How can I lose stomach fat but gain muscle everywhere else?

Fat that’s located predominantly around the belly is called visceral fat. It actually negatively effects your health by increasing inflammation in the organs, partly because it releases substances called adipokines, that increase blood pressure and stuff up your insulin health. This fat also decreases the amount of adiponectin in the body, which is an essential hormone for fat burning and helps speed up the metabolism. If you are a man, visceral fat leads to lower levels of testosterone, which leads to less muscle mass. You may be training, but your results are not showing this, due to your imbalance of testosterone levels. This is why a lot of people with belly fat struggle to lose that fat and gain muscle mass. It’s about balancing your hormone levels through proper nutrition and exercise. It’s not all doom and gloom here, as there are quite a few solutions at hand, but they do require patience and constant implementation.

5 ways to building muscle and eliminating body fat.

  1. Eat more protein in your diet. Protein is the critical macronutrient for fat burning, muscle building and keeping you full for long periods of time. That means you will be less inclined to snack and eat less over time because you won’t be hungry! Isn’t that great news all around? Soon enough, you will begin to build muscle mass and lose belly fat.
  2. Try intermittent fasting to lower insulin levels. I love intermittent fasting, and so do many other people. Talk about instant results, especially around the belly! Also, expect to increase human growth hormone immensely, increasing your fat burning and muscle building capabilities even more. This strategy is great for those willing to stick at it long term, for health and body composition results.
  3. Train with weights – and lift heavy.
  4. Lifting weights is essential, not only for building muscle mass, but also for fat burning. It’s another strategy used to re-shape your body, tone and sculpt it with heavy and consistent lifting. As you know, building muscle is to your advantage from a metabolic and hormone point of view. Lifting weights makes you a lot more sensitive to insulin, therefore, allowing the fat burning to take place in your body. Make sure you train properly and do so 3–4 times per week. This is a subject I’ve elaborate on during many occasions, and you can read more on this in my blog posts.
  5. Eliminate all refined carbs and sugars from your diet.
  6. The easiest way to lose body fat, especially from the abdomen area, is to eliminate all refined carbohydrates and sugars from your diet. These foods include bread, sugar-filled cereals, cakes, biscuits and candy. If you do this one thing, you will see some major results in such a short time. Eat only the essential nutrients that boost muscle building and fat loss. This is protein, fats, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. No one said this had to last forever, but if you want to lose belly fat, you have to give your body the best nutrition possible and eliminate the causes that are stopping you from losing weight and burning that belly fat.
  7. Try HIIT for belly fat loss.
  8. HIIT is known for reducing more belly fat than any other type of cardio exercise. It also improves your insulin sensitivity, which leads to further weight loss should you continue with this protocol. HIIT also increases post-exercise energy consumption. Fat burning increases to remove the build-up of lactate and hydrogen ions. It also elevates growth hormone, which further increases support in fat burning. You should only perform sprint intervals 2 times per week, allowing for 20 minutes maximum. Longer sessions do not mean faster results.
  9. Each and every one of these strategies I have used and experienced great results. It’s not only one thing that works, but several different ways in which you can achieve your goals. Some work best, whilst others may not be so good. But these strategies above, have worked for many, and when applied to a lifestyle plan, will allow you to experience great results well into old age.


  • Shankar , 08/03/2020

    Just started with intermittent fasting. Should I eat calorie deficit when not fasting to cut first or eat more and bulk to cut the belly fat?

    • admin , 25/03/2020

      Hello Shankar,

      I would not recommend cutting even more, especially if you want to build muscle. Allow fasting to help you reach your goal, and when not fasting, eat sensibly and within your range. There is no right or wrong, but you can control calorie consumption a lot easier if you fast on a daily basis, but alter the times. That means, you give your body a chance to re fuel. Does this make sense at all? You will most likely naturally eat less when not exercising.

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