Let’s be honest: Weight loss can be a real pain in the you-know-what—especially when it comes to shrinking your belly size. And with so much online noise arguing over which diet is optimal (keto, low-fat, high-carb, low-carb, vegan, carnivore *exasperated sigh*) and which type of workouts are best for melting belly fat, it’s understandable why many people throw their hands up in defeat and continue with their same old eating and exercise habits. Fortunately, we here at ETNT empathize with your weight loss woes and have the ultimate regimen that’ll help you lose your large belly.
To help you filter through the online confusion, we asked Kate Meier, CPT, a certified personal trainer with Garage Gym Reviews, to give us the rundown of her top-recommended diet and exercise plan to help you say goodbye to belly fat for good. Regardless of your current diet or fitness level, following this protocol is a surefire way to torch calories and help get you on track to a tighter tummy (and even help you develop those highly sought-after six-pack abs).
If you want to see your belly fat vanish into thin air, read on for Meier’s top-notch diet and exercise tips to improve your health and take your fitness to the next level. And when you’re finished, check out how to Melt Lower Belly Fat With These Bodyweight Exercises.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, everyone can follow certain diet principles. Most notable is calorie intake, which will determine whether you gain or lose weight depending on your fitness goals. For example, you may need to eat a caloric surplus of 500 calories per day if your goal is to build muscle and gain weight. Conversely, a caloric deficit of 500 calories daily can help you lose weight. The key is to eat plenty of whole foods that provide a healthy macronutrient balance (carbs, fats, proteins) while meeting your caloric requirements and adhering to a regular exercise routine.
“The easiest way to calculate the number of calories you need to reach your goals is through an online calculator,” says Meier. “This will do the math and give you an idea of what to aim for…