You have probably been watching what you eat and dieting for some time now, but there have been no significant results. Your belly fat is still there and refuses to leave your body and let you be happy. But if you are doing everything right, why is it still there?
You can be working out 5 times a week and eating very few calories and the fat on your stomach could be right where it was before you started being careful about your habits. There are some factors, including food and exercise, that influence how fast or slow (or not at all) you are losing belly fat.
Too much processed food. We all know that eating too much food rich in carbohydrates and fat will increase the chances of developing body fat, and then, when we want to lose these extra pounds we decide on eating low calorie (which often means low carb, low fat) foods. As there are many low calorie processed foods, such as some salamis, or allegedly non-fattening foods, such as fruit yogurt (which is packed with artificial sugars), popular cereal brands, diet cookies, etc (foods packed with artificial ingredients and additives) we find ourselves baffled and we wonder how and why we didn’t lose any of the fat we expected to lose.
Instead of eating processed ones, choose whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains – all of which have anti-inflammatory properties and high levels of antioxidants which make our bodies healthier and leaner.
Eating the wrong kind of fat. Our bodies react differently to different kinds of fat. For example, when eating too much fatty meat and dairy products, you will probably gain some weight, and belly fat will be the first to show. These are saturated fats. However, when eating monounsaturated fats contained in olive oil and avocados, you will not gain belly fat. The same goes for omega-3s contained in salmon, some nuts and seeds.
On the other hand, even these good kinds of fat will not be good for you if you overdo it. With large amounts of any food, you take in many calories (more than your body can spend and burn), which leads to weight gain.
You are not working out hard enough. People who do high-intensity workouts showed to lose more fat than those doing a low-intensity kind, as reported in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal. The fact is that high intensity workouts burn more calories than the low intensity ones, which directly leads to shedding more fat. This does mean giving all of you while exercising, but it also means doing more in less time and achieving better results.
You are working out the wrong way. If you are doing abs thinking you will lose belly fat that way, you are wrong. In order to lose belly fat, as well as fat from any other part of the body, you need to burn calories. Working on only one area won’t do much for you.
Therefore, you should work on your entire body, do cardio exercises, or whole body exercises where you will include more muscles and use more energy – this way you will burn more calories and shed fat.