooked as it will speed up the process. That’s why, starting in week 3, we’ll track NEAT. It may not seem like it, but daily living activities like walking, fidgeting, washing dishes, and gardening can make a big difference when it comes to fat loss. The easiest way to track your general activity is through your step count. The greatest benefits seem to occur in the neighbourhood of 7,000-9,000 steps per day and is a good minimum goal to aim for.
During week 4, you need to implement a structured exercise routine with the right amount and the right type of exercise. As a recommendation, you should aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week. If you can up this to at least 60 minutes 4-5 days per week that is even better. That will help you lose belly fat – fast. As for the type of exercise to do, what we recommend within our Built With Science programs that have worked wonders for thousands of members, is to start with a foundation of about 3-5 weight training days per week. Once you’re consistent with that, add in 20-30 minute cardio sessions to help you hit the weight loss targets we established back in week 1.
Although you can’t directly target fat loss from your belly, you can grow your abs just like any other muscle by training them with weights. As they grow, they will pop more through your skin and as a result, make them more visible even if you haven’t lost all the stubborn belly fat. To do this, train your abs with weighted movements regularly 2-3 times a week. Weighted cable crunches, weighted reverse crunches, and weighted sit ups are all great options.
Keep in mind that this should not be implemented until you’ve nailed down the previous 4 things. Once you get all 4 implemented, you’ll start experiencing fat loss. Keep this up for long enough and stay consistent with it, and eventually the fat will come off from stubborn areas like your belly.
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