Lose Belly Fat
Lose belly fat fast! Shed inches off your
Sounds a bit like an infomercial. If it was that easy, we
would all have flat stomachs and six pack abs.
people believe that to shed those unwanted pounds, you must do 100
exercises or 500 crunches each day.
Although these will help build and strengthen your abdominal muscles, they have nothing to
do with losing body fat, especially in your stomach.
Stomach fat is one of the most problematic areas for many people,
especially as we age.
Looking for ways to flatten your
stomach goes beyond just doing ab exercises.
You may be thinking that “she’s crazy; of course I have to do the best ab
to get a flat stomach”.
The fact is that
and toning your stomach will do very little to help you lose belly fat
and flatten your stomach.
put away your exercise mat as you will want to do stomach exercises as
well. But to really shed that excess body fat (in order to show off
your toned stomach), check out the tips below.
How to Lose Body Fat
To start reducing your belly fat you need to think in terms of losing
excess body fat. Unfortunately you cannot spot reduce only the
stomach but must lose and reduce all the unwanted fat.
To do this you must do two simple things; 1) start eating healthy and
2) do aerobic exercises.
Additionally, you should also reduce
stress and get a good night’s sleep. Now you’re asking
yourself, “What does this have to do with losing belly fat”.
Well, if you want the ultimate flat stomach, then you have to reduce
the fat that surrounds your abdominal muscles.
In order to do
this, you must eat the right foods, reduce stress and get good sleep.
Keep reading to see how each of these help to flatten your stomach.
Fat around the belly is just one of the signs of metabolic syndrome
Although there are claims that certain foods
will melt away the fat,
the truth is no certain foods have the magic to reduce fat.
But if you start eating healthy
and consume fewer calories
burn, then you will begin to lose fat.
Just to clarify, you
will not automatically lose belly fat first.
Your genetics is
what determines where you will shed fat first.
But don’t be
discouraged, as you continue to lose fat you will eventually lose fat
everywhere, including your belly.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or just lose belly fat, the foods
you select can play an important role. Try to minimize the
amount of calories from sugars and fats.
Also select whole
grain foods and skim milk.
And don’t forget to add veggies
and fruits to your healthy diet. You may want to check out
to add to your healthy menu.
e of the best benefits
is burning calories and
fat. Aerobic exercises are the best way to get the higher
calorie and fat burn from your exercise efforts.
aim to get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week, more
if you really want to lose belly fat faster.
Your aerobic exercise could be something you enjoy like dancing,
jogging, water aerobics or just walking for exercise. If you
are just starting an aerobic exercise routine, start our slowly and
remember to stay within your target heart rate
loss workout example
weekly routine. There's an example for beginners and
level and they include both aerobics and strength training exercises.
Stress can cause many different health related
issues from high blood
pressure to chronic heart
diseases. But stress also is a main
cause to weight gain and increased body fat.
When a person is
stressed, the body prepares itself to either fight or get the heck out
of there. This “fight or flight” response is your body’s way
of protecting itself in stressful situations.
What happens when you are stressed is your body releases adrenaline,
cortisol and insulin. What doe’s this mean to you?
Well, the increase in cortisol can cause you to feel hungry and can
increase fat production.
This extra fat generally settles in
your stomach, creating more belly fat. The extra insulin can
also cause higher levels of fat as too much insulin sends a signal to
your body to start storing fat.
Another great benefit of exercising is to reduce stress. So
by adding aerobic exercises to your weekly routine you are not only
reducing stress, but you are able to lose belly fat. Be sure
read about all the benefits to exercise
Get More Sleep
Getting more sleep can help in a couple of ways to help you lose the
fat. One, when you are more rested you are able to exercise
at a more intense level and/or can exercise for a longer period of
And now that you know you need aerobic exercises to
lose belly fat, you want to make sure you are well rested and up for
Secondly, studies have shown that those who get less than four hours of
sleep per night are 70% more likely to be overweight or
Lack of enough sleep lowers leptin, which is a protein
that helps suppress appetite and tells the brain when you are
Also, lack of sleep can impact the production of
insulin, which is needed to regulate the blood sugar level.
If you have already read my “Metabolism Booster Foods”, then you know
that too much insulin in your system can cause your body to store foods
doing abdominal exercises does not reduce your belly fat, it
will help strengthen and tone these muscles. So, once you
have reached your goal to lose the fat, you will have toned abdominal
There are many abs
exercises; in fact there are probably at least 100
abdominal exercises. This does not mean you have to do all
100, but just pick some that will strengthen and tone all the abs
muscles. Visit the abdominal exercises
page to see a list
and links to instructions and illustrations on many common ab exercises.
In addition to the helpful article mentioned above, you can
also use these free weight
loss tools to help you lose belly fat
and to help you track
There are calculators such as the target heart rate calculator, a
weight loss calculator and even a free printable weight loss journal.
Use these free fitness videos to workout your stomach to help tighten
and tone those muscles. Crunches are a great way to work the rectus abdominis muscles, also
known as your six pack.
Quick Weight Loss Tips
Want to jump start your weight loss? Try this healthy tips to lose
weight quicker without resorting to fad diets.
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