Other Factors to Consider When Trying to Lose Belly Fat
Although diet and exercise can help you lose body fat, there are other variables that may interfere with your ability to lose fat. Your sleep patterns, eating schedule, hormones, and stress levels all contribute to how you function and how your body stores and utilizes fat, Heather Milton, MS, RCEP, CSCS, an exercise physiologist clinical specialist at the NYU Langone Sports Performance Center told POPSUGAR in a previous interview.
It's important to note that you may not see results in a few days or a few weeks, but that doesn't mean that you should get frustrated or give up. "Even if you are not immediately seeing weight loss, your body is still undergoing these amazing changes and adapting to these new exercise habits," Dr. Ross said. "Exercise can be so beneficial for so many things even if you're not seeing an immediate drop in your body weight," she added.
Remember, these are general recommendations and if you're looking for something more individualized, "I would encourage someone to seek help from either someone that has expertise in the exercise area — whether that's a personal trainer or an exercise physiologist — [or] seek help from a registered dietitian if they need more specific nutrition counseling to reach their specific goal," Dr. Ross said.