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Lose Stomach Fat, Boost Metabolism

Trying to lose stomach fat can be quite difficult especially if you are overweight or have a slow metabolism. There are many factors that affect our metabolism such as age or genetics that hinder our weight loss. However, there are still proven methods that will help you lose belly fat and burn calories even if you have a slow metabolism.

Lose Belly Fat
Lose Belly Fat Photo by Prevention

What is Metabolism?

Metabolism is basically the metabolic rate at which your body takes what you consume and use it as energy stored for later on. Your metabolic rate is directly related to your muscle mass and body composition. Increasing your muscle mass and lowering your body fat can boost your metabolism.

Lose Stomach Fat with Cardio Exercise

By going to the gym for at least 3 times per week, I was able to lose over 10 pounds in 2 months. I would do less than 10 minutes on the treadmill and then jump rope for about 20 minutes. If I did not feel like going to the gym, then I would run two miles around the track and call it a day. The key is to be consistent with cardio exercise and the weight loss will come eventually.

Weight Lifting to Lose Stomach Fat, Improve Metabolism

I don’t know what it is but there is something about weight lifting that will help you build muscle and burn belly fat at the same time. It was good to start my ab exercises with no weights at first then as I got better I added weights to increase my muscle strength. I don’t have complete six pack abs but I do have a flatter stomach and just a few tweaks to my diet should get me where I’m going.

Diet to Burn Belly Fat

Along with exercise, the next important thing is diet. As the saying goes “abs start in the kitchen”. This is absolutely true because you can exercise all you want, but if you are not eating healthy, it will be difficult to lose belly fat and improve your metabolism. Start by making small changes to your diet then come up with a plan that is easy to stick to. Be consistent and you will start to see results.

In conclusion, a slow metabolism should not hold you back if you are trying to lose belly fat. A consistent diet and exercise plan is all you need to start your weight loss today and get that flat stomach that you dream of.

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor

Breakfast May Not Help Weight Loss

For years I thought that breakfast was a key to weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, a new study says that is not the case.

Breakfast Weight Loss
Eating breakfast may not help you lose weight. Photo by Bob Evans

The study found that eating breakfast does not help you eat less during the day and if you do end up eating breakfast, you actually will eat more calories.

“We should not change diets to include breakfast eating in order to lose weight. Do what works best for you,” said review senior author Flavia Cicuttini. She is head of the musculoskeletal unit at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

It was noted on this health article at ANIPOTS that everyone has a unique metabolism, so our bodies respond differently when it comes to eating different foods. It is best to experiment and find out what works for your body. I am usually not hungry in the morning when I get up but I get an appetite hours later. Even if I do eat something in the morning, it does not help me lose weight because I still eat a lot during the day.

Will Breakfast Make You Eat More?

For the study, researchers looked at 13 random trials that happened over the past 30 years. Most of the studies were from the United States and the United Kingdom. The participants who ate breakfast consumed at least 260 more calories a day and the ones who skipped breakfast were about one pound lighter.

Is Breakfast Beneficial for Weight Loss

Even though the authors mentioned that there were some inconsistencies and varying quality in the studies included in the review, they said it seems that eating breakfast is not a beneficial strategy for weight loss.

To say the least, I believe that if you like to eat breakfast in the morning, that is cool. There is no evidence that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight faster and prevent weight gain. Find out what diet works best for you and if you just have to eat breakfast, you can do so and still lose weight.

SOURCES: Flavia Cicuttini, Ph.D., head, musculoskeletal unit, department of epidemiology and preventive medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Tim Spector, Ph.D., professor,  genetic epidemiology, King’s College London; Dana White, M.D., R.D., clinical associate professor,  athletic training and sports medicine, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.; Jan. 30, 2019,BMJ, online

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor