It’s that little bit of fat that sits at the bottom of your stomach, That one place that doesn’t seem to want to shift no matter how many ab exercises you do. It just stays there, mocking you when you look in the mirror every morning. I know you’re sick of looking at it and I know how much pain it’s causing you ,I know exactly how you feel because I struggled with this for a long time and in today’s blog, I want to share exactly how to lose subborn belly fat for men.
When I was an overweight teenager and first started wanting to lose weight, my main goal was to lose my belly fat and get in better shape. I also had a friend with the same plan, and what we decided was instead of going to the gym we would save some money and just do exercises in my back yard. My dad had some old weight plates lying around so we thought it would do. Since I wanted to lose belly fat and get a 6-pack I did some research on the internet and found a guide for “ultimate 6-pack abs” and printed it out.
I thought I had the golden formula, all I had to do was just follow this ab workout and in no time I would get a 6-pack. So for the first two months of exercising my friend and I thought if we do this ab exercise routine every single day we’re surely to speed up the results. So every day for 20 minutes it was just continuous core work, making sure we were getting “the burn” and just doing non-stop bicycle crunches at the end.
After 2 long months of going through this pain guess, what did I have to show for it? Absolutely nothing. There was nothing that changed. I still had that puppy fat around my stomach and I was pissed. I couldn’t believe that I had spent two months of putting in hard work and I didn’t have any results to show for it.
The truth about 6-packs
After being frustrated with seeing no change in my body, I started doing research to find out what was happening and why I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I spent hours looking at different ab routines and articles about 6 pack training and a lot of them were talking about direct ab exercises but then I happened to stumble across a few articles on a forum with people having the same problem. This forum I was on was actually a nutrition forum and the answers to the question that we were asking really shocked me.
“No amount of crunches or planks are going to get you abs” was the title, of course I was skeptical so I clicked on it. This guy was talking about how different levels of body fat determine whether or not you have a 6-pack. This whole article was full of scientific research, photo’s and just everything showing exactly how body fat affects how you look and then it all started clicking together.
You see the problem with stubborn belly fat isn’t that you’re doing the wrong ab exercises or not working hard enough, it’s that your body fat is still too high and that’s where you tend to hold body fat.
How do you get rid of it?
If your level of body fat determines whether or not you’re going to have a 6-pack, how do you reduce your body fat? It all comes down to nutrition and losing weight first. In order for you to lose belly fat and just fat in general, you have to be burning more calories than you’re consuming during the day and during the week.
What you’re putting in your body is the first most important thing before any type of 6-pack training because if you’re eating too much, or not enough of the right food you’re going to wind up like me and just running around in circles.
If you’re not losing weight you’re not going to lose that lower bit of stubborn belly fat. By focusing on nutrition first and eating the right amount of calories every day you’re going to see much quicker results.
Here’s a great calculator I recommend in order to help you figure out how much you need to be eating every day http://www.iifym.com/iifym-calculator/
Once you’ve discovered how much food you need to be eating every day you need to be tracking your food intake.
It’s easy to use and you can also download it on your phone. I like it because you can scan barcodes, add in common foods and edit a food is the nutrition date is wrong. Being able to track your food and get a clear understanding of just how much you’re eating every day is going to help you get an idea with what’s really going into your body and if you’re losing body fat.
Do I have to track what I eat?
I get asked this question a lot and my answer is at the very start YES. To get an idea of how many calories you’re really consuming during the and to make sure you’re on the right track you need to be able to understand what’s going into your body. You don’t have to do this forever, because once you start to get a clear understanding of how much food you’re consuming during the week you only have to make little tweaks since if you’re like me, a lot of the foods you eat are the same day in and day out and there’s only some days or some meals that are different. Just Track your food for two weeks and see if you’re losing weight and if you are then you’re on the right path towards losing that stubborn fat!
So now that you’re eating right and losing body fat you will start to see your lower abs, but that’s only one part of the formula. In order for you to have a rocking 6-pack, there are some other fundamentals you need to know about.