23 Sep, 2008
How To Burn Belly Fat (Hint: Don’t Do Sit Ups)
Although you get fat all around your body (that’s why it’s called ‘body fat’), the fat you get on your stomach is the most noticeable and, for most people, the first place for fat to develop. It’s also the toughest area of your body to shed fad.
Because your abdominal area (belly) is the nearest area of your body to your stomach, it’s the first place that fat cells develop which means that if you’re putting on weight, you’re bound to start seeing a layer of soft belly fat developing before anything else.
Now, over the years, really useful weight loss facts have been diluted and changed so much that so much BAD advice is given to people looking to lose stomach fat…
We’re going to set the record straight with this article about losing belly fat.
The absolute key point you need to remember about losing belly fat is that you cannot burn fat from specific parts of your body. It’s just not how your body works - you need to lower your body fat instead. This will allow you to reduce the amount of excess fat you carry around in total which will reduce your stomach fat too.
Because ‘abs exercises’ (such as sit ups and crunches) just get you to sit down and flex your abdominal muscles, you are only working to tone those muscles and NOT to burn the fat around them.
To turn your body into a fat burning machine, you need to do two things when exercising. The first is to increase your heart rate so that your muscles receive the most amount of oxygen possible. This will boost your metabolism because your body will believe that you’re getting plenty of food.
The second thing is to actually exercise as much of your body as hard as possible. Going on a long run, doing an intensive cardio routine, going for a ride on your bicycle are all top ways to get your muscles into “overdrive” mode which then encourages your body to burn more fat.
To lose belly fat, you need to make sure that you do these intensive workouts at least 2-3 times a week so that you can enjoy the benefits of a body that’s constantly in ‘fat burning mode’.
However, there’s also another side to the story. Your diet.
Our bodies store fat on our belly because it’s the quickest place to put it. Fat is just energy that the body can burn later and the amount that’s stored depends entirely on your ‘metabolism’.
Now, without getting into too much detail about metabolism and how you can control it, the key point you need to remember about losing belly fat is that you need to burn more energy than you consume.
Your body stores fat because it wants a safe place to get energy from in the future, if you can’t find anything to eat. To burn your excess fat, you need to be able to deprive your body of enough energy to warrant the burning of fat.