Help! My belly fat won’t go down (2)

If you’ve been following my last post and you’re reading this now, you must have figured you were definitely doing something wrong to hinder you from obtaining a flat belly. Well, not to worry, this post offers effective solutions to achieving that flat belly you’ve always dreamed of.

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Achieving a flat belly can prove daunting especially if you’ve been consistently working out but seeing little or no results in your mid-section. While weight loss may help reveal a slimmer figure, it doesn’t necessarily translate to a flat belly. Fat loss is an important component for achieving a flat belly. Here are some fitness and lifestyle tweaks you can make to help you obtain a flatter belly faster:

1. Watch your diet!: Don’t get me wrong now. When I say diet, I’m not talking about going on some fad and unrealistic diet plan. Several studies have shown that exercising regularly without making diet and lifestyle adjustments can show little to no favorable results. If you want to lose belly fat, then you need to make adjustments to your diet as well as exercising regularly. You need to maintain a caloric deficit by eating healthy foods and not just any kind of foods. This is where the saying, ‘All calories are not created equal’, becomes important to bear in mind. You also have to be consistent and disciplined in your approach.

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2. Drink lots of water: Have you ever come across individuals who claim to dislike the taste of water? Well, if you’re one of such individuals, I hate to break it to you but you will have to learn to love drinking water. Many studies show that there is a strong correlation between drinking more water and losing fat. This is because drinking more water increases the number of calories burned, also known as resting energy expenditure. Several health and fitness experts recommend drinking at least 2 liters of water in temperate regions and at 3 liters of water in tropical regions.

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3. Get enough sleep: It’s somewhat bizarre to have to point this out but in today’s world, we have many individuals struggling to get in at least 7hours of sleep daily, which is the recommended hours of sleep for adults. Studies show that not getting enough sleep can have negative implications on an individual’s health and fitness lifestyle. One particular study shows that when a dieter gets a full night’s sleep, more than half of the weight lost is fat. When the dieter cuts back on sleep however, only one-fourth of the weight lost came from fat.

Furthermore, the study also found that dieters who didn’t get a full night’s sleep faced increased hunger levels as a result of an increased production of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger and reduces energy expenditure.

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4. Lift weights : Focusing all your energy on cardio may not be helping you achieve the flat belly you want. While cardio is great for weight loss, it is not as effective for fat loss. Incorporating weight training to your workout routine will help you burn fat, build muscle definition and reveal a lean and toned figure.

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Help! My belly fat won’t go down (1)

We all wish for a flat ripped belly but sometimes it could be just that…a wish. You ask yourself, what am I doing wrong? I workout everyday! Here’s what you might be doing wrong and how you can effectively achieve that flat tummy you’ve always dreamed of.

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On my journey to becoming a fitness entrepreneur, I’ve often encountered this question numerous times. Many clients feel frustrated when they see little or no reduction in their midsection after putting in effort and trying to alter their diet. To understand the primary causes and possible solutions to this dilemma, I will try to explain the science behind fat loss as simply as I can.

Fat loss is really simple, calories expended should be greater than calories ingested in order to lose body fat. In simpler terms, creating a consistent flow of calorific deficit will result in the loss of body fat.

Why you are not losing belly fat

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So you’ve been working out consistently but your belly fat just won’t budge. Here are some reasons why:

1. You’re eating a lot of healthy foods: This might come as a shock but eating a lot of healthy foods might be hindering you from achieving a flat belly. As I mentioned earlier, fat loss is as a result of creating a consistent calorific deficit. So you’ve been eating clean but you’re not creating a deficit, you obviously won’t lose body fat and your belly won’t magically disappear. Eating clean is just not enough, you have to be careful to ensure that whilst you’re eating clean, you are also creating a deficit.

2. You’re stressed: Stress can prevent you from having that ripped belly you so desire. When you are feeling stressed, your body produces an increased amount of the stress hormone, cortisol, which goes through your body causing fat to settle in your belly.

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3. You’re doing the wrong exercises: You can perform 1000 crunches at a go but your belly fat will still wriggle around in mockery of your efforts . You need to do a lot more than just crunches or sit-ups. You need to perform exercises such as strength training, HIIT, cardio, that help you lose body fat.

4. You’re not drinking enough water: Studies have shown that drinking water can help you lose weight and in turn, achieve a flat belly.

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5: You’re not getting enough sleep: Not Getting enough sleep can result in increased stress levels. When you’re stressed, you body releases an increased amount of cortisol which encourages the settling of fat in the belly.

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I’m a girl so I can’t lift heavy weights!

Some females cringe at the thought of lifting heavy weights at the gym. Here’s why such thought is unfounded:

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If I had a dollar for every time a female said this to me, then I would be moderately rich.

I don’t know where this believe came from that men were the only ones allowed to lift heavy weights. I have heard a lot of girls and men as well tell me, ‘Stella, if you keep lifting heavy you’ll look like a man.’

This is not only an archaic believe, it is frankly quite daft. Here’s why you won’t look like a man if you lift heavy weights:

Female bodies produce only a fraction of the muscle building hormone (testosterone). This hormone is predominantly found in males which is why they can easily develop muscles and look muscular and buff. Females on the other hand do not have a significant amount of this hormone that’s why looking masculine from lifting heavy weights is rare.

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I know you’re thinking to yourself, what about those female body builders who look masculine? Well, those females go through years of extensive training and dieting to look the way they do.

If you’ve been thinking of lifting weights or you completely avoid the weights section at the gym because you don’t want to look masculine, I hope this post reassures you that you won’t look masculine. Instead, you will tone up and reveal a strong and sexy figure. You can thank me later.

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