Lose Belly Fat Fast: When diet matters more than workouts and when to focus on workout intensity.
We all want to lose belly fat fast, but working hard on both the fat burning workouts and the lose belly fat diet can get overwhelming, especially if you're a beginner.
The good news is you can start getting fatloss results fast by focus on each separetely.
Below fatloss expert Tom Venuto, author of Burn The Fat shows you when your belly fat diet is more important than your workouts and when exercise to lose belly fat is more important than your diet.
"The first thing I would say is that you cannot separate nutrition and training. The two work together synergistically.
Whether you want to lose belly fat fast, get lean sexy muscles, or achieve athletic level endurance, you will get less than optimal or even non-existent results without paying attention to both.
In fact, I like to look at gaining muscle or losing fat in three parts - weight training, cardio training and nutrition - with each part like a leg of a three legged stool, pull ANY one of the legs off the stool, and guess what happens?
In reality, it's impossible to put a specific percentage on which is more important - how could we possibly know such a number to the digit?
Nutrition and training are both important, but at certain stages of your training progress, placing more attention on one over the other can create larger improvements.
Let me explain: If you're a beginner and you don't posses the basic nutrition knowledge to lose belly fat fast, then mastering nutrition is far more important than any exercise to lose belly fat and should become your number one priority. I say this because improving a poor diet can create rapid, quantum leaps in fat loss and lean muscle. For example:
1. If you've been skipping meals and only eating 2 times per day, jumping your meal frequency up to 5 or 6 smaller meals a day will transform your physique very rapidly.
2. If you're still eating lots of processed fats and refined sugars, cutting them out and replacing them with good fats like the omega threes found in fish and unrefined foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains will make an enormous and noticeable difference in your physique very quickly.
3. If your diet is low in protein, simply adding a complete protein food like chicken breast, fish or egg whites at each meal will muscle you up fast.
In beginners (or in advanced trainees who are still eating poorly), these changes in diet are more likely to result in great improvements than a change in training.
The muscular and nervous systems of a beginner are unaccustomed to exercise. Therefore, just about any workout program can cause muscle growth and strength development to occur because it's all a "shock" to the untrained body.
You can almost always find ways to tweak any diet to lose belly fat fast, but once you’ve mastered all the nutritional basics, then further improvements in your diet don't have as great of an impact as those initial important changes...
Eating more than six meals will have minimal effect. Eating more protein ad infinitum won't help you lose belly fat fast. Once you're eating low fat or low carb or low anything won't help more - it will probably hurt.
If you're eating a wide variety of foods and taking a good multi vitamin/mineral, then more supplements probably won't help much either. If you're already eating natural complex carbs and lean proteins every three hours, there's not too much more you can do other than continue to be consistent day after day...
At this point, as an intermediate or advanced trainee who has the nutrition in place, workouts become much more important. Your training must become downright scientific.
In fact, the more advanced you become, the more crucial training progression and variation becomes because the well-trained body adapts so quickly.
1. Power lifter Dave Tate, an advanced lifter may adapt to a routine within 1-2 weeks. That's why elite lifters rotate exercises constantly and use as many as 300 different variations on exercises.
2. Ian King one of the greatest strength coaches around says that unless you're a beginner, you'll adapt to any training routine within 3-4 weeks.
3. Coach Charles Poliquin says that you'll adapt within 5-6 workouts.
So, to answer the question, while your lose belly fat fast nutrition is ALWAYS critically important, it's more important to emphasize for the beginner (or the person whose diet is still a "mess"), while training is more important for the advanced person...
Once you've mastered nutrition, then it's all about keeping that nutrition consistent and progressively increasing the efficiency and intensity of your workouts, and mastering the art of planned workout variation, which is also known as periodization."
For more detailed info on how to do this be sure to get a copy of Tom Venuto's ebook Burn The Fat.