"How can I cut down on belly fat?"

5 nutrition & exercise tips on 

“how to cut down on belly fat”

Are you not so keen on the next summer season to kick in? Or… Would you really like to wear this really tight outfit that’s sitting in your cupboard?

The only thing that is holding you back is the wobble on your tummy! You’ve tried all sorts of exercise but it’s just not coming off…            What can you do?

5 nutrition tips to follow when trying to cut down on belly fat:

  • Don’t eat your carbs first thing in the morning or before training but emphasise eating them after training or for dinner
  • Try to stay away from foods that are high in carbs and fats at the same time. This includes all junk food as well. Chicken and rice is a better choice opposed to Pork belly and rice. 
  • Increase the amount of veggies and especially green veggies you are eating. Aim to have a serving of veggies with all your meals. Aim for 3-4 meals/ day and make sure you are eating protein with all these meals too.
  • Look after your digestion. Start your day with a glass of water with lemon or lime or a green juice. 
  • Cut down on alcohol! Alcohol increases belly fat and if you keep drinking heaps of alcohol you will find it very hard to cut down on tummy fat. 2 standard drinks/ week max is the way to go.


5 exercise tips to follow when trying to cut down on belly fat:


  • Do more compound lifts such as deadlifts and squats. Aim to lift heavy once you perform the exercises with good technique and lift for a minimum of 3 times/ week
  • Stop doing “classes” and heaps of cardio. Short, high intensity cardio is the only cardio choice to go for when trying to cut down on belly fat
  • Aim to lose body fat all over rather than focusing too much on your belly. If this is the area where your stubborn fat is; you are going to drop body fat everywhere else first before your stomach fat disappears. It’s a sad fact about stubborn fat but this is why you need to focus on overall fat loss. Eventually it will come off your tummy too.
  • Doing sit-ups or other ab exercise will not help to cut down on belly fat so stop doing them. Do core exercises that actually benefit your core such as planks, hollow holds or knee raises rather than waisting your gym time on sit-ups when they don’t even help you to achieve your desired result.
  • Incorporate exercise routines into your week that help your body de-stress such as yoga, long walks or other practices that you personally find help you to relax and unwind. High stress hormone makes it hard to lose tummy fat.

Dave Tabain
Dave Tabain