How to lose belly fat fast

Lose belly fat fastBefore we look at how to lose belly fat fast, we should look at why you should lose belly fat.

We’ll see that this is important for your health, and not just for the way you look.

Being overweight or obese creates real risks to your health.

Excess body fat is linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. So the more body fat you have, and the more overweight or obese you are, the higher your risk of health problems.

As we will see, the amount of belly fat you have is a good indicator of your health risk. So losing belly fat, which you can monitor as your trousers get looser, is important for your health.

Also, losing belly fat makes us feel better in the short term. Our clothes are looser and more comfortable, and with enough fat loss from around the abdomen we might get a better shaped waist, and that’s appealing for both men and women.

Body fat estimated by body mass index (BMI)

Often, the way the amount of body fat you have is estimated by calculating your body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a way of working out how much you weigh compared to how tall you are. The higher your BMI, the more body fat you have, and the more overweight or obese you are. Well, that’s the theory anyway.

The problem with BMI is that a lot of people with very low levels of body fat have very high BMIs. Think elite sportspeople like the guys who play in the NFL, or international rugby players. These athletes are so muscular that their BMIs put them in the obese category. So BMI sometimes isn’t very helpful.

Belly fat measurement estimates health risk

Since BMI can be so misleading, and other estimates of body fat levels such as body fat percentage or waist to hip ration are complicated to work out, a simpler way of doing it is needed. Introducing belly fat measurement, or waist circumference, to give it it’s proper name. This just involves measuring your waist with a tape measure. Simple!

So why lose belly fat?

Your waist measurement is a good way to estimate your body fat, and the risk to your health, as outlined above.

Your health is at risk if your approximate waist size is over 37 inches for men, and over 32 inches for women. Your health is at high risk if your waist size is over 40 inches for men, and over 35 inches for women. The risk is even higher for some ethnic groups such as people from parts of Asia.

So you can see that losing belly fat fast should be a priority for anyone in this situation. And don’t forget, less fat around the waist makes you look and feel better too, which might be better motivation to lose that stomach fat.

How to lose belly fat fast

All of the advice for losing body fat generally applies to losing belly fat**link. Eat fewer calories and do more exercise to burn more calories, both in our food and stored as fat.

A few years ago I was looking to lose some belly fat myself, and I was looking at a book for how to do this. Up to that point I was thinking that sit ups, crunches or whatever they’re called this week would do the trick. I was horrified to see that to burn 100 calories you need to do sit ups for 20 minutes. How many sit ups is that? How much food has 100 calories? One banana! So, eat one banana and do 100 sit ups to get rid of the calories. A BK Whopper Meal (my favourite) has 1180 calories. You do the sit up math!

Any chance of a six-pack?

To lose the fat you need to eat fewer calories and do more exercise, just like for losing body fat generally. Sit ups, crunches, and so on are useful as part of the exercise programme generally, and later when the fat starts to disappear, to really tone up your abdominal muscles for that six-pack look. Check out “Flat Belly Forever” for more advice on exercise and diet for belly fat loss.

How likely is it the six-pack thing will happen? Well, I was pretty overweight and my aim was to be able to sit down while not wearing a shirt without feeling embarrassed. I ate less, I exercised more, and that happened a lot faster and painlessly that I expected. You just need to stick at it and develop new eating and exercise habits. And above all, believe it will happen.