Belly fat is horrible. Unattractive, uncomfortable and very dangerous to your health. According to recent studies, a hip-to-waist ratio over 0.80 can spell great health risks ranging from heart disease to cancer. On the other hand, a flat stomach is considered one of the sexiest thing in both men and women. So, how do you get that sex pack? How do you burn belly fat?
While getting a big belly is quite easy, losing it can be very hard. Abdominal fat can be very stubborn and conventional diets and exercises probably won’t make you lose your gut nearly as easily as many would have you believe. You will need to have a very focused plan that involves more than just going on another silly diet.
Although a controlled diet does help a lot, the real secret to losing your gut is to burn belly fat with focused exercise. In a recent study, a new approach to losing fat proved to be very effective. While most experts believe in training 45 minutes to an hour in the “fat burning zone” 5 days a week, this study revealed something even better.
By alternating cardiovascular training with strength training, subjects managed to lose 45% more belly fat than those who stuck to traditional exercise programs. What happens is that by building muscle, your body is able to burn more fat – even when you aren’t exercising.
Gentle, but consistent, strength training is very effective at burning belly fat. When you increase your overall strength and muscle tone your entire body starts burning fat. Burning it up on the treadmill for hours every day is not the most effective way to lose your belly fat.
By alternating your exercise routine with resistance training 5 to 6 days a week you can start chipping away at your abdominal fat. The key however is persistence. It takes time to lose that stubborn fat, but the good thing is that the more fat you burn the more fat you can burn. You just need to get over that initial struggle and once you start seeing results it all becomes much easier.