9 Unknown Myths About Losing Stubborn Belly Fat
I’m sure you all have heard by now all of these workouts like ‘6 Pack Abs’ or even told about certain foods or supplements that claim to melt away your belly fat. We all look for the easiest way to lose weight or body fat, and especially ways we can get those rock hard abs. We are teased and taunted with those easy ab workouts, supplement pills that melt your fat away, and even certain foods that help accelerate fat loss. Although we do all wish there was a quick and easy way to rid our belly fat, I’m sorry to say that’s just not the way things work. If losing stubborn belly fat was that easy, we’d all be super models or living in bikinis! What a life, huh? That’d be the dream!
Well I’m here to help debunk 8 myths about losing your belly fat, and tell you the truths about it all. It may not be exactly what you want to hear, however it can help you realize maybe you were doing something that wasn’t really beneficial for you at all, and help you change your strategies to actually reach your fat loss goals in the long run!
Alright, lets start with the most comment one:
Myth #1: Ab workouts/ab devices give you 6 pack abs
While it is a good idea to train your abs (a strong core is great for your body/health), if you are solely just doing hundreds of crunches or ab rollers and not changing anything else with your workout or diet, there is no way you will see fat loss or any abs of that matter. In order for any fat loss to happen, you’ll have to do a variety of things, not just work your abs. To even see a slight change in your belly, you’ll need to be eating a healthy, well balanced diet while also incorporating strength training and cardio to help aid you in gaining more muscle, burning more calories, and also fat loss. Only then if you incorporate all three of these things, will you see a difference.
Myth #2: You can spot reduce belly fat
This kind of goes hand in hand with the first myth. There is absolutely no way we can just work out our abs and achieve a 6 pack. When we gain weight, we have no control over where we gain it. This has to do with our genes and genetics. Well the same goes for fat loss. I’m sorry, but we can’t just pick an area that we want to lose fat in, train that area, and ta-da, fat loss happens! Our bodies will not work that way. In order for any fat loss to happen, you need to make sure you incorporate a healthy, well balanced diet along with exercise. Eating the right foods and exercising enough as to where you burn more calories than you consume will help aid you in fat loss. While training your abs may help you gain some muscle in your abdomen, if you aren’t eating right, it will just be building muscle underneath your belly fat, thus making you look even bigger! Now, you can still train abs if you have belly fat, but you cannot rely solely on crunches to give you that 6 pack. You need to make sure you are including the other factors that result in fat loss in order for your abs to eventually show through.
Myth #3: You can eat what you want and still lose belly fat if you exercise
While exercise is truly beneficial and extremely important to fat loss, that is not the sole answer to your issue. There is no way you can lose body fat if you do not incorporate healthier changes to your diet on top of exercise. Have you ever heard the term, “You can’t outwork a bad diet“? I even wrote an article on it! (Click HERE to read more about it) Well it’s true! You could exercise for hours on end every single day, but if you don’t make any changes to your diet, your belly fat will not budge! You need to incorporate both exercise and a healthy diet in order to see any fat loss and get any type of positive results. If you continue to eat poorly, but still exercise, you are going to halt seeing any results because you are consuming more calories or the wrong types of foods than you are able to burn off.
Myth #4: Cutting carbs will help with losing belly fat
Although cutting carbs can sometimes help you lose weight, it won’t necessarily aid in losing your belly fat. It can help if you have reached a plateau and haven’t been able to get rid of those last 5-10 pounds, but the reality of it is again, you can’t just lose belly fat just from cutting carbs. You still need a healthy, well balanced diet in order for any sort of result to happen, and also help to make sure you perform better for your workout. Food is fuel for your body. The better fuel you consume, the better your body will perform. As long as you combine a healthy diet along with exercise, you will eventually see positive results with fat loss. However, remember that this all takes time, dedication, and consistency in order to see results! So don’t be too bummed if you don’t see any changes for the first few weeks, keep it up, stay consistent with it, and the results will come!
Myth #5: Certain foods will melt away belly fat
While certain people or magazines try to claim to eating certain foods such as cinnamon, lemon, turmeric, or peanut butter will melt away your belly fat, the truth is, unfortunately food cannot target belly fat either. However, eating a well balanced diet of leafy greens and wholesome vegetables, lean protein and complex carbs, can definitely help aid in fat loss and eventually help rid that extra tummy fat.
Myth #6: Green tea helps reduce belly fat
Green tea may help aid in fat loss along with healthy diet changes and exercise, but just drinking green tea alone will not help you take inches off your waist. Green tea is a great healthy choice and can be very beneficial for you to incorporate into your diet, however you cannot rely on just drinking tons of it to help you lose that stubborn belly fat.
Myth #7: Supplement pills will help melt belly fat away
Just taking supplement pills to help target belly fat is not the way to go. While there are certain supplements that claim to aid in fat loss, that’s not necessarily the case. Supplements such as ‘fat burners’ usually just contain caffeine or ingredients that give you energy to help you have energy to exercise or ingredients to boost your metabolism, but that doesn’t mean it will melt the fat off. Unless there has been scientific studies proven that the specific supplement is safe and effective, it’s probably too good to be true. There really is no supplement you can take that melts away your belly fat. While certain supplements may help aid in fat loss, it won’t really work unless it is combined with healthy diet changes and exercise.
Myth #8: Using body wraps will get rid of belly fat
A lot of people get confused on how body wraps work. While short term, yes, body wraps can help you lose weight & inches off your waist immediately after use, it does not help you lose body fat. How the wraps work is that they help you sweat resulting in losing fluid retention, which is the liquid stored between body tissue and cells. Ever heard of water weight? That’s what these wraps help with. It helps get rid of the water retention you have through sweating and dehydration, but this is not a permanent fix. As soon as you drink liquids and eat, you’ll gain back the fluid in as little as a couple hours to a few days. If you are looking for pure body fat loss, this is not the solution for you. This is a temporary result and although it may have other health benefits from using the wraps, it will not help you lose that stubborn belly fat.
Myth #9: Sweating it out in the sauna will help with weight loss
While spending some time sweating it out in the sauna may help you lose weight, it will not help you lose fat. Many people get mistaken. Similar to the above myth with the wraps, sweating in the sauna will help you lose some of the water retention you may have. So if you are feeling bloated, it’s a great way to get rid of toxins and help rid some of that water weight, however it will not help you lose any body fat. It is purely a temporary fix and you will be disappointed if you go in to get your sweat on, see a couple pounds shed off on the scale, then the next morning be right where you left off at. Throughout consuming liquids and foods throughout the day, you will gain back the weight, as our bodies store liquid throughout for protection and to help our body function properly.
Summary of belly fat myths:
I may have sounded like a broken record at times, but the truth is the truth. The only pure way to lose that stubborn belly fat is with making healthy dietary changes, and adding adequate exercise by incorporating weight training with cardio. Eating the right amount of good, nourishing food and exercising is really the only healthy way that will help you lose fat. I’m sorry to say it, but there absolutely is no quick fix or fat loss remedy that will help you lose fat. You have to work hard, be consistent, and give it time to see real results. It may be hard, but if you push through all the obstacles and don’t give up, I promise it will all be worth it, and your body will thank you for it.
- There is no quick fix to fat loss
- You cannot spot target where you lose body fat
- You cannot lose fat without both a healthy diet and adequate exercise
- Losing weight is not the same thing as losing body fat
- Always go the healthy route and don’t just rely on supplements or temporary quick fix solutions – you will end up disappointed
- Be dedicated, work hard, stay consistent, and give it time, and you will be sure to succeed!
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