Monday, January 25, 2010

Lose Your Belly Fat in 2 Weeks... ?

The other day someone asked me if she could lose most of her belly fat in just 2 weeks. She really wasn't fat but she did have some "tummy" fat that she wanted to lose before going on a cruise in February. Obviously I had to tell her the truth: it's nearly impossible to lose a very large amount of stomach/abdominal fat in just 14 days.

But there is some good news. It is possible to lose several pounds and inches in that short amount of time if you follow a very structured diet and exercise regimen. It's not exactly "easy" but it is simple. It goes something like this:

-- Start drinking large amounts of water. Shoot for a gallon per day!

-- Stop eating all processed foods and simple sugars. This will cut your calorie intake and get your blood sugar and insulin levels under control (making it much easier to lose weight quickly).

-- Start eating 5 small meals and snack per day, spaced about 3 hours apart.

-- Get all of your calories from lean proteins, healthy fats, and good carbs. Nearly all your carbohydrates should come from vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and small amounts of fresh, raw fruit. Aim for "low glycemic-index" carbs as much as possible.

-- Start doing about 30 minutes of variable-intensity exercise per day. Full-body circuit training is the best option. Also do some high-intensity interval training (HIIT) if you already have some conditioning. Do ab exercises at the end of your workouts... not because they're going to "spot reduce" your belly fat but because they'll strengthen, tone, and tighten-up your abdominal muscles, making it look like you have lost belly fat!

-- Drink at least one whey protein shake per day. Also take a good multi-vitamin supplement and, preferably, a omega 3 fat supplement like fish or krill oil.

By following the steps above I can't promise that you'll lose your belly fat in only 2 week, but I can promise that you'll drop several pounds and almost definitely lose inches from your abdomen, hips, things, and butt.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What's your opinion in regards to drinking coffee with Splenda or Truvia? I just seriously can't stop my morning coffee and can't drink it without sugar, so I was wondering if sugar substitute was okay to cut out calories? (I'll sacrifice my brown sugar, as long as I can keep my morning drug pls)