- Diet & Weight Loss
How to Trim Belly Fat
Tests For Fat
Are you fat? Or do you just think you are? If you’re twenty percent above your ideal weight, you are indeed fat and this will definitely affect your health and that means you’ve got to make at least fifteen minutes a day to trim yourself down. Not only will you look better, you’ll feel better too. Here’s one way to tell whether you’re fat or not:
The Pinch Test – Pinch your arm and check the amount of flesh you get in that pinch. If it’s more than an inch and a quarter, you’re fat.
The Chest-Waist Ratio – Your waist should differ in measurement from your waist by at least seven to eight inches. The ideal is of course the perfect ten. If either of these tests fall below the desired measurement, you’re fat and you need to get fit.
Break Through the Inertia and Exercise!
A lot of women would fail these tests, yet still continue to moan about the lack of time or believe that
Dieting would get rid of the excess fat. There is no guarantee that it will. And even if it does, the body needs to tone itself, for as it tones itself, it also stimulates and massages the glands and organs that make a body tick.
All women must do is make up their minds because it is their own health and good looks that is at stake and only they can do something about it. Yoga is the best form of exercise in that it tones the muscles, calms the mind with easy breathing and stimulates the glands so that they function properly and also massages then organs.
Get hold of a great book or a guru or expert who will teach you the particular yoga exercises that will be best suited to your type of body.
What Constitutes Exercise?
Cleaning your house and garden are exercise,” says ‘Fit for Life’, and so is being aware of your body movements and sitting up straight in a chair. “Remember to walk whenever you can. . .When you are walking, straighten your body. Take long-legged strides (for the long-legged look)! Swing your arms! When you bend over to pick something up, be aware of how you do it; use your legs, not just your back.”
Tips For Flattening Tummy
If there's a layer of fat on your belly, you won't get the muscles to show up. It's important to first lose that layer of fat before you do the tummy tightening exercise. Try an aerobic workout that gets your heart pumping like running or the wonderful and relatively easy 8-Peak routine. Do some really fast paced exercise for 30 seconds, followed by 90 seconds of slow paced exercise. Do this cycle 8 times. It will take you about 15 minutes.
For older women who don't want to stress their joints or hurt their tailbone area by cycling, try kick boxing, walking (sprint for the 30 seconds), swimming or even dancing. I think dancing is the simplest because you can do it indoors without bothering about the weather.
When to Exercise
According to the world best selling authors of the excellent ‘Fit for Life’, the best time to exercise is in the morning when you get up because your body has stored up energy during sleep. However, they say that you could exercise in the late afternoon or evening too – it all depends on when you eat. Your stomach should be empty when you exercise because energy is required for digestion. Exercise at the time will only delay digestion. Besides, there are some stomach exercises you just must not attempt on a full stomach.
Juice is okay of course. “If you are partial to some form of activity after eating, then take a light stroll, which many people find actually helps them digest their meal. More activity than that will only prove counterproductive. The only other activity that we might recommend is very, very light stretching. I can’t think of a time when light stretching would not be helpful.”
How Much to Exercise
Don’t get all hyped up like other people and overdo the exercising. Do as much as you’re comfortable with, but do it every day (if you want to lose weight) or at least three times a week. It could be just fifteen minutes, but anything less than that is not going to be exercise. Often people who become exercise freaks find that they can’t take it any more and give up. And according to ‘Fit for Life’, “Exercise is a biological need. There is no way to achieve living health without it.”
Harry Hanson’s Bikini-Body Exercise for Belly Rolls- Leg Scissors
This is the guy behind swimsuit models like Tyra Banks and he says that you do his five minute exercises every day, you’ll definitely see results in a month. Here’s one I picked up for the belly which exercises the major muscles in your abdomen.
- Lie on your back with feet shoulder-width apart and place your hands under your lower back for support. Raise legs three inches off the ground.
- Widen legs out as far as they can go and then bring them together again.
Repeat 20 times without letting your feet touch the ground. The first time you do this, you might need to take a five second break after each five scissors. Belly rolls or no, this really works to make your tummy flatter and waist trimmer.
Tummy Trimmer and Digestion Aid - The Yogic Suck In
My favourite is a yogic tummy shaper that also helps digestion. This you must do on an absolutely empty stomach and results are guaranteed in a month.
- Stand with feet slightly apart, exhale all the air with a “Ha!”This means you won’t be standing absolutely straight.
- Bend your knees a bit and then suck in your stomach as far as you can till your rib cage sticks out.
- Hold as long as you can hold your breath and then exhale again. Do this ten times every day and you’ll be amazed. This exercise is even said to get rid of bellies that hang over belts!
The most common problem I notice with the Indian female body is too much heaviness in the tummy area – especially with women who’ve had children. Give yourself five minutes a day and you’ll see even your flat enough belly get flatter, and the exercises will help you keep it that way.