The Secret to Losing Belly Fat
Six pack abs would be nice, but let’s be honest, you don’t have any desire to give up pizza (me neither).
On the other hand, you wouldn’t mind losing your gut and having a flatter stomach. The problem is, you’ve done countless different ab/core workouts and still jiggle in the middle.
What’s the deal?
I’m about to let you in on a little secret.
For The Average Person
Let me be clear, I don’t blame you and am definitely not shaming you for not wanting to give up pizza. I’d rather have a regular pizza night than a year-round six-pack, too.
It’s not that pizza and six-packs are mutually exclusive though (especially if you’re talking about a six-pack of beer, in which case they go together quite well). It’s just important to have realistic expectations.
Those ripped models you see on magazine covers with crazy low body fat? They prepare for those photoshoots and not by eating pizza (plus those pics are usually heavily edited). Real people don’t walk around every day of their life as shredded as that.
At the time I’m writing this, I don’t have a firmly defined six-pack.
I don’t want one.
I’ve had one before and I know what it takes. Pizza is an extremely rare occurrence. Same with cookies. And frozen custard. And whiskey. (Probably some other stuff, too, but I think we can all agree those are the big ones.)
I do, however, have abs that are clearly visible under the right light, which, personally, is something I can maintain without having to sacrifice any of the foods I enjoy.
Even that could be more than you’re hoping for though. You may be content not having visible abs at all but would like to lose some inches, flatten out your stomach, and not have excess fat negatively affect your health.
To be honest, that’s where most people land. Which is why, for the average person, the secret to getting there isn’t as complicated as you’d think.
The Secret (Part 1)
You might hope I give you a mystical ab exercise that’ll shred your abs like packing-peanuts in a wood chipper. Unfortunately, there’s no ab exercise in the world that will do that.
That’s the first part of the secret.
No amount of sit-ups, crunches, planks, twists, kicks, electrical pulses, or even those old-timey gyrating belts will cause you to lose belly fat any faster.
This concept is true for every part of your body.
You lose weight where you’re going to lose it. Unfortunately, belly fat is often the last to go.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t ever do ab exercises. You should. It’s important to have a strong core, and your abs are part of your core. But you don’t need a separate 30 minute ab routine for that. As long as you have a few sets of a core specific exercise at each workout, you’ll be fine.
Just remember, you’re not doing it to lose belly fat. That’s something that comes from your diet.
The Secret (Part 2)
Let’s be real — the fact that a healthy diet helps you lose fat isn’t much of a secret. What’s more “secret-ish” is the actual process for losing some inches around your midsection.
As with exercise, there also isn’t a mystical nutrition tip for busting belly fat. There’s not a specific diet that targets fat better than another, no single food you have to eat, and no supplement that speeds up the process.
The real trick? Taking a long-term approach to weight loss.
Since belly fat tends to be some of the most stubborn fat on the human body, the first few pounds you lose won’t do the trick. And the more weight you lose, the more difficult it becomes to continue losing it.
Which means it HAS to be a months-long process to even start noticing a discernible difference.
That’s not all bad news though.
Taking small, but meaningful, steps toward weight loss is less overwhelming. It’s also more effective. (Download our free guide, “5 Myth-Busting Rules to Take the Overwhelm Out of Weight Loss” to see 5 simple steps you can take right now).
Do you realize what that means?
It means that once you’re willing to play the long game, that’s when losing belly fat becomes a guaranteed part of the process, and you won’t have to drive yourself crazy with complex systems and strategies to achieve it.
In other words, you can still have pizza every once in a while. In fact, you can sacrifice only as much as what’s realistic for you to still enjoy life. Then just stick with that program (which should be easier to do if it’s truly realistic).
Whether you choose to be more strict so you can start to see your abs, or you’d rather have more freedom in your lifestyle and just have a slightly flatter stomach, you can make those decisions — and change them — as you go.
The Last Step
I realize what I’ve shared isn’t fully a secret in the literal sense of the word. It’s more of an inconvenient fact that most people would rather not fully accept. It’s easier to do some crunches every once in a while than it is to consistently eat healthy.
Yes, it takes time to build up good habits — more time than most of us would prefer. But it’s how you get results. Trying to do it too quickly only seems faster at first, until you end up right back where you started (see “How Fast Should You Lose Weight?”).
But that doesn’t mean you have to go “slow.”
Because if it’s gonna take a long time to lose belly fat, you can bet it’ll take even longer (if it ever happens at all) without a coach, and that’s something you have control over.
We can help you find the fastest possible timeline based on your situation and individual needs, create a program that meets those needs, and then coach you to help you stay on course. If you’re ready to lose weight and lose inches around your waist, that’s the fastest way to do it.
Schedule a consultation call with us to find out what the best type of program would be for you personally (and the timeframe) to start losing belly fat ASAP.