The Secret to Losing Belly Fat
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Six pack abs are cool, but let’s be honest, you don’t have any desire to give up pizza to get them. (🙅♂️ Me neither, btw.)
On the other hand, you wouldn’t mind losing your gut and having a flatter stomach. The problem is, no matter how many ab/core exercises you do — or even if you’ve dieted and lost some weight — you still jiggle in the middle.
What’s the deal?
I’m about to let you in on a little secret.
For The Average Person
I don’t have a problem with anyone being honest enough to admit they’d rather have a “normal” life where they can eat “normal” foods with their family and friends. I’d rather have a regular family pizza night than a chiseled 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? Aside from the fact that the pics are photoshopped, those models follow super strict diets (pizza is NOT part of the plan) to look their best just for the day of the photoshoot.
Even they don’t walk around every day of their life as shredded as that.
On the other hand, there’s me. I don’t have a chiseled six-pack. I don’t want one. However, my abs do look more defined than they’ve been in my entire life.
That’s significant, too, because in the past couple weeks I’ve had ice cream multiple times, I ate half a pizza on family pizza night, I had 6 chocolate chip cookies on movie night, and I’ve been eating sliced bread like it’s the coolest thing since, well… itself.
(Seriously, Megan was complaining about how quickly we went through 2 loaves of bread.)
I wouldn’t give any of that up in exchange for a slightly less blurry set of abs. I’ll settle for the treats and simply having a toned waistline, thank you very much.
Where I’m at might even 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 just so you can move a bit more comfortably and take control of 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 lose it. Everyone’s body is different but, unfortunately, belly fat is often the slowest 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. A couple sets of one core specific exercise at each workout is plenty.
Just remember, you’re not doing it to lose belly fat.
The Secret (Part 2)
Losing belly fat is all about your diet (specifically, being in a calorie deficit).
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 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 (or avoid), and no supplement that speeds up the process.
The real trick? Time.
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 if you don’t have a program that you can realistically follow for more than a few weeks, the belly fat is there to stay.
The good news is, since it’s literally all about time and being consistent, once you DO find a program that’s doable for normal, everyday people with REAL lives, that’s when losing belly fat becomes a GUARANTEED part of the process.
You can still have family pizza nights. (Like we show in our 2 Secrets to Real Mom-Life Weight Loss.)
You can spend LESS time in the gym but have MORE energy to keep up with your kids. (Like we show in our 2 Secrets to Real Dad-Life Weight Loss.)
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 will 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 lose belly fat, and if you try to do it too quickly, you’re only more likely to end up right back where you started (see “How Fast Should I Lose Weight?”).
But that doesn’t mean you have to go “slow.”
If you have the right plan, you can get noticeable results — so there’s proof that the belly fat will continue to come off — within 60 days! (We guarantee it with our coaching.)
What does the right plan consist of? You need to be able to answer these 3 questions to find out:
1. What sort of workout routine is realistic for YOUR goals and schedule?
2. What type of foods will give you the best results based on your family’s needs and preferences?
3. What ONE thing could you change to get the BIGGEST results right away?
Right now, we’re offering a free call to give you a personalized 3 Step Road Map to Weight Loss so we can answer those questions for you based on YOUR unique needs and struggles.
Ab exercises don’t help you burn belly fat. There’s no diet that targets belly fat better than another. There’s definitely not a specific food you have to eat (or avoid).
The ONLY thing that causes you to lose belly fat is staying in a calorie deficit long enough to actually see results. Which means the real secret is finding a program that’s doable for real life so it’s easy to stick with for more than a few weeks.
Want to know what that would look like for you? Get your FREE Personalized 3 Step Road Map to Weight Loss here!