Finally, you get to learn the truth about losing lower ab fat. Here is the deal.
For most people, losing belly fat is one of the hardest things to do in their fitness journey. Stubborn lower belly fat is, unfortunately, a reality to many.
Sean Nalewanyj is a fitness coach and author. He decided to tell the truth about losing lower ab fat based on his experience and the people he trains.
First and foremost, the truth about losing lower ab fat is that you will have to lose fat in your body overall to be able to see your abs. But seeing your abs is not exactly the same as losing lower ab fat. And to lose weight and body fat you need to be in a caloric deficit.
Is It Even Worth It?
Nalewanyj first questions if it is even worth it to work tirelessly to lose lower ab fat. “Have you really considered the true pros and cons of dropping your body fat down to a level where your midsection is fully leaned down with extremely little to no noticeable fat remaining at all?”
Achieving that flat belly isn’t necessarily something you should be concerned with, Nalewanyj says, although many fitness influencers will tell you otherwise because they want to sell you their training program or book or supplements.
It is extremely rare for regular people to lose lower belly fat and maintain it for a long period of time.
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It Gets Harder With Progress
The truth about losing lower ab fat is that it doesn’t happen linearly. The more fat you lose, the harder it is to lose more fat because your body needs to store fat to function.
Changing your body fat percentage from 30 per cent to 20 per cent should not be incredibly difficult as long as you have a proper diet and consistently train. However, going from 20 per cent of body fat down to 15% will be more challenging for a smaller amount of body fat loss. Going from 15% to 12% will be even harder, and so on.
If you manage to get to 10% body fat, which is a somewhat realistic number that people can achieve and sustain for a longer period, it could still not be enough to achieve a leaned down midsection like you are envisioning.
Bad Side Effects
“You’re going to be dealing with things like significantly increased hunger and food focus throughout the day since your calories are just going to be dropping lower and lower as you get leaner,” Nalewanyj explains. “You’ll have less energy, less strength in the gym. Cognitively you won’t be at your best in terms of mood and overall mental sharpness. Your sex drive will go down or potentially even be non-existent. Your sleep quality won’t be as good. You’ll probably feel neurotic about your appearance.”
According to Nalewanyj, these side effects could increase in intensity the leaner you get.
Check out more of his arguments in the video below.