Do you want to lose 1 inch of belly fat in 2 weeks?
Is it even possible?
A mere 14 days to lose 1 inch off your waistline?
Is this legit or another gimmick?
So many questions, so little time. Lose the flab because your belly fat is killing you.
How to lose 1 inch of belly fat in 2 weeks
Many articles have covered how to lose weight in 7 days, 5 days, and even 2 days. These short term weight loss claims are factual. However, most of these methods are not healthy nor safe.
Do you know how MMA fighters make the weigh-in then the next day they are walking around like they are 10 kilos heavier?
You can drop 1 kilo or even 2 kilos in a day or less similar to these fighters. Although, most of the weight you will sink is water weight.
Boxers, MMA fighters, hit the sauna, dehydrate themselves before weigh-ins to make the weight; this puts a strain on their wellbeing.
Losing water is dangerous; it causes dehydration and is a health risk. When you lose a significant amount of water, your body will not function properly. Some of the symptoms you might experience are lethargy, dry mouth, dizziness, and headaches.
If your only goal is to lose 1 inch of belly fat in 2 weeks, then your next step is to figure out what’s best.
The safest way to lose 1 inch of belly fat in 2 weeks
Now that we’ve established that you can lose 1 inch of belly fat in 2 weeks, here’s how to do it properly.
Look, I’m not going to tell you what to eat or what to drink. Nor am I going to tell you when to get up in the morning or when you should workout.
What I am going to tell you is the logic behind the strategy so you can devise your plan rather than using a cookie-cutter method, and it is simple.
You need to start counting calories, be on a calorie deficit, and make sure you exercise. Counting calories is a tedious task, but it’s an excellent way to lose fat.
I say tedious because you have to log every food you eat. Now, it may seem that it’s not so bad, but, when you do it long enough, it will be. Good thing you are only doing it for 2 weeks.
Start by downloading a good calorie counter app like Myfitnesspal or something similar. I’ve been using Myfitnesspal for almost a decade and Iove their free version.
The free version is enough to track your calories, and they have a massive library of food. So, you’ll never have to guess or calculate the calories in your diet, and the app does it for you.
The first thing the app asks is your weight and how much weight you’d like to lose.
You then input your details such as weight, age, and the app calculates how much calories you need to be on to lose your desired weight weekly.
Now, if you don’t want the app to find your base caloric needs, you need to google “calorie calculator.”
The calculator will work out your daily calorie needs to maintain weight.
Subtract 500 from your daily calories, and you will get your calorie deficit target to lose 0.5 kg in a week.
To lose 1 inch of fat, you need to lose about 1.85 kilos.
With a daily calorie deficit of 1000, you will lose weight. Coupled with an exercise regimen, you will fit into your skinny jeans in 2 weeks.
[source: Fat loss depends on energy deficit only, independently of the method for weight loss.]
And that is all you need to know. Don’t worry about other sites mentioning how you should eat certain types of food. Once you understand why you should implement your plan and strategy to lose an inch of belly fat.
A dangerous way to lose 1 inch of belly fat in 2 weeks
Now that you know how to lose 1 inch of belly fat in 2 weeks safely, here’s what you shouldn’t do — starve to death.
I know you can lose weight just by starving yourself to skinny. However, fasting can have a detrimental effect on your health.
You may experience the following when you are starving your body of vital nutrients:
- Nutritional deficiency
- It is hard!
Your body needs nutrients to function correctly. Nutritional deficiency is unlikely in the US or developed countries.
It is more likely that you are getting more nutrients. However, when you are starving yourself to death, the chance nutrients deficiency is high.
This can lead to brittle bones, fatigue, and anemia.
It is hard
Starving yourself is hard, and it seems like you are being punished, and for this reason, fasting is not sustainable for most people. You will quickly come to hate the word “fast.”
I think fasting or starving yourself is not necessary to lose weight quickly.
But, if you have masochistic tendencies, you might want to hear the following study.
In a study done by Endocrine Society, high-fat diet-fed, intermittent fasted mice had a higher percentage of lean mass compared to a low-fat diet, intermittently fasted mice.
However, those are mice. Further human studies should be pursued.
[source: Intermittent Fasting Promotes Fat Loss With Lean Mass Retention, Increased Hypothalamic Norepinephrine Content, and Increased Neuropeptide Y Gene Expression in Diet-Induced Obese Male Mice]
It is possible to lose 1 inch of belly fat in 2 weeks. There are ways you can achieve this result in a short amount of time.
One of them is starving yourself to death, which I tried and do not recommend.
After months of fasting, I dreaded the day whenever it came.
Fasting, to me, has become a day of punishment, sorrow, and horrid.
“Why am I doing this to myself?” was the question hanging on the back of my mind. Slumped on my bed with my stomach grinding at my intestines.
A reflection of what I have done and a sigh of relief always comes after a fast. And I always ask myself if there is a better way.
Luckily, there is a much easier approach to losing 1 inch of belly fat in a short amount of time.
That is, go on a calorie deficit. Many apps are built to help make calorie counting simple.
One of them is Myfitnesspal, and it is also free, so you shouldn’t have any reason not to use the app.
Myfitnesspal personally helped keep track of my calories in 2 easy steps.
- Look for your food in their massive library.
- Click Save.
The app will show you how many total calories you ate for the day.
When you use Myfitnesspal long enough, you will memorize how many calories a food contains.
Once you can roughly estimate the number of calories on your plate, you don’t have to keep counting calories.
However, if you want data and get results, keep track of the food you eat.