Losing stomach fat and excess weight in general is hard, but dropping belly fat in particular can feel insurmountable, especially if you are in a hurry to get a more trim on your midsection. Cue you, Googling, “how to lose belly fat in two weeks” to try to find answers.
While you should never feel pressured to lose weight, it’s a worthy goal to lose belly fat because it’s “unfortunately the most dangerous location to store fat,” says Lawrence Cheskin, M.D., chair of the department of nutrition and food studies at George Mason University and associate professor of health, behavior & society at Johns Hopkins University.
Because belly fat—also known as visceral fat, or the deep abdominal fat that surrounds your organs—is more temporary, it circulates throughout the bloodstream more regularly and is therefore likelier to raise the amount of fat in your blood, increasing your blood sugar levels and putting you at a greater risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Okay, so you get the point now: stomach fat is bad. But how do you lose it? You have to think beyond crunches and planks and adopt a well-rounded approach. “It’s got to be more losing fat as a whole,” agrees Chris Gagliardi, a certified personal trainer at the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Without further ado, here are the best ways to lose belly fat once and for all.
Why does fat usually form in the Stomach?
Weight gain as a whole is a little complicated but “belly fat typically forms from consuming too many calories, which causes weight gain,” says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. That being said, you really can’t control where fat accumulates in your body. “We have practically no control on where that weight goes,” Gans says. “It usually ends up on our belly or hips and thighs based on one’s genetics, sex, and/or age.”