Gut feeling that just won’t go away? Not in your head. Your belly! If you hit the gym religiously and still have a belly, something’s gone wrong in your training and diet. Here are five of the biggest factors that could be limiting your gut loss progress.
Gut feeling #1: You’re overfuelling
You don’t need to sip sports drinks all arvo, then eat an energy bar at the gym and then follow that with a post-workout shake to keep your body fuelled for training. Limit yourself to 300 calories of pre- or post-workout eats. That’s the same number you burn in an average 30-minute workout.
Gut feeling #2: You always do the same workout
If you’re not switching your routine every 3-4 weeks, your body will get used to what you’re doing, and the workout that was once effective will start burning fewer calories. Make sure your workout is constantly evolving — try to change one variable, such as the intensity or duration, each session.
Gut feeling #3: You’re distracted
If you can watch TV during your workout, you’re not working hard enough. Remember why you’re in the gym in the first place and make sure your training remains your priority.
Gut feeling #4: Poor form
Holding onto the bars on the treadmill? Stop it — you take weight off your legs, relieving muscles in your core and burning fewer calories. If you’re not using the incline, you’re reducing the activity of your glutes and hamstrings. For effective cardio, keep the incline set to at least six percent.
Gut feeling #5: Beer
The don’t call it a beer gut for nothing. Beer and alcohol can contribute an enormous amount of calories to your daily intake. Four mid-strength beers after work will add another 300-500 calories to your daily intake. If you want to lose your beer gut, lose the beer.