- Diet & Weight Loss
The Best Way to Lose Belly Fat - Idiot Proof Diet and Home Workout
If you want to burn off your belly fat then what you need is an idiot proof diet and an easy home workout to ensure your success.
When you practice eating habits that even an idiot can do and perform quick workouts at home you really are left with no excuses; your belly fat will be a thing of the past.
By the end of this article you will be well equipped to shed those extra inches around your waist.
Cheat Your Fat Away
I'm sure that most people assume that fitness models eat a perfect diet and that they could never manage to achieve a body like theirs. But in reality, no one's perfect; everyone "cheats"! You can't set out with the mindset that you can't make any mistakes or you'll end up quitting the second you have your first couple of slip ups.
Acknowledge that you're going to cheat and actually plan on cheating to be able to stick with your nutritional habits for life.
I call it an idiot proof diet because it doesn't matter what diet you do, this simple step will help you stick to it. By planning a "cheat meal" (or day) every week or two you give yourself something to look forward to. This will keep you from eating junk food when you realize that you only have a few more days to go and you can eat whatever you want without feeling guilty. There's no guilt because you planned on doing it! And if you made someone try to give up all the sweets and junk food that they love for life then no one would be able to stick to it. But there's another benefit you'll achieve from this idiot proof diet.
It doesn't matter what meal plan, diet, or method of eating you plan on going with; they're all going to tell you to reduce your calories in order to lose weight. And as you keep reducing your calories you can actually slow down your metabolism, which is something you don't want. You want your metabolism to stay revved up so that you continue to burn fat off your body. So how do you do that? Well, if you eat a cheat meal once every week or two then you're going to have a short term spike in calories which will shift your metabolism back into overdrive! So planned cheating makes your diet easier and actually more efficient, but what should you eat when you're not cheating?
What to Eat
In order to keep this an idiot proof diet, I'm not going to recommend that you count calories at all. What I'm going to recommend is that you eat 5 to 6 times a day with anywhere from 2 to 3 hours in between each time you eat. Alternate your meals with snacks so that you're eating something like this:
And be sure that each of your meals is balanced. For your first three meals you'll aim to get 1 to 2 servings of protein, carbohydrates, dairy and fruit. Don't go back for seconds and use the size of your palm to estimate your serving size. For your last three meals you'll aim to get 1 to 2 servings of protein, carbohydrates, dairy and vegetables. And if you're feeling like you could use more calories near the end of the day then add in an extra serving of vegetables. But if you're noticing that you're not losing any weight a couple of weeks in, then stick with just one serving of each thing, instead of the occasional two.
It's just that simple! Stick with lean protein sources like chicken breast, nuts, salmon and so on. You'll want to aim to consume carbohydrates that will satisfy you longer like whole wheat products, brown rice and yams. And you'll want to aim to eat reduced fat versions of the dairy products you pick out. Can you see why this is an idiot proof diet? Don't make your diet complicated! The next thing you'll want to do is raise your level of activity to increase the caloric deficit.
Quick Home Workout
Most people don't want to workout because they don't have money for a gym membership, don't want people staring at them or they just don't have the time. Well, by working out at home you can solve all of those problems! You don't need expensive gym equipment, you can workout in the privacy of your own home and do it quickly.
What you'll want to do is set up a series of bodyweight exercises that you're doing to do back to back in a circuit without a rest in between them. This will help you target your whole body and really boost your metabolism to help you burn off that belly fat. I'll give you a quick sample workout you can do in as little as 10 minutes if that's all the time you have. You'll do the first circuit the whole way through, rest for a minute then complete the second circuit, rest for a minute and repeat.
- Step Ups - 8 each leg
- Mountain Climber Push Ups - Set of 8
- Chin Ups - Set of 5
- Prisoner Squat Jumps - Set of 8
Rest for a minute before continuing on.
- Reverse Crunches - Set of 8
- V Ups - Set of 8
- Alternating Bicycles - 10 each side
Rest for a minute and repeat anywhere from 2 to 5 more times. If you're having a busy day then go ahead and squeeze in just 3 rounds of these exercises and feel satisfied that you actually managed to fit your workout in. Do bodyweight workouts like the one above 3 to 4 times a week and you'll start to notice a slimmer, sexier waistline!
These simple changes are proven to help anyone lose belly fat permanently. When you make simple changes to your diet and your activity levels then you'll have no problem shedding the spare tire. You now have the keys to achieve a fit body.