Hey newsflash my friend, the trick to having a flat stomach just in time for the summer beach trip is to start before summer arrives. That is why this article is important.
Another key factor is to approach your weight loss the right way. When it comes to getting a flat stomach, the right way has a lot to do with sweating and very little to do with lifting weights or doing a million crunches.
Understanding Why Your Belly Blobs
Abdominal fat, also known as visceral fat is fat lodged deep inside your belly behind your organs. It is the reason men get those tight beer bellies and ladies get those little pudgy pouches.
To get a flat stomach therefore means you must lose that fat – according Duke University exercise physiologist Cris Slentz, resistance workout will not do that for you.
The Right Exercise
Slentz crafted a study to “identify the most effective form of exercise to get rid of that unhealthy fat.” What he found was that visceral only respond to one kind of exercise.
“When Duke University Medical Center researchers conducted a head-to-head comparison of aerobic exercise, resistance training, and a combination of the two, they found aerobic exercise to be the most efficient and most effective way to lose the belly fat…” more
But, I Have Been Doing Aerobics!
This is where most people get frustrated. Many expect that they’ll go walking with the girls for a half hour and suddenly look like Gisele Bündchen on the catwalk.
1. What matters is not simply what you do, but how much and how consistently you do it.
As Slentz puts it:
“What really counts is how much exercise you do, how many miles you walk, and how many calories you burn…If you choose to work at a lower aerobic intensity, it will simply take longer to burn the same amount of unhealthy fat.”
2. At Some Point, Exercise Alone Is Not Enough
In New York Times article, “Why Doesn’t Exercise Lead to Weight Loss?”, Tara Parker-Poper writes:
“…few people, an overwhelming body of research shows, achieve significant weight loss with exercise alone, not without changing their eating habits.”
There is clearly a need for balance. To better your results therefore – watch what you eat.
The Way Forward
Kiss frustration goodbye! You know exactly what is required of you – consistent aerobic activity, and for optimal results, a better eating plan. Here are 3 rules to make it stick:
1. GET A PLAN
“Walk or Jogging – 1 mile per day.”
Set yourself some fitness goals for the coming week and month. Think aerobic – walking, jogging, cycling, stair climber, elliptical machines and the like.
2. GET SUPPORT.
It helps to jog with someone. Join a aerobic class at the gym. Play a team sport, like football.
4. GET CONSISTENT.
Be consistent in your activities. Doing it at least 3 times per week. Pace yourself and persevere – if you do, you will attain your goal.
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