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Apr 19

Are You Struggling to Lose Belly Fat?

Are you one of those struggling to lose belly fat but it just never seems to budge? The first important principle you have to know is how you structure your workouts. Don’t lose belly fat by doing exercises that target the stomach area. Unfortunately, even though most people by now do understand this, they still spend too much of their training time trying to target the stomach with tons of abs exercises.

There are a certain amount of abdominal exercises are great and they do help to strengthen your core and help you maintain a healthy back such as circuit-type exercise. (See: What Is Best Stomach Exercises That Fitness Experts Consider?) But the fact is that direct abs exercises should only be a small portion of your workout routines. The majority of your time should be spent focusing on multi-joint exercises that work the largest muscle groups of the body like the legs, chest, and back.

Multi-joint exercises for the largest portions of your body increases your metabolic rate both during the workout, and for 24-48 hours after the workout. This also stimulates an increase in fat-burning hormones within your body. You simply don’t get this type of metabolic and hormonal response by wasting most of your time with “abs-pumping” exercises.

Losing your belly fat requires some focus and intensity in your workouts! You can’t do it while sitting on your couch watching TV with some “ab-belt” strapped to you, or doing only 2-minutes of crunching with your “ab-rocker-roller”.

The second principle to rid yourself of that flabby belly revolves around your nutrition. You need to realize that “diets” only work against your body in your effort to lose belly fat.

If you follow any of these fad diets like low-carb, or low-fat, or anything else that restricts the macro-nutrients (protein, carbs, and fat), you are messing up processes related to your hormonal balance in your body, the muscle glycogen process, insulin, blood sugar, etc., and this stops your fat loss dead in its tracks!

Most of the time you will actually lose lean muscle and lower your metabolic rate. This only makes you fatter in the long run, when you start to eat normal again!

We need 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 as a well-oiled fat-burning machine and help to lose belly fat.

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