Have you fought for years to lose stubborn stomach fat? Have you wondered what the fastest way to lose weight is? Am I correct in thinking you've tried every trick and technique you can think of to lose your gut, to no avail? I'm sure you see tons of commercials and ads making all kinds of miracle claims that you can lose your stomach fat overnight with their magic pill or wildly-hyped snake-oil supplement. And what about the occasionally ridiculous - and hilarious - contraptions promoted in infomercials, the ones that claim you can quickly and easily roll your way to sculpted abs, or contort yourself to a spectacular physique, all in only 5 minutes a day?
Get real! I hope you've been insulted by all of these fraudulent marketers and the gimmicks and scams that they are pushing down your throat by trying to get you to believe that a stomach-fat reduction miracle is possible overnight.
So let's get past all of the scams and gimmicks and get right down to the hard science and reality behind what techniques and strategies really do help you to lose your stubborn stomach fat and keep it off for life! These strategies, when combined, comprise the fastest way to lose weight.
The first strategy we'll examine is how to approach your workouts. If you want to jump-start fat loss from your abdominal area, you need to stop spending so much time on doing countless leg lifts, torso twists, and ab crunches.
As many reliable fitness sources have confirmed over the last decade or so, spot-reduction is a fallacy. It simply does not happen! This is a myth that appears reluctant to die. The truth is, you don't lose stomach fat by doing exercises that target the stomach area. Unfortunately, even though most people by now do understand this (or at least they should), they still spend way too much of their training time trying to target the stomach with tons of abs exercises.
Don't get me wrong, a certain amount of abdominals exercises are great and they do help to strengthen your core and help you maintain a healthy back. But the fact is that direct abs exercises should only be a small portion of your workout routines. Most of your time should be focused on multi-joint exercises that concentrate on the body's largest muscle groups, such as the chest, back, and legs.
Focusing on big multi-joint exercises for the largest portions of your body greatly increases your metabolic rate both during the workout, and for 24-48 hours after the workout. It is one of the real secrets for ridding yourself of that sloppy stomach fat for good. In addition, this also stimulates an increase in fat-burning hormones within your body. You simply don't get this type of metabolic and hormonal response by wasting most of your time with "abs-pumping" exercises.
Want to lose belly fat? Well, get yourself under a barbell and do some squats, do some deadlifts, some lunges, step-ups, some back and chest work. The route you take - dumbbells, barbells, etc. - isn't as important as the focus on high-intensity multi-joint exercises. Be sure to keep your rest periods between sets short, about one minute or so.
The second important principle to rid yourself of that flabby stomach revolves around your nutrition. The first thing you need to realize is that "diets" only work against your body in your effort to lose the stomach fat. Following a fad or trendy diet - for example, the soup diet, the grapefruit diet, or low-fat or low-carb diets - you will actually lose lean muscle over time, effectively lowering your metabolic rate. Now, with depleted muscle tissue, and a lower metabolism, you'll quickly gain back the weight you lost - and more.
It's important to understand that we are meant to consume a well-balanced diet full of natural and healthy protein, carbohydrates, and fats. This gives your body all of the macro-nutrients as well as all of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that your body needs to run as a well-oiled fat-burning machine!
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Sean Morrow is a fitness professional who writes about fitness and weight loss strategies. You can download a free 65-page report that provides over 27 more strategies on the fastest way to lose weight and expose those abs.
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Sean Morrow is a fitness professional who writes about fitness and weight loss strategies.