lose belly flab

Many people don’t understand that “losing weight” isn’t necessarily healthy. Instead, losing belly flab while maintaining muscle mass is the ideal way to look and feel better. This is done by burning fat, not the commonly used terminology, “losing weight”. For too long, losing weight and losing fat have been used in the same circles of conversation, but one couldn’t be more different than the other.

It is easy to lose mass. This includes muscle, bone, and body fat. You can easily stop working out and eating healthy and lose muscle mass as well as bone mass, and still have the same amount of stubborn fat or belly flab that most people have a hard time getting rid of.

So how does diet play into losing fat? Well, it all depends on how you metabolize your food. But for example, if you were on a 1500 calorie a day diet where most of those calories were made up of protein, with a sprinkling of carbohydrates and fats, you would be able to reach your weight loss goals, while still maintaining muscle mass, bone mass, and your healthy fat intake.

Realistic Ratios: How Eating Healthy to Lose Weight Has More to Do With Choices Than the Scale

It may seem complicated, but it is really just doing simple math and making the right food choices for fat loss. Calories alone will not make or break your quest to bust belly flab. Instead, while making sure that you are consuming a lesser amount of calories than time past, you must eat foods that are best suited for your metabolism. Considering the source of those calories, whether they are protein, carbohydrate or fat, is the first and foremost important way to distinguish between poor and correct food choices.

The trick is to understand your body and the way it metabolizes food. Run a litmus test. When you eat carbs (starchy veggies, and sprouted grain breads, not pastries and sugar cereal) do you feel flabbier and sluggish or do you feel energized? When you eat protein (not Big Macs, but lean free range poultry and grass fed meat) do you feel leaner and more energetic, or do you feel constipated or “heavy”?

Determine Your Metabolic Type to Unlock the Secret of the Diet Solution

You can also watch the scale and your pant sizes to determine your metabolic type. Most of us already have an inkling of which foods can cause weight gain and which ones don’t. And while you may not want to part with your favorite foods, it is imperative to the balance of your body in order to lose that unwanted fat instead of simply phantom weight, which is most likely muscle mass or bone.

We all need fat in our body. It is used for keeping us warm, allowing us to have shiny hair and nails, and it allows our brain to function correctly as well as aids in digestion, but fat cells that are overly-plump because of poor diet choices are unnecessary and need to be shed. Keeping your hormones in balance and your body from adding more fat stores than it needs is the key to fat loss.

So begin keeping a food journal and track everything you eat. Take notice of how much your diet is made up of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Once you can begin to see where your diet may be out of balance, or where you metabolic type isn’t being utilized to the best of its ability, begin tweaking those diet choices to reveal a less flabby and fabulous you!