Who doesn’t want to burn belly fat? Burning belly fat is actually simple if you’re consistent with good habits. But, being consistent often becomes the problem.
Belly fat has been associated with contributing to such diseases as cancer. Belly fat causes other health problems too. Scientist have learned much more about fat cells (adipose tissue). Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that abdominal fat cells secrete inflammatory proteins that cause damage to blood vessels and other cells.
These inflammatory chemicals secreted by belly fat cells are implicated in the development of coronary artery disease and Metabolic Syndrome. That is why personal trainers and health professionals always measure body fat with a special emphasis placed on your belly fat.
Even though you may be “normal weight,” you may still have too much body fat. This will negatively impact your health. So, you can’t just concentrate on the weigh scale.
You need to know where you are fat no matter what your Body Mass Index (BMI) may be. You can be skinny with high body fat (skinny-fat). You may also be normal weight obese. You are obese if you have too much body fat.
Do these 2 tips to burn your belly fat:
1. Don’t focus on your belly fat. Focus on burning total body fat with full body circuit strength training and short, intense cardio sessions. Your strength training sessions should be about 30-45 minutes (3 times a week) and your cardio sessions should be about 20 minutes (2-3 times a week).
Your strength training workouts will include core exercises like planks, ab ball rollouts, bridges, back extensions and mountain climbers to help burn your belly fat. If you want to do extra “belly fat burning” core exercises on off days, you can.
2. Make sure you have a healthy meal plan that includes plenty of whole, natural foods like fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains. Protein keeps blood sugar levels more steady and helps you feel fuller for a longer period (slower digestion). Protein also keeps the hunger hormone (ghrelin) in check so your hunger doesn’t spike so high.
And, if you will cut sugars, fast foods, fried foods and processed foods from your diet, you will win the battle of the belly bulge.
Researchers at Penn State found that dieters who ate at least five servings of whole grain breads while following a low-calorie diet lost 24 percent more abdominal fat than those who averaged the same number of calories but ate refined grains, like white bread.
Follow your meal plan at least 90% of the time, exercise regularly and you will burn belly fat and total body fat over time—-and it will stay off! Its not rocket science. You just have to be consistent.