For plenty of women, a significant amount of fat can get stored on the midsection…particularly the lower belly. It can seem that the weight loss is taking place everywhere else on the body, except for this one area.
That’s not the case, it’s just that the visual change can be so subtle early on, that we don’t really notice the difference. But when you have this extra gut, it is a fair question to wonder, how long it will take to get rid of?
How Long Does it Take to Get Rid of Lower Belly Fat?
So, the question is about the actual fat stored on the midsection, particularly on the lower part. However, with the belly, there can also be significant bloat or water weight that is effecting how it looks visually.
Because of this, the belly can look very different within a few days, do to these changes in diet and water. For instance, when I used carbohydrate cycling, to lose fat; my stomach became much flatter after two days of lower carb intake.
Now, was this from losing fat? A little bit, but most of it was from the change in the diet. I’d wake up without that distended belly look.
The visual can look quite different, in a short period of time. However, the fat will take longer to get rid of. For example, if you want to see the abdominal muscles, the fat loss will need to be significant.
How long it is going to take to drop the midsection flab, will depend on how much needs to be lost. Also, you cannot just lose belly fat, it will be reduced gradually along with the other fat stored on the body.
There is no spot reduction.
A healthy pace of weight loss, is around 1-3 lbs per week. Initially, it can be greater, but that’s what’ll be in most of the non-extreme fat loss scenarios. So, for a 20 lb weight loss, 6-8 weeks wouldn’t be unheard of.
If that sounds like a long time, it really isn’t. Things start to add up pretty quick, with a bit of patience, and consistency.
Also, keep in mind that’s what it’d probably take to complete the entire process of removing the fat layer. BUT, you’d of course see improvements throughout. A month of solid consistency, can be quite dramatic in how this area appear visually, and how much flab has been burned off.
Where to Start?
The absolutely most important aspect of losing fat, is what one is eating and how much. Workouts aren’t going to do much for fat loss, if one is consuming too many calories.
The first step has to be to determine how many calories your body needs each day to maintain its current weight. We then take that number, reduce it to hit that 1-3 lbs per week pace, and stick with it until the final results are achieved.
Yep, the basics of it are that simple. It is amazing how complicated folks make this process. They fail to make small changes and turn them into long-term habits, to keep up the leaner physique that they’ve achieved.
To determine you caloric needs, either use an online calculator, or an app on your phone. Once you have the numbers that you need, record your meals in the apps, in order to track your calories.
I know, tracking calories can be annoying. However, the apps will save the foods that you input, so it’ll only take a click or two after the first time you record it.
Plus, this one step, when done properly doesn’t allow you to cheat and holds you accountable. It’s a reminder, multiple times per day, of what your goal is (losing that lower belly) and what it’s going to take to get there. If the numbers don’t add up, that fat isn’t going anywhere. It’s basic math.
An Easy to Follow Workout Program
Intensity is one way to burn the fat fast while not having to spend much time in the gym. One could do 15-20 minutes of higher intensity cardio and not get bored.
As you get closer to bikini season, adding extra days into the cardio workouts can be a must for the final weight loss. The lower belly fat pooch takes time to put on and so it’ll take plenty of time to burn off, also.
I have always like to up the cardio to 4-5 days per week.
It’s usually a slow build, until the final few weeks have high intensity workouts 4-5 days per week. These workouts will generally be in the 30-45 minute range.
At the start of the fat loss journey, it can be slower walking or walking on an incline workouts, before sprinkling in the intensity. Then, later, the intensity is added for more days.
If you need a full program laid out for you, I have had great success with Visual Impact Cardio. Anytime that I need to lean out, I come back for another cycle.
VI Cardio is a program designed by fitness trainer, Rusty Moore. It is an ebook that gets emailed directly to you, so you can get started right away.
There are three levels from Beginner to Advanced and they all work great. The upper levels are super intense, but the beginner program, will still shred the fat and get rid of the pooch.
It’s available to buy and try for 60 days with a money back guarantee. You don’t ‘need’ it to get lean, but it’s an amazing tool to have, and is an easy to follow step by step guide…so check it out if you’re interested.