4 Proven Ways to Release Belly Fat Faster

November 10, 2021
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Your body is pretty remarkable. As part of its extraordinary plan to keep your organs safe, it isolates fat-soluble toxins, many of which in turn, stockpile in the tummy. Belly fat and the toxins that are stored within it is extremely difficult to lose without a detox strategy that focuses on the breakdown of fat cells (lipolysis) and autophagy which is the cellular cleanup process that gets rid of the dysfunctional cells and makes way for new cells.

Some of these fat soluble toxins are called obesogens and they include synthetic compounds, chemicals, herbicides, and plastics in your fat cells. These obesogens include Bisphenol-A (BPA), atrazine, phthalates, tributyltin (TBT), and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), commonly found in household products, cosmetics, and groundwater.

So how do we help our body to increase lipolysis and autophagy so we can lose stubborn belly fat and the toxins that are stored within? Here are some easy ways to trick your body into releasing tummy fat fast and easy.

1. Count on CLA. It’s the fatty acid that helps your body to power off pounds all year long – without dieting!

As I recently told Woman’s World in this week’s cover story, when I first learned about CLA years ago, I was busy writing a new book day and night. I decided to try CLA to help boost my energy and stabilize my blood sugar. I wasn’t even taking it for weight loss but after a few weeks I was backstage at a talk show and realized my pants were so loose, I had to pin them to keep them from falling off! I’ve been a believer ever since. I find that taking 1000 mg of UNI KEY Health’s CLA-1000 with each meal is incredibly effective in keeping my belly fat at bay. 


Many of my followers have also reported amazing results by taking CLA. I’m really happy for Cathy Reiber, who is featured in our CLA cover story in the November 15th issue of Woman’s World. She reported losing inches right away, and was down 11 pounds in a week! And by month’s end, she was 26 pounds lighter. Best of all, she has maintained her 92 lb weight loss for nearly a year! Her transformation is incredibly inspiring, and you can supercharge your weight loss too by adding CLA-1000. Like Cathy, it could be your game changer.


More than 300 studies have been reported since CLA’s (conjugated linoleic acid) initial discovery, highlighting its promise in cardiac, cancer, and diabetes therapy. However, it is the special properties for weight control that were the subject of the first human studies. 


Dr. Pariza and Ola Gudmundsen, Ph.D. of the Scandinavian Clinical Research Facility in Kjeller, Norway, were among the researchers reporting at the American Chemical Society meeting in 2000. Their study of 80 overweight people found that those who took CLA when they dieted and regained the weight when the diet ended put the weight back on as 50 percent muscle and 50 percent fat. Those who did not take CLA regained the weight as 75 percent fat and 25 percent muscle, the usual ratio of weight gain. 


According to Dr. Pariza, whose team carried out the study, “CLA works by reducing the body’s ability to store fat and promotes the use of stored fat for energy.” It does this by controlling the enzymes that release fat from the cells into the bloodstream. The result is a decrease in body fat and a proportional increase in lean muscle mass. So essentially, CLA helps “convert” fat to lean muscle tissue, and muscle is one of your best metabolism enhancers. 

The Norwegian study found that overweight people who did not diet but took CLA lost a small but significant amount of weight over a 12-week period. This study, also reported in the Journal of Nutrition in 2000, showed a stunning 20 percent decrease in body fat percentage, with an average loss of 7 pounds of fat in the group taking CLA without any diet changes.

2. Count on CLA Practice intermittent fasting. I spoke about this in my recent blog (link How I Hacked Intermittent Fasting). Eating only within a six hour window can do wonders for your health. Fasting benefits include increased autophagy and lipolysis and lowered insulin levels.

During your short eating window, remember to reduce your net carbs. Net carbs are carbohydrate foods without the fiber. Reducing them to twenty to fifty grams per day will radically power up your lipolysis and autophagy and reduce your toxic load.

3. HIIT it up. Kick it up a notch with some high intensity interval training (HIIT) and/or high intensity interval resistance training (HIIRT) three days per week. Adding in these types of exercises will produce very fast results in a short period of time.

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And my final tip to assist your body in detoxifying cellular waste and reduce its toxic load to help you shed your weight? Remember to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each and every day. You’ll be amazed with how great you’ll feel when your body releases toxins and debris and you lose those stubborn pounds once and for all.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Olivia

    Very interesting how CLA works. I’m going to order some. Thank you

  2. Luanne

    I’ll give HITT another try. I do strength training and walk now.

  3. Simone

    I can’t wait to get rid of my belly fat. I’m not overweight but I can’t lose in that area.


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