When it comes to the best belly fat burner, the natural methods are always the best as a permanent solution. Burning fat, toning the body and getting a flat stomach naturally is very simple and anyone can achieve it.
To be honest, going the supplement route or going on diets are not sustainable long term and not very wise for the overall health. It will require a change in lifestyle if one wants to burn the belly fat and keep it off.
An important point to keep in mind is that if you want to lose the belly fat, you will need to lose overall body fat. Contrary to what many preach online, it is not possible to target fat in a particular area. “Targeted fat loss” in my opinion, is the favourite phrase of the weight loss supplement market – unfortunately, a lot of people in desperation fall prey to.
Burning belly and body fat for me wasn’t very hard at all, I was able to do it naturally and keep it off with the following changes.
It All Starts With A Proper Diet
A proper diet at the end of the day determined my success and this was the first thing I started with. I figured out the number of calories to consume, what my macro was going to look like and what I was going to eat. By doing this I had cemented 70% of my success.
No matter what I did, had I not figured out my diet, it would all have been for nothing. This is why I tackled diet first. Since this post is supposed to be an overview of the things I did to burn belly fat, I have gone ahead and wrote a much more detailed post on how I figured out the number of calories, macro and diet here: Lose Stomach Fat Naturally – What Worked For Me!
This is very simple to do. To start all I did was walk 30 minutes in the morning and I bundled this with my Hour of Power walk. By walking 30 minutes first thing in the morning, I got in about 7000 steps and it got my metabolism fired up. I walk every day in the morning and they are not gentle strolls, rather it’s a brisk walk – it falls a notch below speed walking but several notches above my regular walking speed.
The diet + walking 30 minutes a day alone started showing results and I started to see my stomach flatten. I wanted even more, so…
I incorporate strength training and cardio six days a week. Each section at the gym lasts no more than 1 hour 20 minutes – 1 hour of strength training and 20 minutes of cardio. I hit the gym in the morning to workout on a fasted state and ensure that my body is burning fat throughout the day. The added benefit is that I feel energized and focused all day and never feel sluggish.
I go into more detail about my morning routine and my workout routines here: How To Wake Up In A Peak State – My Morning Rituals For Success & Best Exercise To Lose Stomach Fat – Full Body Workout Routine For Women and Men if you want to check it out.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Getting sufficient rest is important to the proper functions of the body. When we sleep the body heals itself, repairs damaged tissues and revitalizes us. A good nights rest is very important for the body to repair the broken muscle tissues and build lean muscle.
When it comes to fat loss, sleep plays an important role. A study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center found that when dieters had a full nights rest, fat loss accounted for over half the weight they lost. When they asked the same dieters to cut back on their sleep by approximately 2 hours, results showed that fat loss only accounted for one-quarter of their weight loss.
Furthermore, the study also found that when the dieters cut back on their sleep, they produced higher levels of ghrelin – the hormone which causes hunger. Thus, they felt hungrier in a sleep deprived state.
When it comes to the best belly fat burner, adequate sleep should be among the top 5.
Stress is the silent killer. It harms the body and mind in numerous ways. It leads to everything from heart decease to depression. When it comes to fat loss it is also detrimental.
I learned that when we are stressed, the body pumps blood into our midbrain and it becomes highly active. When the midbrain is active it sends a signal to the body that a famine is coming. For men, these signals translate to do only two things – consume much food as they can to store as energy for future use, and reproduce. For women, these signals translate to only one thing – consume much food as they can to store as energy for future use.
How is the energy stored in the body for future use… you guessed it, as fat! This is why reducing stress is vital to losing body fat.
It was very important for me to track and see if I was getting the results I wanted. My goal was to maintain my weight but to lose fat. This is why I always made it a point to wake up each Sunday and record my results. I would wake up weigh myself, measure my waist and chest take a few pictures to record my stats. This process allowed me to keep track. If I was not on track, it gave me the opportunity to figure out what was not working and modify it.
99% of the time it was fine-tuning my diet – particularly increasing or decreasing my daily caloric intake by 100.
Listening to my body and analyzing the results was vital to my success. It was also one of the great motivators, as I started seeing results and the body transformation it kept me motivated to carry on. Unlike daily check-ins, weekly check-ins are a great way to see if I were on track and keep the momentum going as results were very obvious.
On Sundays and Wednesdays, I meal prep. This makes it very easy to stay on track and follow through. The great thing about meal prep is that my food is always available, all I have to do is open the fridge and grab em. I don’t have to worry about figuring out portion sizes or making my meals. With the exception of the two smoothies I drink daily, I prepare all my meals well in advance.
Finally, I set myself a routine to follow and this was the besting thing I ever did to stay on track and ensure success. It was simple, I came up with a schedule for the week and planned out what and when I was going to eat. The schedule was very straight forward, it was an outline of how my day was going to look like and it was very high level. Here is what it looks like:
- 04:00 AM Wake up
- 04:20 AM AVC with water
- 04:25 AM Morning Walk
- 05:10 AM Gym
- 07:00 AM First Meal – Avocado + Milk + Protein Smoothie
- 07:30 AM Breakfast – 20 Grain Bread + Soup + Ground Beef or Salmon; Berries + Peanut Butter + Honey + Matcha smoothie to go
- 08:30 AM Coffee with MTC Oil
- 10:00 AM Walnuts + Beets
- 11:30 AM Spinach + Kale + Olive Oil + Salt + Yogurt Smoothie
- 01:00 PM Almonds + Broccoli
- 02:15 PM Chia seeds soaked in water
- 03:00 PM Lemon juice with water
- 09:00 PM Sleep
Once I had it on a schedule it was easy to follow, meal prep and check things off. For me, this helped the most with staying on track and being consistent.
These are my best belly fat burner strategies to get a flat belly. The key is being consistent and following through.
As I have mentioned above, I have gone into more detail about how I figured out my diet and workouts on the following posts Lose Stomach Fat Naturally – What Worked For Me! and Best Exercise To Lose Stomach Fat – Full Body Workout Routine For Women and Men. Give them a read if you want to know more.