You wake up one morning and walk past a mirror. You turn around and look... your stomach has just moved. A layer of jiggly fat is covering your stomach. Sadly, this scenario is all too common in today's modern world. You would be hard pressed to find someone who has not had belly fat plague them at one point.
So how do we get rid of it? Endless crunches and sit-ups should melt that belly fat right off, right? Wrong. Spot reduction is a myth. You cannot selectively burn fat off your body from a specific spot. It has to be burned from all over the body. What you need to do is use up more calories than you are taking in. There are two components to this: diet and cardio.
Diet - You don't need to buy into the latest fad diet to lose belly fat. Just make sure you eat healthy and eat below your caloric maintenance level. Basically just eat less than you normally do. Make sure you eat healthy and do not starve yourself. If you try to starve yourself, your metabolism will shut down and when you eventually do eat, your body will hold on to every calorie and store it as fat. Instead you want to start eating more often. That's right. Try eating six small meals a day. It will boost your metabolism and you will feel less hungry. Also, make sure you eat good amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Remember dietary fat is not the enemy here, body fat is.
Cardio - Almost any amount of increased activity is helpful here, but I happen to like HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training. In HIIT, you alternate periods of high intensity with periods of low intensity. For instance you could sprint for 20 seconds and jog for 40, sprint for 20, jog 40, etc. When you are just starting out, you may be able to do only around 4-5 cycles before dying out. That is only 5 minutes to accomplish what low intensity cardio would accomplish in a hour. In addition to being much quicker and more efficient HIIT boosts overall metabolism so you burn even more calories after the session.
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