The quickest way to lose belly fat is….to follow all these steps! This will surely supercharge your metabolism and help you start burning fat.
Starting from today……..
Step 1: Drink 8-12 cups of water daily
Water hydrates your body and your body will metabolize fat more effectively. Should you substitute for juice? No. Juice has a ton of sugar and is actually detrimental when you are trying to lose fat (sure natural orange juice might be healthy and contain tons of vitamins, but it is still bad if you are trying to lose fat). Also, the more water you drink, the fewer cravings you will get!
Step 2: Eat every 3 hours
Eating every 3 hours which will result in 5-6 meals a day is very beneficial when it comes to losing fat. A regular person eats about 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner). When they eat this way, their body goes into starvation mode between the meals and tells itself to pack on fat. When you eat every 3 hours, your body will increase its metabolism and burn food faster.
To do this, start by eating breakfast. Never skip breakfast! For every meal, try to eat in equal portions. We all know that people are busy and most people cannot do this. Therefore, try to get some healthy snacks such as granola bars, low-fat yogurt and protein shake to supplement your diet.
Step 3: You can only have junk food ONCE a week.
Sorry, everybody. If you really want to lose fat, you have to cut out junk food. This includes foods candy bars, soda, pizza, etc. Write down your favorite junk food (mines is ice cream) and tell yourself that you can only eat it at the end of the week and only if you stayed clean for the entire week. This way, you can reward yourself for all your hard work. This has a positive psychological impact and is very good for your body.
Step 4: Buy yourself a notebook and set some goals
Set small goals. For example, No junk food for a week or hit the gym at least 3 times, lose 1 lb.
Write these goals down and when you accomplish it, check it off. This makes you feel much better and maybe next week set 2 goals and so on.
Without goals, there is nothing to measure your success and you will most likely give up within a week. This step is very important so please don’t forget it.
Step 5: Lift weights
Lifting weights are ESSENTIAL to losing fat. Don’t worry ladies, you are not physically able to get bulging muscle. If you only go to the gym 3 times a week, try to lift weights for 2 out of the 3. Pick up a weight that you can do for 12 reps (no more, no less) and do 1 warm up set and 3 regular sets.
The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. Also, if you want that sexy toned look, you definitely have to lift some weights. If all you do is run, and you manage to lose weight, you still won’t be toned.
Step 6: Stop Stressing!
Stress increases fat storage! Long story short, stop stressing over petty issues and try to forget about it. Take some deep breaths and think happy thoughts =) If you want to learn more about how cortisol affects belly fat, read our article about cortisol belly fat.