I’m a really skinny guy that can eat pretty much anything. I rarely eat fruits and vegetables and never seem to gain any weight. The problem is, I have a bit of a belly and really want to get rid of the fat. What should I do?
Being blessed with a fast metabolism is a great thing – but it’s not an excuse to live an unhealthy lifestyle. Even skinny guys are susceptible to diseases and ailments like heart disease, high blood pressure and the like. Skinny isn’t necessarily a synonym for healthy.
When it comes to reducing excess belly fat in skinny guys, there’s really no magic to it. It’s about eating smarter and moving more. To that end, here are a few helpful tips:
- Upgrade your diet. Cut out the crap. That means reducing or eliminating processed foods, added sugar, refined grains, butter, cream and fried foods. Opt for appropriate quantities of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats. By eating healthier foods, you’ll also supercharge your energy levels and dramatically improve the quality of your life.
- Get active. Being skinny doesn’t give you a free pass to skip the gym. Even skinny people should engage in regular cardio. I’d recommend short sessions of high intensity interval training. Beyond cardio, spend time strength training with machines or free weights. To really reshape your body, I’d recommend heavy weights, low repetitions and progressively overloading your resistance. A combination of cardio and strength training is a strategy for gut-busting success.
- Eliminate stress. Cotrisol is a stress hormone that, in part, causes people to retain fat around their bellies. Try yoga or even meditation. Spend some quiet time outside and take a walk. By reducing stress and cortisol, you’re less likely to retain stubborn fat around your body’s midsection.
Are you a skinny guy with belly fat? In the comments below, let me know what you’ve tried.