It’s no shocker that you have to lose belly fat to be ready and compete in a figure competition. Yes, you have to have a pretty tight midsection and be able to sport around a set of 6-pack, washboard abs on stage to compete with a chance at a win.
But don’t worry if you aren’t there yet. If you do have belly fat that you can’t move no matter what, I have a few tips you can use right now to lose belly fat. You don’t need any fancy or expensive ab equipment. You can get of troublesome stomach fat using the bare basics.
Diet (You Are What You Eat?)
If you’ve been in the fitness scene for any amount of time this shouldn’t be a news flash. Diet is 80%… No, let’s go with 90% of fat loss. Why 90%? Because that is what I believe to be true via 28 years of trial and error and the thousands of figure competitors I coach.
While we are on the subject, it’s not just about a restrictive diet, it’s about nutrition. Nourishment from protein, carbs, and essential fat is the platform. How you tweak the macronutrients is the key boosting fat loss.
If you plug-in the right nutrition plan and drink an adequate amount of water your body will literally purge, yes I said PURGE sodium, fat, and toxins right out of your body. How cool is that?
Here’s the deal… Food chemical ingredients that your body can’t use such as preservatives, artificial flavorings and colorings, as well as stabilizers and emulsifiers, and all that other junk get stuck and trapped in your fat stores.
By eating a diet composed of real food, natural food, your body receives its nourishment and is able to function as it should, and help to expel some of those toxins to a degree. The more your body is able to be nourished and purge impurities, the fewer cravings you will have and it will improve your overall metabolic rate. A solid eating program is really a win-win situation to lose belly fat.
Exercise (Cardio And Training Application Is Everything)
Most women who want to lose belly fat turn into cardio queens, doing cardio every blessed day of the week for hours on end. Sure, adding in cardio exercise will help to burn off fat stores to some degree, but realize that cardio can only do so much.
Use cardio as a tool, not as the only method. In fact, doing just a mere 20-30 minutes of HIIT 4-5 times a week may be all you need to start off with to get the belly fat moving off your body. You can slowly build this amount over time based on your rate of fat loss.
Ab training is really good for building a strong abdominal core, and of course those well-defined abs you want to sport on stage. You don’t need to do thousands of crunches every day. There are a lot of ab exercises you can implement and you can use a variety of rep ranges and even add poundage too.
Yes, adding poundage to your crunches can help, and then doing a few sets of a good 40-60 reps works well too. Keep your ab workout varied. If your tummy is a real trouble zone, it’s okay to work abs every day to help lose belly fat, provide they are not sore from the previous workout.
Supplement (Something Extra)
Can supplements help you lose belly fat? Sure, if your diet is 90% in check, you are doing some cardio, and of course adding in your ab workout. However keep in mind that supplements are just that, to supplement your program.
So, what are the fat-loss supplements I would recommend? Well, there are a few choice supplements I think are great. Now keep in mind that I don’t shove “sport supplement name brands” down your throat. I go for ingredients and product purity. I’ve been in the fitness scene for a LONG time and I’ve been able to research, study, and test a lot of products. If I find the research solid, I will typically give the product a run.
The products I would recommend for belly fat loss some down two:
- Garcinia cambogia
Garcinia cambogia has an organic acid element called (-) hydroxycitric acid (HCA). What does all this mean? Well, HCA is like citric acid found in citrus, however it contains different properties. One of the effects is has is to help with losing body fat. The brand CitriMax™ is the best kind of Garcinia cambogia because it contains the proper calcium/potassium salt ratio of 60%. Awesome balance!
NOW Super Citrimax is one product line I found to contain pure ingredients and it’s effective. This supplement works great when you have complex carbs in your diet because it curbs your appetite AND it prevents those carbs from being stored as fat! True stuff.
This product is also at the top of my list of recommended fat loss supplements. Why you ask? It’s great because burns belly fat. CLA is short for Conjugated Linoleic Acid. Just technicalities. You want to know what it can do for you and your stubborn body fat.
Here it is; a double-shot. CLA can burn body fat and build muscle. Now you want to call me a quack, right? But here’s the deal. CLA will utilize the food you eat and really use it for fat burning and muscle building. It helps to burn fat simply by enhancing insulin sensitivity so the fatty acids and sugar can move straight through the muscle cell membranes and away from fat stores, somewhat like a traffic controller.
There you go. Now, once you start to implement these three steps consistently; a clean eating program, cardio and ab exercises, and optional supplementation you should begin seeing some noticeable changes in about 14 days.
Continue these tactics to lose belly fat so you can have that figure-ready body that’s tight, ripped and sexy and you can own the stage.
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