How To Eat To Lose Belly Fat (3 STAGES!)

Belly fat is really easy to gain but seems almost impossible to lose now you're probably aware that your diet is the key to losing fat from this area but you likely have no idea where to start let alone how to keep fallouts going for long enough to get rid of the most stubborn areas today I'll show you step by step in three stages how to eat to start losing fat and how to keep that going until you successfully lost all of 

 Your belly fat and for good before we dive into the three stages let me explain what these stages mean and why you need them in the first place so you're likely somewhere between a body fat of 15 and 25 or maybe even higher regardless of where you are right now you need to lose enough fat from other areas of your body before your body will start prioritizing burning off your belly fat for energy for most people this starts to really happen around 15 

 Body fat by the time you reach around 12 or 10 body fat your belly fat will be almost completely gone now while your diet is key to achieving this the diet you use to get you from let's say 25 to 15 most often won't be enough to take you down to the next level of 12 the same is true for going from 12 down to even 10 as you get leaner and leaner there's certain things you need to be aware of and certain changes you should make with your diet to prevent you from 

 Getting stuck and to prevent you from losing muscle let's start with stage one the first stage is designed to kick-start the fat loss process and keep it going until you get to about 15 body fat throughout this stage your hunger levels will be low your risk of muscle loss will also be low and physiologically it will be the easiest stage to get through the stage is actually quite simple there's only two factors you need to focus on calories 

 And protein let's first talk about calories you don't need to completely cut out carbs sugar or any of your favorite foods all you need to do is create what's known as an energy deficit to start forcing your body to burn body fat for energy you create this deficit by consuming less calories than your body Burns every day now to find the appropriate energy deficit for your body take your body weight in pounds and multiply that by anywhere from 11 to 13. 

 If you're a taller individual younger or more active go with the higher end if you're shorter individual older or less active go with the lower end the number you get will be a rough estimate of the amount of calories you should eat every day but to hit your goal calorie intake some foods are better than others what I recommend is focusing on what's known as low calorie density Foods these are foods that for the amount of space they take up in your stomach will only add a 

 Relatively low amount of calories to your daily total for example here's what 200 calories of Oreos look like and here's what 200 calories of cereal looks like for the same amount of calories you could fill your stomach with a mountain full of strawberries and carrots not only that but since low calorie density Foods tend to be unprocessed they also tend to require more calories to burn and digest the more processed foods now as for how much of a difference this can 

 Make for fat loss a recent 2019 paper took 20 adults and first ran them through a diet consisting of only high calorie density processed foods for two weeks afterwards they switch them to a diet of low calorie density unprocessed foods for two weeks in both conditions they were allowed to eat as much food as they wanted the result the processed foods diet led to almost 2 pounds of weight gain once they switch the unprocessed diet however their daily 

 Calorie intake dropped by over 500 calories and they ended up losing over two pounds at the end of the stage I'll provide a list of low calorie density food items for you to pick from but before that there is one more Factor you need to pay attention to although eating fewer calories in your body needs will help you lose weight you want as much of that weight loss to be from fat rather than muscle this is where protein comes in you need to start eating more of it 

 In fact in studies where subjects go on the same diet and lose the same amount of weight the ones who eat more protein end up losing more fat and less muscle as for how much protein you should aim for a good recommendation for relatively heavier males in the stage who are at a higher body fat is to eat one gram per centimeter over your height so if you're 175 centimeters tall you need to eat around 175 grams of protein per day with the recipe calories coming from carbs 

 And fats whereas if you're a relatively lighter individual or closer to 15 body fat then you want to multiply your body weight in pounds by 0.8 and at a minimum eat that many grams of protein per day now this might sound like a lot at first but as you'll see it's pretty easy to do if you choose the right protein sources so to apply this all take a look at these lists here's a list of some low calorie density unprocessed foods and here's a list with protein sources 

 Ordered from highest to lowest in terms of how much protein they contain relative to their calories use these lists to build your meals throughout the day and try to have one lean protein source and at least one serving of fruits and or veggies into each of your meals for example instead of a muffin for breakfast have some egg whites with blueberries and oatmeal you definitely still can have processed foods now and then but just be mindful of your serving 

 Sizes and enjoy them in moderation so Focus only on calories and protein every day and if you're consistent you'll be able to get your body fat all the way down to 15 but at this point is when you'll likely need to refine your approach to continue getting results before we dive into the next stage I'm curious what stage are you currently in right now and what's your goal body fat percentage let me know in the comments down below and also let me know if what 

 I'm about to say later on in this video changes your mind at all about your goal this is where stage two comes in which involves going from 15 down to 12 body fat by this point you'll be hungrier your fat loss will slow down and you'll be at a slightly greater risk of muscle loss as a result this is where most people get stuck there's two things that will help you overcome this first you need to get more precise with your approach from stage one as your body 

 Loses more and more fat your metabolism will decrease and you'll start burning fewer calories per day this is your body's way of protecting its remaining fat Source this means the energy deficit you use in stage one to get down to 15 body fat May no longer be enough to get you down to 12 body fat to overcome this if you haven't yet been doing so you should start tracking your daily calorie intake and doing so more carefully you might not think this is necessary but 

 Research has shown the average person will think they eat about 429 less calories per day on average than they actually do so even if just temporarily measure out your food to see how many calories you're actually consuming and ensure you're in an energy deficit second this stage is when you'll want to start addressing your carb and fat intake take a look at this list of carbs and fats although healthy fats are needed in your diet on a gram per gram 

 Basis fats contain more than twice as many calories as carbs do because of this an effective approach is to keep your protein intake high as is but lower your daily fat intake to the lower end of what's recommended for General Health this is about 20 to 25 percent of your daily calorie intake as a result you'll now have room to introduce more carbs into your diet these extra carbs can not only help you better manage your hunger levels but they'll also provide you with 

 The Boost and energy to support your daily activities and performance of the gym helping you burn more calories every day and better maintain your muscle mass make these two weeks and if you're consistent you'll be able to get down to around 12 body fat this is where stage three comes in this is the most difficult stage while consistency with what we mentioned earlier will be the key to progressing through the stage it's going to require more discipline 

 And sacrifice first off not only will you very likely have to be accurately tracking your calories every day you'll also want to ensure your daily meals are making the best use of The Limited calories you have at this point your hunger levels will be the highest they've been so most of your meals throughout the day will need to come from high volume foods that will help you stay full for less calories I do have a past video I made that shows the 

 Most effective high volume food swaps to make which I'll link at the end of this video but this also means that you'll need to be more disciplined when it comes to social events and dining out you don't have to eliminate it completely but you will have to make wise choices when you're out and make sure that you plan in advance for big meals out or for alcohol both of which can drastically increase your calorie intake without you even realizing it 

 Lastly ask yourself if the sacrifices are worth it in my opinion for most natural lifters a body fat of around 12 to 15 percent is the most sustainable physique it's practical to maintain you get the health benefits of being leaner and you'll still look great especially if you have a good amount of muscle on you and well developed Abs from training them while getting leaner than this yes it's going to provide a bit more definition than cuts it not only 

 Requires a lot more sacrifice but for many people that's when daily energy levels and strength will start to be negatively effective and unlike our built with science member Patrick over here who started off with a good amount of muscle you might actually not end up liking the way you look being really lean if you haven't yet built up much muscle so while you definitely can get to 10 body fat by pushing through with what you've learned at least consider 

 Hanging around at a higher level body fat first and be proud of how far you've come and realize that the extra push just may not be worth it especially if you can't maintain it overall guys the strategy when it comes to your nutrition is actually quite simple the hard part is staying consistent with it you have to be clear about what your goals are and then find what you personally enjoy and can stick to consistently in the long run and if 

 You're looking for step-by-step Guidance with setting up your nutrition plan and finding foods and meals that you actually look forward to eating every day just head on over to and take my analysis quiz to discover the best approach for you and your body I'd also highly suggest that you give this video a watch next for an exercise to help you speed up the fat loss process or give this video a watch next for some quick 

 And easy fat loss food swaps you can make into your diet right away thanks for watching don't forget to subscribe and see you next time.