How do you burn that stubborn fat in your belly?
It seems like no amount of diet and exercise can make it go away.
Not only does it make you look unattractive but more importantly it’s dangerous to your health.
Visceral fat contributes to high blood pressure, high triglycerides, diabetes and a host of other health problems.
But before you commit to any exercise regimen the first thing you want to fix is your diet. No amount of exercise will be effective if you eat ice cream and donuts every day.
Lean meats, fruits and vegetables are the way to go. Protein will keep you full longer and releases energy slowly. Limit your carbohydrates as eating too much of it will only add to your waistline.
Include monounsaturated fats in your diet to help keep your heart healthy. Excellent sources of these healthy fats include:
- olive oil
Why are monounsaturated fats so good for you?
Because it maintains your HDL (good cholesterol) while lowering your LDL (bad cholesterol). It also lowers the triglycerides in your blood.
As for exercising, the last thing you want to do is situps or belly crunches. This will only strengthen the subcutaneous fat (the fat you can see) and won’t budge the visceral fat (the fat surrounding the organs).
Instead try short burst exercises like sprinting.
I won’t consider myself in shape but I am able to perform short duration sprints. I found this the best way to trim my waistline without hitting the gym everyday for hours.
I recommend starting slow in the beginning and then working your way up. For example, in the first week do a couple of 5 second sprints everyday. Then the next week do 10 second sprints, and the following week 15 second sprints.
The key is to get your heart rate high without exhausting yourself.
But be sure to consult with your doctor before starting any physical activity, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while.