From all of the questions that I’m asked on a daily basis, the most obvious one is also the most common: How can I lose belly fat quickly. This is how I discovered that people know a few things about losing belly fat that are simply not true. If you believe in one of these myths, I will help you get your facts right.
1. Myth number one: Certain foods can help you burn belly fat. Some say that if you eat things like dark chocolate, blueberries or avocados you will somehow lose belly fat without working out. Don’t even try it, because it’s not true. It’s not what you eat, it’s how much. According to Eat Stop Eat author Brad Pilon you will lose weight “as long as you ate less calories that day than you burned off.”
And furthermore, “if someone tells you otherwise they just haven’t done their research”, says Pilon. The fact of the matter is this: if you eat more calories than you can burn, you will never lose weight, but if you manage to do it the other way round you will be on the right track.
2. The second myth is: eating 6 small meals a day will help you lose body fat. According to the British Journal of Nutrition “There were no significant differences between the low- and high-meal frequency groups for adiposity indices, appetite measurements or gut peptides (peptide YY and ghrelin) either before or after the intervention.
We conclude that increasing meal frequency does not promote greater body weight loss under the conditions described in the present study”.
3. The third myth goes like this: if you want to lose belly fat don’t do steady-state cardio. Many people believe this because some authors stated that this form of cardio will not help you lose belly fat, but thanks to a group of Canadian researchers this myth was busted.
4. Myth number 4: You will burn belly fat by doing crunches and sit-ups. I know of this myth, because many people tell me that they are doing these exercises, but they can’t lose belly fat. They are very surprised when I tell them that they have been sweating for nothing.
By doing crunches and sit-ups you will put your muscles to work and since they are under the belly fat it’s no wonder that you can’t see any changes. You simply can’t burn enough fat just by exercising, you need to reduce you calorie intake as well.