The Belly Fat Dilemma – Solved!!!

I was reading another fitness blog the other day, one that the writer often “rants” about fitness and diet-related subjects. One of his common themes is his mocking of guys who spend too much time training their abs, looking for that vaunted “6-Pack”.

For many of us over 40, we struggle to keep our waistline and yearn for those wonder years when we could eat all day and never show an ounce of fat. In fact, I’ve got the skinny teenage pictures to remind me of what I once had.

As we get older however, our metabolism slows, our eating habits change, and we begin to put on that mid-life spread. I know I’ve been struggling to lose belly fat and have tried the liquid diet approach and other supplements/magic potions to try to trim my gut. Before recently, however, all I gained was a lighter wallet.

And those great ab gadgets you see at your local big box or sports store? They usually sell the best on or around January 1st and then turn into a garage sale item a few months later.

And really, do you honestly think that those models on the infomercials got their physiques by using the “Abtronic 3000”? Come on now! I hope you’ve been insulted by all of these fraudulent marketers and the gimmicks and scams that they’re pushing down your throat by trying to get you to believe that a belly-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 belly fat and keep it off for life!

1) The first and most important principle is how you structure your workouts. In order to stimulate fat-loss from your stomach, you need to stop wasting so much of your time doing all kinds of abdominal exercises and hundreds of reps of crunches, leg lifts, and torso twists in the hopes of “spot-reducing” your belly and love handles.

I’m sure you know by now if you’ve read any reputable fitness publications over the last decade that spot-reduction DOES NOT occur. It’s a myth that just won’t seem to go away. The truth is you don’t lose belly fat by doing exercises that target the stomach area. Unfortunately, even though most people understand this (or at least they should), they still spend WAY too much of their training time trying to target the stomach with dozens of abs exercises.

Now don’t get me wrong, a certain amount of abdominal exercises are great and they do help to strengthen your core and help you maintain a healthy back. For instance, if you’ve been reading my Enter The Kettlebell posts, you know I throw in one set of Janda sit-ups and one set of straight-leg sit-ups at the end of my ETK workout. But the fact is that direct ab exercises should only be a small portion of your workout routines. The majority of your time should be spent focusing on multi-joint exercises that work the largest muscle groups of the body like the legs, chest, and back.

That, my friends, is one of the REAL secrets for ridding yourself of that sloppy belly fat for good. 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. 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 “ab-pumping” exercises.

I you really, really want to lose belly fat… do some squats, do some deadlifts, some lunges, step-ups, snatches, heavy cleans, some back and chest work. It doesn’t matter per se if it’s barbells, kettlebells or dumbbells, or even bodyweight exercises… the focus needs to be on big multi-joint exercises at a high intensity. That means no 5-minute rest periods between sets while you flap your gums with half of the people at the gym.

Losing your belly fat for good requires some focus and intensity in your workouts! Anybody who tells you that you can do it while sitting on your couch watching TV with some “ab-belt” strapped to you, or doing only 2-minutes of crunching with your “ab-rocker-roller” is flat out lying to you!

2) The second important principle to rid yourself of that flabby belly 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. You see, if you follow any of these fad diets like low-carb, or low-fat, or the grapefruit diet, the soup diet, or anything else that restricts 1 or more of the macro-nutrients (protein, carbs, and fat), most of the time you will actually lose lean muscle and lower your metabolic rate. This only makes you fatter in the long run, when you start to eat normal again!

I could go into all kinds of details, but essentially you are messing up processes related to your hormonal balance in your body, the muscle glycogen process, insulin, blood sugar, etc., and this stops your fat loss dead in its tracks!

It’s important to stop falling for the fad diet gimmicks, and understand that as humans, we are meant to eat a balanced diet full of a diverse array of foods from healthy natural sources of carbohydrates, proteins, 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!

I’ll be posting more on nutrition during the coming weeks. If you want to get a jump on losing your belly fat fast, Click Here!

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