Diet trends come and go, but the age-old question still stands: how do you lose belly fat — and fast? Well, hate to break it to you, but there isn’t a quick, safe solution to tightening up stubborn areas. However, it is possible to begin seeing small changes in your waist in as little as two weeks with the right workout and diet regimen, according to personal trainer and registered dietitian Jim White, RD, ACSM. You won’t necessarily lose inches, but with a little more patience, you may be able to accelerate your timeline by doing the following.
- Maintain a calorie deficit: A calorie deficit basically means burning more calories than you consume. But if we really want to get down to the nitty-gritty, Jim said you’d have to eat at a 500-calorie deficit each day to lose a pound per week. But it’s essential that you eat a minimum of 1,200 calories daily. Anything lower than that can impair proper physical and mental function.
Excerpted from Pop Sugar