If you’re looking at your abs and feeling fat, you’re not alone. I’d be willing to bet that the abs are the number one area on most people’s list when asked where they want to lose weight. The reason is understandable. I’m not going to lie. Belly fat is unattractive. And even worse, it can be unhealthy.
Unfortunately you can’t say, “I want to lose my belly fat,” and see it disappear. Spot reduction isn’t possible. Still, there are things you can do to lose weight and tone your abs so that when the fat does disappear, you can show off your flat tummy.
Oh, and there’s one other thing. Women, forget about the six pack. It’s a man’s thing. But don’t despair. You can still get defined abs. They’ll just look different.
Ab Reduction Plan
Lots of people I know seem to think that if they do lots of crunches they will get perfect abs. I hate to burst their bubble, but I do when I tell them that nobody will see what’s there if it’s covered by fat. Think of a person with a beautiful figure who is covered by layer and a layer of clothing. With the clothing on, you see a blob. The beauty is hidden underneath.
The same is true of your abs. Losing weight in your stomach and getting perfect abs requires a combination of diet, cardio, weight training, and abdominal exercises.
When I say the word “diet” I am using it in both senses of the word — going on a diet and what you eat.
If you are really overweight, you will need to go on a diet and lose excess fat. If you take a natural approach and reduce your calorie intake instead of going on a predefined diet, you will want to subtract a certain number of calories a day from your daily intake. Doing so will allow you to lose weight in a healthy manner and adopt habits that you can easily continue once the weight is gone.
Not overweight, but still have belly fat? Then you may want to look at what you are eating and add foods that will increase your metabolism and help reduce belly fat. I’m thinking of foods like fish oil, broccoli, almonds, oatmeal, grapefruit, hot peppers, lean proteins, low-fat yogurt, and green tea.
Once the weight is gone, you want to make sure your abs are ready for their day in the spotlight. So don’t forget to exercise. Do cardio, weight training and ab exercises that focus on all of the abdominal muscles — lower, upper, and sides.
Weight training will increase your muscle mass (muscles burn more calories than fat) and help increase your metabolism. The fat burning furnace effect that it creates has an added benefit. You’ll be able to eat like a normal person without having unwanted fat creep in.
Working all of your ab muscles will define it once the fat is gone.
Terry has an extensive background in Cardio health. He frequently writes for numerous fitness and sports publications. Terry has designed several smart Cardio workout plans which have turned the sedentary lifestyle of his clients active within a short time. His expert Cardio advice has helped many to shed the extra fat and keep in top shape.
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