Most people who want to lose excess abdominal fat will typically want to do so for obvious reasons. It could be to fit clothes better, it could be to look better at the beach, it could be because of a special event coming up that they want to look good for, and more. All of those reasons are perfectly fine for you to want to lose that stubborn fat, however, there is one other SCARY reason you should want this fat removed as soon as possible! In today’s article I’m going to talk about what this other (usually not mentioned much) reason is and why you should remove belly fat NOW!
First, The Two Types Of Fat Around Your Belly…
You have two types of fat around your stomach. One is visceral fat and the other is subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is the layer of flab on top of your abdominal muscles right below your skin. Visceral fat is deeper in your abdominal area below your muscle and around your organs (and this is the fat that leads to that beer belly look for us men).
The One SCARY Reason To Get Rid Of This Fat…
You not only want to make sure you lose belly fat so that you can look good, you also want to make sure you do so as soon as possible because having too much fat around your belly will lead to several health risks!
The most dangerous out of those two fats above is visceral fat. But with both of those fats (especially visceral), you are at risk of developing:
- Heart disease
- A stroke
- High blood pressure
- Certain cancers
- And more!
If you want to improve your overall health, clearly, reducing abdominal fat is by far one of the most important things you could do.
So, What Works Best To Reduce It?
Well, the first thing I would like to mention is that you can not reduce your belly solely. Stomach wraps, abdominal exercises ALONE, and all of those crazy abdominal machines, will not work effectively for reducing your stomach fat. Also, please avoid falling for the temptation to buy those pills and supplements claiming to remove tummy fat, and that’s because they simply do not work.
The ultimate secret (if you want to call it that) to shrink your midsection (and lose total body fat for that matter) is to first ensure you are getting proper nutrition (which means cutting out processed foods, canned foods, white carbs, bad fats, etc.). The second part is to ensure you are doing the right type of exercising that will help boost your metabolic rate and your R.M.R (resting metabolic rate).
So, which type of exercising do I recommend? Well, the best thing I recommend in regards to exercising is to do circuit training routines with your body-weight. This type of exercising has so many benefits it’s crazy! It’s more convenient (you can do them anywhere), it’s affordable (you only need your body), it’s fast (a good circuit training routine typically takes around 10-20 minutes to do), and it’s complete (you get the benefits of both cardio and resistance training wrapped into one).
Want an example of this type of exercise? Alright, here is a routine I just did recently:
- High knee jog in place for 30 seconds.
- 10 push ups.
- 10 burpees.
- 10 body-weight squats.
- 25 abdominal crunches.
- 5 leg raises.
- And then rest for 60 seconds, and repeat the above for 3 sets.
You may not be able to do the above workout if you haven’t exercised for a while, but you could always modify it according to your current fitness level. Also, I strongly recommend you consult a physician before doing any exercise routine to avoid possible injury.
Now, which type of dieting do I recommend? For nutrition, I recommend that you focus heavily on eating as much natural foods as possible. This means fruits, veggies, organic foods, grass-fed meats, etc. Processed foods, foods high in high fructose corn syrup, and other harmful ingredients are responsible for you having that excess belly fat… so make sure you eliminate these foods. That being said, I do recommend you have a cheat day once a week (and make sure you do so by going out to eat or ordering take out, and that’s so that you won’t have bad foods in your house). Having a cheat day once a week will keep you from feeling deprived and it will actually help in boosting your metabolism!
Also, in regards to nutrition, it goes beyond WHAT it is you are eating in order to get results. Therefore, I strongly recommend you find a diet program that is based around HOW you eat so that you can significantly raise your metabolic rate. A diet such as this will usually be based around eating more than 2 or 3 meals a day, and it should be based around eating in a way to raise your metabolism. Here is a perfect example of this type of diet. Following these tips, I was able to flatten my fat stomach, shrink my 44 inch waistline, and I dropped 52 pounds… in 8 weeks.