Wednesday, 16 September 2009
If you are like 70% of America you more than likely want to know how to shed that extra belly fat. With all the information out there about what you should and shouldn’t do to get rid of extra belly fat, between the weight loss miracle diets, gadgets, and super-pills that supposedly are the cure all for all your weight loss problems. The sad truth remains that very few people are successful by using the majority of this information. However, there is a proven way to flatten the stomach - and the best thing is, you can begin seeing great results in just a couple of weeks!
You see, most people believe that if you want to reduce belly fat, you need to do all those ab exercises. Please do not be one of these people, because these exercises simply don’t work. If you are doing them, you can stop at this very moment. Allow me to explain; in order to stimulate fat-loss from around your belly, you need to stop wasting so much of your time doing all kinds of these various abdominal exercises and hundreds of reps of crunches, leg lifts, and torso twists in the hopes of “spot-reducing” your belly and love handles. Spot-reduction simply doesn’t work.
If you’ve read any reputable fitness publications over the last 10 years, you probably know that spot-reduction DOES NOT occur. It’s a myth that just won’t seem to go away. The truth is,
losing belly fat does NOT occur by doing exercises that target the stomach area. Regrettably, this false information that has been so widely accepted is still being spread as truth. And the result is millions of people spending WAY too much of their training time trying to target the stomach with tons of these abs exercises.
1.) First, they focus on your ab muscles; but is your goal to tone ab muscles? No, your goal is to REDUCE THE FAT layer around your abdominal area. Then, and only then, can you see those six pack abs. Ab exercises are great and they do help to strengthen your core and help you maintain a healthy back. But the fact is that direct ab exercises should only be a small portion of your workout routines. The bulk of your time should be spent focusing on big multi-joint exercises that work the largest muscle groups of the body such as the legs, chest, and back.
Focusing on these multi-joint exercises for the largest portions of your body will greatly increase your metabolic rate both during your workout, and for the next 24-48 hours after your workout. In addition, this technique also stimulates an increase in fat-burning hormones within your body. You simply won’t achieve this type of metabolic and hormonal response by wasting most of your time with “ab-pumping” exercises.
For best results, you have to focus on short and intense workouts, and do them at least 4-5 times per week. Do short exercises, and do them as fast as possible. Repeat them 4-5 times so you get a total workout of 2-3 minutes. If you do that for a week, you will not only notice your stomach got flatter, but you will have great chances of losing some weight also!
2.) The second important principle to rid yourself of that extra belly fat revolves around your nutrition. What you need to realize first, is that “diets” only work against your body in your effort to lose the stomach fat. You see, if you follow any of these fad diets like extremely low-carb, or low-fat, or the grapefruit diet, the soup diet, or anything else that restricts 1 or more of the macro-nutrients such as your protein, carbs, and fat, will actually cause you to lose lean muscle and lower your metabolic rate most of the time. This only makes you fatter in the long run, when you start to eat normal again!
So the bottom line is it’s important to stop falling for the fad diet gimmicks, and understand that as humans, we are meant to eat a balanced diet full of a diverse array of foods from healthy natural sources of carbohydrates, proteins, AND fats. This gives your body all of the macro-nutrients as well as all of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that your body needs to run like a well-oiled fat-burning machine!
Take action now to rid yourself of that unwanted extra belly fat for good.Post contributed by http://slimandtrimlifestyle.com