When it comes to losing weight, all fat isn’t created equal, and the belly bulge can often seem much more difficult to burn than other parts of the body. This accumulation of excess fat in the lower abdominal area is easy to achieve but tough to lose.
If you want to be able to get rid of the belly bulge then you are going to need to focus on a specific strategy for overall fat burning and health. This will include steps such as cardiovascular exercise, targeted toning workouts, proper hydration, adequate sleep and a balanced and portion controlled diet.
Use the following steps to help to get you started in your battle against the belly bulge:
Cardio – a good cardiovascular workout is your top option for fat burning. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, most of us should be spending five days per week on between 40 and 60 minutes of cardio exercise. For best results, mix up the types of exercises you’re doing. Walking is great, but if you can also include some swimming and cycling in the mix as well, then you’ll be accessing more muscles and encouraging your body to burn fat more effectively.
Strength training – muscle toning is a misunderstood form of exercise. Doing sit-ups will not cause you to burn fat around your middle, but this type of exercise is still exceptionally important to health and weight loss. Toning your muscles will help your body to burn far more fat regardless of whether or not you’re actually exercising. A person with toned muscles will burn more fat while sitting idle than a person whose muscles are not toned. Take advantage of this fact and do some strength training for your core muscles, your arms and your legs. You’ll lose weight more quickly and you’ll look better once the layer of excess fat has been burned away.
Eat right – don’t eat too little but don’t eat too much. If you don’t know what that means for you then a brief visit to your doctor will help you find the answers you need. You should neither starve yourself nor continue at the pace that caused you to gain the weight in the first place. This will require some changes. Take them on gradually and they’ll be far more likely to stick.
Hydrate – drinking water will help you to lose retained water, burn fat more efficiently, sleep better, reduce bloating, achieve better regularity and even enjoy better skin. It is key to healthy weight loss.
Sleep – resting helps you lose weight and reduce stress (stress can lead to weight gain). By building a solid sleep schedule, you’ll do your diet a lot of favors.