Forget doing hundreds of crunches to get that perfect summer tummy, the key to a flat stomach is in the kitchen.
If you’re struggling to get a flat belly, it’s most likely because you’ve created some very STUBBORN fat.
But it’s not your fault. And I’ll explain why and how to fix it!
Why Belly Fat Is Stubborn
To understand what makes belly fat so difficult to burn,let’s dive into the biology.
Burning fat is a two-part process:
1.) Lipolysis is the process whereby fat cells release molecules of stored fat into the blood.
2.) Oxidation is the process whereby cells burn this stored fat.
The body stimulates lipolysis through the production of adrenaline and noradrenaline (Catecholamines). Catecholamines enter your blood and travel to fat cells attaching themselves to certain points known as receptors.
Once catecholamines attach to receptors, they release the fatty acids stored within.
However, fat cells aren’t all the same and some do not respond well to catecholamines.
If you have done a diet for a certain time frame, you may have noticed this. Certain areas of your body like your chest and arms tone up, but other areas like your belly and hips seem to have not changed.
The reason for this is that fat cells contain two opposing types of receptors for catecholamines – Alpha and Beta receptors.
Alpha receptors impedes lipolysis and beta receptors stimulate it.
Therefore, fat cells with a high amount of beta receptors are easy to mobilize while fat cells with a high amount of alpha receptors make the fat burning process more difficult.
To summarize, the reason why belly fat is in fact so stubborn, is that the fat cells in this area of the body contain more alpha receptors than beta.
What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body forces itself to predominantly burn fat as energy.
It occurs when there is limited access to glucose (blood sugar), which is the preferred fuel source for many cells in the body.
During Ketosis, stored fats are broken down for energy, resulting in a buildup of acids called ketones within the body.
If you’re healthy and eating a balanced diet, your body controls how much fat it burns, and you don’t normally make or use ketones.
But when you cut way back on your calories or carbs, your body will switch to ketosis for energy.
Ketosis is most often associated with a ketogenic diet.
How To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat By Getting Into Ketosis
By limiting the maximum consumption of carbohydrates.
In absence of glucose, our body produces alternative chemical compounds called ketones to feed our brain and muscles, therefore, the name ketosis.
Although it does not work for everyone, going into ketosis decreases appetite, improves our body’s regulation systems, and normalizes weight.
To ‘turn on’ this metabolic route, you just have to decrease carbohydrate intake to an average of 60 grams per day and do intermittent fasting.
This strategy is very useful, but its use should be limited (you shouldn’t do a ketogenic diet for more than 30 days at a time).
Restricting carbohydrates for too long can lead the body to have decreased insulin sensitivity and can cause a slowing of metabolic rate.
10 Keto Tips For Losing Stubborn Belly Fat
1.) Hydrate yourself and drink plenty of water. Add broth (made from vegetables and bones) to accompany meals.
2.) Do not forget to workout while fasting
3.) Maximize fat burning effect during this stage with high intensity workouts on an empty stomach.
4.) When you do a HIIT workout, give it your all. We need to raise adrenaline and make your body mobilize the last energy deposits.
5.) Give yourself time to recover between workout sessions.
6.) Do not exceed 3 meals per day
7.) Increase the intake of fat and maintain good protein levels (1.2-2 grams /per kg body weight).
8.) This “stubborn” type of fat has poor blood supply. Stimulate it with cold showers or contrast baths (alternating warm and cold plunges).
9.) 7-9 hours of sleep each night is recommended. If you are sleeping poorly, you will elevate stress hormones.
10.) Limit carbohydrates to 10% of your total daily food calories.
How To Use The Ketogenic Diet To Eat Your Way To A Flat Stomach
As you can see a ketogenic diet can help kickstart your journey to a flat stomach.
The secret is simple: get rid of stubborn fat, get a flat stomach. To get a flat stomach, you need to UNstubborn your fat and you can do that with a simple ketogenic diet.
I recently released a 21-day rapid fat loss ketogenic diet plan that over 6,500 people have joined and are seeing amazing results.
Like Crystal who lost 19 pounds in 21 days.
Or Jennifer who dropped 16 pounds and 9 inches in 3 weeks.
And even Debra who dropped 6 pounds in the first week…just 7 days!
You can read their success stories and many more on the next page…