During the time I have been an online Personal Trainer, there is one statement I have heard the most — “Luke no matter what I do, I just can’t seem to shift this fat from my belly”
For some, it can be pretty easy. You can just clean up your eating habits for a week and the waist drops in. For others, it can be a damn nightmare! It seems to be the last place to go from the body which is frustrating when you only want to target the stomach and not lose pounds off your face.
See how it works is we all store our fat differently to the next person. This is why you shouldn’t be copying someone else’s diet if they have the completely different genetics to you.
Now we’ve all searched for the perfect abs workout to crunch away our belly fat. People are still buying those overpriced abdominal machines to try out the 1000 crunches a day technique only to try it for a day and store it safely away.
The truth is, a fancy hi-tech sit up machine isn’t going to get your abs.
Eating nothing past 7 pm isn’t the key to getting abs
Going on a zero carb diet isn’t going to be the reason your abs pop
To banish the belly fat & reveal a six-pack, you’ve gotta get rid of the fat around the body as a whole.
I’ve got bad news for you
You can’t pick an area of the body and spot to reduce. Sucks a little right?
You can, however, drop your body fat overall around the body, hit the switch on your metabolism to create a fat burning machine. If you train your body as a whole with a combination of weights & cardio, you’ll have more chance of dropping fat all over the body and the belly won’t be missed.
So that’s all good, train hard and lose fat right? Not quite…
This is just one part of the equation. You have to be in a calorie deficit to burn fat. This simply means, your body has to burn off more calories than you consume on a daily basis.
This is why you normally go on a low/zero carb diet as it takes out a big portion of the calories, forcing you into a deficit. When you eat carbohydrates, your insulin (a storage hormone) levels rise. Insulin is a hormone that allows your body to use glucose(sugar) from the carbohydrates we eat to be used for energy or to be stored in the cells for later. The problem arises when we put too much glucose into our cells which then has a likely chance of storing as fat, especially around the belly.
3 ways to improve insulin sensitivity
- Strength Training
- Control your carbohydrate intake (especially foods high in sugar)
- Make use of healthy fats (Omega 3’s) to help control blood sugar levels
These 3 simple things will also contribute to developing a kick ass metabolism which in the long run will be able to keep fat burning off.
You can forget about the unlimited crunches, focus on making the switch into fat burning mode & you WILL be able to lose that belly fat.
Article By- Luke Spragg [Online fitness coach at Physique Empire]