So, you have tried everything for burning belly fat? Still can’t get rid of it?! Well, chances are, you are one of the millions out there who have and are still committing the same mistakes.
In this blog post, I am going to share with you a few secrets of how to induce express fat loss. By the time you are done reading this article, you will know the best strategy for weight loss.
All right, let us get down to basics. So, you have been doing weights, cardio, a lot of sit ups and abs crunches. However, you are still disappointed with the results? So, what more do you need to do get a flat tummy?
Well, burning belly fat involves a 2 pronged attack. Trick 1 is to get rid of the fat that is there in the body: the so called ‘pre-existing fat’ and trick 2 is to stop new fat from getting deposited. If you sacrifice on either of those, you will be disappointed. What I mean is if you train intense but do not take care of the food you eat, you will not see results. Similarly, if you diet but don’t work out intense, you will not be burning belly fat but losing muscle.
As we all know, burning belly fat that is already there will require a training routine consisting of weights, cardio and callisthenics. While stopping new fat from depositing around the belly should involve being strict with what gets down your gullet.
Let us have a closer look at either of these strategies for burning belly fat.
Strategy 1 of Burning Belly Fat:
This involves a combination of weights, cardiovascular training along with interval training. Now, I know you will say that, ‘oh, but I have been doing that!’ Well, agreed but depends on how you are doing it.
As far as weights are concerned, if I was you, I’d do more compound exercises. In short, I would involve more exercises with barbells. Why is it important, you might want to ask? You can perform a lot more power moves with barbells than with dumbbells. Some of my favourite exercises for weight loss would be the barbell power moves like cleans and presses, squats, dead lifts, snatches and bench presses.
When it comes down to cardio, I am a big fan of intense cardio training in the form of plyometrics, or even some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) rather than 45 min. of runs on the treadmill or the cross trainer. Shorter, more intense bursts of cardio training take the heart rate higher up and thus burn more calories. Also, that kind of training is more real life and improves your fitness levels faster than long, slow duration cardio training. Alternately, you can also do interval runs outside in a park. Burning belly fat, thus, would require sets of intense, short burst cardio activities.
Strategy 2 of Burning Belly Fat:
This involves preventing new fats to deposit. Now, as you may well be aware that the human body tends to store excess calories from food as fat. To prevent this from happening, you need to know how much calories you would ideally need throughout the day. This differs from individual to individual and also depends on the level of activity and your fitness goals. A body builder or a long distance runner would require massive amounts of calories. However, if you were keen on burning belly fat, you shouldn’t bother too much about counting calories.
At the end of the day, no matter what you eat, for burning belly fat, you have to cut down on the portion size. Watching what you are eating is as crucial, if not more, than the portion size. Also, keep in mind that your breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day. The sizes of the rest of the meals should be small. More frequent meals will also help keep your metabolism up and thus help you lose weight.
So, in a nutshell, if burning belly fat is your foremost concern, only 2 things matter, training intense with a lot of short burst cardio activity thrown in and cutting down on the portion size.
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Martin Bolduc, CPT, ACE, BCRPA
Lean Body Challenge Champion
** Martin Bolduc is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Express Fat Loss and the winner of the Lean Body Challenge 2008. Martin is a Certified Personal Trainer ACE and BCRPA, Fitness Nutritionist Specialist and a natural bodybuilder. Martin helps hundreds of clients to reach their goals. Get your Complimentary Report on Express Fat Loss