Belly fat is a common issue for many people. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, the extra weight can creep up around your mid-section in what feels like no time at all.
After working desk jobs for over a decade, I know all too well about the weight creep, love handles, or what we also know as the “spare tire”.
Maybe you’re ready to make the commitment to reduce belly fat. Giving yourself 90 days to do so can work wonders.
Why 90 Days?
Setting an end date can be beneficial when it comes to meeting a specific goal. 90 days seems to be a good amount of time to actually create change with your health & fitness.
If you stick to your plan, there is no doubt that after 3 months time, you will have made significant progress and long-lasting results. The key is having structure—which I’ll highlight in more detail below.
1. Decide What You Want to Do for Exercise
Reducing belly fat has to include exercise. There’s no way around it so it helps to decide what exactly you want to do to for physical fitness.
This is totally up to you and you don’t have to limit yourself to one activity. However, you should have one primary workout program that you want to follow.
Here are some basic physical fitness ideas to get you to brainstorm and decide what you like best. Fitness can be and should be fun, otherwise, it’s too easy to quit.
- Martial Arts
- Weight Training
2. Have a Purpose
When we have a purpose, reaching an end goal becomes more meaningful. Also, as humans, we tend to work harder when we know we’re working towards something that is very important to us.
You may say, “Well losing my belly fat is my purpose.” Sure, that is your overall goal but by purpose, ask yourself why losing your gut is truly important to you.
Your purpose could be things like:
- Improve my health for my family
- Fitting into my wedding dress/tuxedo for the big day
- Have a better quality of life/be more active
- Be able to walk on the beach in Hawaii shirtless/in my bikini
- Buy a new wardrobe for myself
- Run a marathon
- Pass a physical fitness test for a new career
Whatever it is, your purpose is important to you. Keep it in the forefront of your mind. Work towards it and losing belly fat is the added bonus.
3. Make a Plan for Nutrition
Choosing a physical fitness program is a piece of cake (no pun intended) compared to deciding how to handle your nutrition. After all, poor eating habits play a huge role in weight gain.
In the same way you chose a physical fitness program, you also need to choose how you want to go about eating healthier.
Don’t be afraid to seek out help in this area. There are experts who have earned college degrees in the field of nutrition. Seek them out if you must.
For the most part, you know you’ll need to eat clean. Finding resources on how to eat clean is easy.
There are tons of books about clean eating. Type the phrase into your favorite search engine or YouTube and you’ll be bombarded with plenty of information to get you on the right track.
Knowing how to eat for the next 90 days will work hand-in-hand with your fitness routine.
4. Treat Yourself on Major Milestones
Being consistent for a full 90 days can be daunting. You’ll feel like giving up or skipping a few workouts.
It’s always so easy to give up when attempting to get into shape. That’s why it’s important to treat yourself at major milestones.
Reward yourself for reaching 30 days, 60 days, 90 days. Whatever motivates you, reward yourself with something for making it to each milestone.
5. Stick With it by Paying it Forward
Congratulations! You’ve reached 90 days and you have some major results to show for it. Now create lasting change by continuing with your new healthy lifestyle changes.
The easiest way to do so is to help someone else with their fitness goals. You are now a prime example that reducing belly fat and getting healthier can be done.
Share your knowledge and success with a friend or loved one who wants to get healthier. It not only motivates them but it motivates you to keep it up.