Are you looking to burn belly fat and get those great six pack abs? Do you think it is possible to target body fat from your stomach area?
Everyone wants to lose those extra pounds from their waist and get those sexy six pack abs.
Especially men who want to get in good shape and feel that having six pack abs is the ultimate definition of being in good shape.
And sadly, it is men who tend to collect a lot of body fat in their mid-section.
So, what is the answer to the million dollar question? Is it really possible to target and burn belly fat?
The short answer is no. It is definitely not possible to target losing body fat just from your belly. And we will see why in a minute.
But don’t get discouraged because it is definitely possible to lose fat from your entire body and eventually also from your belly so you can get those visible six pack abs.
You just need to be informed and careful so that you do not fall into the trap of magazines and certain fitness gurus who claim that targeted fat loss from a particular body part is possible.
If you read a lot of fitness magazines, watch TV infomercials, and check online fitness ads, you will find that a majority of them will tell you that it is possible to target and burn belly fat.
They will also tell you that it is possible to burn belly fat by performing exercises that are specifically targetted to the mid-section.
Every day, you will find a new workout on how to lose belly fat in 10 minutes, 5 minutes, or even 3 minutes.
The most ridiculous one I had seen in TV infomercials is the ad for selling those ab electrocution belts that are supposed to “shock” your abs and make them lose belly fat.
The only thing you will get by using those electrocution belts is burn-lines on your stomach.
I can guarantee you that if you keep your diet the same and use those belts, you will not see any results.
Another one of such silly contraptions is the ab gel.
You are just supposed to rub the gel on your belly and in a few days, abs will magically appear.
The only thing such gels, machines, and belts are going to make you lose is your money and not belly fat.
The only way you can burn belly fat is to make use of a calorie deficit.
This means you need to burn more calories than what you actually consume.
It does not matter how many ab exercises and crunches you perform but as long as your diet is not focussed on a calorie deficit, you are not going to lose body fat.
And the body fat will come off gradually from your entire body such as your chest, back, arms, face, and also your belly.
There is no way to control exactly from which area of your body, the fat will start to reduce.
In fact, if you perform too many ab exercises, instead of reducing your belly, you will actually end up increasing it.
This is because as you perform ab exercises, the ab muscles will start to develop and get bigger.
And if there is belly fat in front of those abs then the abs will push the belly fat even further and make you look even more fat.
As we have seen, the best way to get six pack abs, is to make use of a calorie deficit where you consume fewer calories than what your body burns.
Here are the steps you can use to get into a calorie deficit:
Check out the post on how you can easily lose weight in more details.
A high-protein diet will keep you satiated and you will not feel hungry often.
When you are strength-training as part of losing weight, a high-protein diet will help you to build and preserve muscle mass.
A high-protein diet consisting of lean meats contains far fewer calories than what you would consume from carbs and fat. This will help you in hitting those numbers for a calorie deficit.
A workout with heavy, compound exercises will help you to build and preserve muscle mass as you are in a calorie deficit losing weight.
You definitely just want to lose the fat and not your precious muscle.
In addition, workouts with heavy weights will help you burn calories not just during the workout but for several hours after the workout due to the after-burner effect.
High-interval intensity training is a form of cardio where you perform intense cardio for a short interval followed by less intense cardio for another short interval and then repeat the process.
The advantage of high-intensity interval training over regular steady-state cardio such as walking, running, etc. is that you don’t need to do too much of it. Just 2-3 sessions of 25 minutes each every week should be good enough.
In addition, there is a lower chance of losing muscle with high-intensity interval training than with steady-state cardio because you are not doing too much of it.
I hope this post has made you realize that there is no specific way to reduce just belly fat.
All those magic pills, equipment, and gels that are supposed to magically burn belly fat are nothing but a lie and they do not work, so please don’t waste your money on those.
Instead, focus on the steps that truly work and that will help you lose fat from your body and eventually from your belly as well so you can achieve those six pack abs.
To do this you need to understand about a calorie deficit and how you can make use of it.
In addition, you should perform workouts with heavy weights so that you preserve muscle as you lose fat and also burn additional calories.
Finally, do consider using high-intensity interval training over regular cardio as that can help you save time and effort as well as lower your risk of losing muscle because you overdid your cardio.
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