Ok, so I’ve been trying and trying (and trying some more) to get lean for a LONG time. I constantly watch what I eat and I exercise a lot but have never quite achieved the results I’m after.
And when I say ‘results’, what I’m really talking about here is how to get rid of belly fat and have a super defined body.
Well, the good news is that in the last few months I’ve made some awesome changes that really work.
I’m starting to see some great results, and while I’m not quite where I want to be yet, I’ve made my best progress so far. Plus I’ve managed to figure out what’s delivering these new results.
I’ve narrowed it down to 7 simple strategies that once you implement with commitment, you are GUARANTEED to burn belly fat and get lean immediately. You’ll absolutely see amazing results within 3 weeks if you stick to these.
I only wish I had this information sooner myself, but I’ve enjoyed the journey that’s lead me here. And now I want to share these tactics with you so you can benefit from them a lot sooner than it took me.
So let’s get to it. Here are my 7 amazing tips that show you exactly how to burn belly fat and get lean super quick.
#1) Increase Water
Water gives you peak performance ability.
Whether you’re dieting to lose weight or eating to bulk up, water is your best friend.
Drinking water also helps to keep you feeling full, meaning you’re less likely to binge or hit up the snacks. If you start each meal by drinking 2 large glasses of water, then you’ll eat smaller portion sizes too, because you’ll feel full sooner.
From a fitness point of view, the more water you have inside your muscles, the better they’ll function and stronger they’ll be.
And if you’re wondering exactly how much water you should drink to get that flat stomach, the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) recommends drinking 8-12 glasses of water per day. Get gulping.
#2) Decrease Salt
Once sure fire technique for a flat stomach is reduce the amount of salt you eat. Too much salt can actually make your belly look bloated, as salt retains water. On the flip side, reducing your salt intake will actually make your belly look flatter. So what’s not to like?
Bottom line is that avoiding salty foods will reduce the appearance of belly fat and will give you that flat stomach you desire and deserve.
#3) Exercise Early
New research recently shared in the The New York Times, shows that working out first thing in the morning (before you’ve even eaten breakfast) primes your body to burn belly fat all day long and speeds up your overall weight loss.
Add enhanced energy levels to the mix and you’ve got the perfect excuse to drag your ass out of bed, instead of hitting snooze again.
#4) Decrease Sugar
If you’re trying to get rid of belly fat but you’re still eating sugar, then slap yourself in the face right now.
Now think about what you did.
Quitting sugar will GUARANTEE that you lose weight – it’s actually the key to automatic weight loss.
Sugar is also the primary culprit in all sorts of health related issues and diseases, ranging from cavities and rotten teeth to obesity and diabetes. There’s nothing more to say about this other than give it up, for reals.
#5) Carbs After Exercise Only
By eating the majority of your daily carbohydrates within 20 – 60 minutes of your main exercise or workout session for the day, you’re getting them in when your body is pretty much bulletproof from forming fat.
So carbs eaten post exercise are much more likely to get stored as muscle energy and not as fat, making this one of the best ways to lose weight and get all leaned up.
#6) Double Your Intake of Dark Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are an AMAZING fat burning food. Spinach, kale and broccoli are all packed full of vitamins and minerals. They’re also super rich in fiber, which is really important for weight loss as it keeps you feeling full and keeps hunger at bay.
On top of this, dark leafy greens are low in carbs.
So let’s just repeat that – an awesome food that’s low in carbs but makes you feel full? Eh, yes please!
Double up on your intake (or eat as much as you can).
#7) Eat whole natural foods, preferably plant based
This is HUGE (and really simple). A whole food diet doesn’t require fancy meal plans, calorie counting, supplements or any other complicated nonsense.
All you have to do is ditch all the processed foods and mainly eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
So nothing from a packet and no junk food. Instead eat, fruit, vegetables nuts and seeds. If you’re a veggie (like me) then eat more protein packed legumes in place of the meat. If you’re a meat eater then focus on lean meat.
Cutting out grains and dairy is also great for fat loss. I’ve removed dairy since going vegan and haven’t looked back.
This has been the biggest driver of the great results I’ve personally seen lately.