on Thursday, June 11, 2009in Diets & Foods
Without a doubt the number one physique related concern I am asked about is how to lose belly fat. I’m going to share some fitness and diet tips with you on how to get rid of stomach fat, but it really is not complicated stuff.
Belly fat is also known as a spare tire, love handles, a paunch or beer gut and of course my personal favorite, the muffin top. It can be stubborn, annoying and definitely frustrating. In some cases belly fat can also be a serious health risk as studies have shown that it increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain types of cancers.
Getting rid of belly fat involves more than just a few sit ups. A clean, nutritious and balanced diet is estimated to be about eighty percent responsible for flattening that tum tum. It all comes down to calories in versus calories out. You can do ab exercises or use the gimmicky gadget you bought off of the Home Shopping Channel for hours on end, but if you have a layer (or layers) of fat over those rock hard abs they will still be hidden.
There is no way around it, in order to see a tighter midsection you’ll have to clean up your diet and consistently follow a fat burning workout program. No matter what those late night infomercials would have you believe, belly fat is just that – fat. If you lose the fat, you’ll lose the belly, it’s as simple as that.
Aside from keeping your diet clean and controlled and following a good fat loss workout, there are a couple of things I can share with you that may aid in your pursuit of a flat belly. First of all you’ll have to simmer down. When we are stressed out our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol. Heightened cortisol levels, resulting from stress appear to react with insulin, creating an accumulation of of visceral abdominal fat.
Another thing to consider is tossing the smokes and pouring the giggle juice down the drain. Smoking and alcohol are known to raise cortisol levels in the body, so if you think a cocktail and a puff of tobacco will relax you, think again.
Getting rid of belly fat is generally pretty simple. Notice I used the word simple and not easy. It’s a simple equation but not always easy to follow. Take stock of your priorities and if a flat belly and healthier body are on that list, you’ll make the commitment.
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