Friday 13 October 2017


My friends and I usually spend our weekends’ at Jenny’s place (for more on jenny! ) and most of the Saturday mornings working out at her apartment gym. We noticed that we spent endless hours doing all the abdominal exercises, yet there was no significant change in our ‘tummy game’. So it got me wondering why exactly were we not losing any tummy fat despite the strenuous routines we go through and I decided to conduct a research and the findings totally modified my approach to getting the result.
According to a study reported by www.greenmedinfo.comif you think endless sit-ups or any other tummy exercise is going to reward you with six packs abs and all of that instantly…well think again.  The study states that there is no significant effect of abdominal exercises on body weight, body fat percentage, android fat, abdominal circumference, and abdominal skin-fold measurement. So six weeks of abdominal exercise training alone is not sufficient to reduce abdominal subcutaneous fat and other measures of body composition. 

However, that does not mean we should stop abs workout because according to the study, there is a significant improvement in muscular endurance during the process and the muscles would have been more defined if there was a lost in the layer of belly fat first.

So the question still remains how can we reduce belly fat?
Below are some of the ways you can achieve this:
1.      A huge percent of our ability to reduce excess belly fat is determined by what we eat and the lesser percent is related to exercise and other healthy lifestyle habit. But some people struggle more to lose belly fat compared to others mostly due to genetic factor.
In other words, you will not get to see well-formed abs unless you reduce your overall body fat and a poor diet will affect your effort to lose weight despite all your exercising. So it is highly advisable to avoid processed and/or junk foods and focus more on home cooked meals while making effort to burn more calories than you eat.
2.      Aerobic exercise is very effective as it helps elevate your heart rate which in turn leads to calorie burn.  So it is necessary to incorporate it into your basic exercise routine and always endeavor to charge up your routine by including running, swimming, hiking, biking and any other seemingly intense exercise.
To maintain your current weight, it is recommended you get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week; that is: at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily a minimum of five days a week (and don’t think you’re too busy to do that).
3.      Strength training helps you tone, and build muscles.  
Building muscles help increase metabolism, so even at rest your body will burn more calories. Don't just focus on spot reducing, but rather on overall strength training and if you feel lifting weights are too extreme, try using resistance bands.  
Aim to strength train at least twice weekly to see the best results. Strength training is equally as important as aerobic exercise in reducing belly fat.

Following these steps would help drastically reduce belly fat, but it doesn’t stop here, it takes dedication and commitment to really achieve the main goal which is maintaining a healthy body system. Remember staying healthy is not a trend but our lifestyle.

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