Eating a very low amount of calories will put your body in “starvation mode”
Of all the ways to lose belly fat with diet, this is one of the worst. If you take in a very low amount of calories, your body will respond by slowing down its metabolism. Think about it. If your body is used to taking in 3,000 calories a day and then all of a sudden it is reduced to 500, it is quite a shock. Mentally, your train of thought it that you are dieting to lose fat. Your body on the other hand doesn’t know this. For all your body knows, you could be stranded on a desert island somewhere and are close to starving.
Your body’s job is to keep you alive. When you are reducing your calories so much, it will have to slow down its metabolism to preserve as much energy as possible. You might lose fat doing this at first, but when you get bored with the low calorie diet a lot of the weight will come back on very fast.
So, extreme low calorie diets are not one of the best ways to lose belly fat. Instead, try going for 4-6 smaller meals a day spaced 2-3 hours apart. This way you are always eating but are not having huge meals. Also, avoid bad carbs such as white bread, sugar, soft drinks, etc.
Doing lots of crunches won’t help you lose belly fat
There are lots of ways to lose belly fat, and this is one of the most common mistakes. The thought is that by working the abs, you will subsequently lose the fat that covers them. This is a myth called “spot reduction”. Spot reduction is not possible for a few reasons. The main reason is that when you gain fat, it goes on in places all over your body. This is physiologically natural. In turn, losing fat happens the same way. You will lose fat all over your body, not just in one targeted area.
Another reason that doing lots of crunches won’t help is because it will not help to raise your metabolism. There are lots of ways to lose belly fat that relate back to raising metabolism, but lots of crunches isn’t one of them. Doing crunches will help to strengthen your core, but will not build enough muscle mass to raise your metabolism.
Try doing total body strength training routines that are in a circuit training structure. This way you will work lots of muscle, add muscle mass, burn lots of calories, and get your metabolism revved up to get that slim sexy waistline!