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Quick ramble on fat loss - Tereza Toledo - 01-14-2017 04:06 PM
I posted this message on Facebook and thought it would be something to share here as well:
Yesterday I was talking to a friend about fat loss and we got to one of the goals that sometimes seem impossible to reach: lose.the.belly.
Besides the fact that we want to lose fat all over, the part that most of us tend to obsess is the belly. It's were many of us store fat (that could be useful if we were stranded in an island). It's also were our hormones and stress make sure to bother us most.
Usually the belly fat is the last one to go. At least it feels that way. Actually, it even feels like it gets bigger before getting smaller. We see our upper body leaning out, the legs leaning and the mid section seems to be going nowhere, at least for a while.
A lot of it is fat tissue, so focusing on muscle building all over will speed up our metabolism and increase the calorie burn (even when we are sleeping or resting), which will make us burn the stored fat and eventually get to the belly fat.
Building bigger and thicker muscles in the arms, butt, legs, back will help get the belly going. Plus the dense muscle tissue will make you look tighter and smoother. Think of making your bed without straightening the first layer of covers. The top won't look smooth. Once you straighten the bottom, the top looks like a hotel bed. So improving our core muscles will make the belly look flatter in the end.
Just dropping weight without increasing muscle may make the belly look smaller temporarily, but not for long. Like when we get a stomach bug for a few days. We look so slim and belly free until we get better and eat normally again.
Patience and consistency in following our plan is what will help us get there, maybe a little too slowly, but definitely surely and for life.
Then there's the lose skin subject too. Lose slow = less lose skin, but loose weight too fast, the skin will not have time to adjust and will end up just hanging there.
But it can be done! Staying consistent with our strength training, keeping our macros on check,drinking plenty of water,keeping up with protein, fiber and being careful not to drop the calories too low (TDEE minus 15% at most) is what will make our bodies burn the fat!
RE: Quick ramble on fat loss - Frosty - 01-15-2017 04:50 PM
That's very interesting! Thanks for sharing!
RE: Quick ramble on fat loss - KatiAuchinleck - 02-24-2017 06:04 PM
Thanks for the motivation to hit the weights tonight!!!
RE: Quick ramble on fat loss - Tereza Toledo - 02-25-2017 10:49 AM
Just hit them, it is definitely worth it, Kati!