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Lose Belly Fat - What Really Works and What Doesn't

Updated on December 10, 2010

Every guy wants 6-pack abs, and every woman wants a slim and sexy core, but reducing your waist size also has some serious health benefits as well. Carrying extra weight on your mid-section puts extra strain on you’re your heart and other organs. As fat builds up around your organs it pushes down and out under your rib cage, adding to the size of your belly. The extra weight also puts extra strain on your joints and can make knee and other joint problems worse over time. There is no easy fix for belly fat, despite many advertising claims, but there are a few proven tips that will help you quickly lose belly fat.

Crunches, sit-ups and ab-machines will not help you lose belly fat.

Crunches, sit-ups, ab-rollers, and all of the other great new products being shown on late-night TV can increase the size of your stomach muscles, but they will not reduce your belly fat. Increasing your stomach muscles can help hold in your belly fat, giving you a better appearance, but the fat is still the issue. You are much better off working out all of your muscle groups, instead of just focusing on your problem areas. The more muscle mass that you have, the more calories that you will burn every day.

Cutting calories only works if you also change the types of foods that you consume. Avoid refined foods and focus on eating whole grains and fruits. Refined foods cause your body to increase your blood sugar levels and cause you to store more energy as fat. Eating a higher percentage of whole grain foods can actually cause your body to reduce its production of insulin, reduce blood sugar levels, and reduce the amount of energy that you body stores as fat. I know that eating only whole grains is impossible, just try to increase your percentage of whole foods, and reduce processed ones. Avoiding frozen foods, fast-food, and focusing on simple, natural foods, will make a huge difference.

Cardiovascular exercise is the best way to reduce your belly fat. To really lose belly fat fast, you will need to exercise at least 30 minutes every day. You don’t need to run for 30 minutes, but you do need to get your heart rate up. Brisk walks, bicycling, or even just dancing around your house can work great. You don’t need to run out and buy a gym membership. Luckily, belly fat is the first fat to go. Since your core stores the highest percentage of fat, you will lose a higher percentage of belly fat to fat on any other part of your body. Belly fat is what is know as visceral fat, which means that it is more easily converted back to energy than other types of fat, such as the layer of fat under your skin, which is only converted back to energy when all other sources have been extinguished.

Drinking more water each day also helps fight the bulge. If you do not drink enough, your body doesn’t flush out toxins and waste as easily. Also, your body will store water until it knows that it is getting enough each day. Just losing your water weight can help jump start you belly fat battle!

So it isn’t impossible to lose your belly fat! You just need to focus on increasing cardiovascular exercise, reducing calories, eating less processed foods, and drinking more water. Avoid fad diets and diet pills that may just throw your body into confusion. If you need more tips or motivation, search for sites that focus on fun new ways to get exercise, and not ones that are pushing products.


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