Bellies and belly fat seem to be the #1 trouble spot.
For some, weight loss completely eliminates belly woes and others will lose weight, but not the belly! Is there anything that can be done to lose belly fat short of liposuction?
The honest answer is, liposuction may be the only way to reliably remove belly fat. That doesn’t mean I’m endorsing or suggesting belly lipo, I’m just starting this blog by stating the plain truth.
Don’t feel discouraged. Even if you can’t “blast away your belly fat,” despite all the claims you see everywhere saying that you can by “buying this,” or “following this specialized belly fat diet, or avoiding these 5 foods.” Trust me, don’t waste time and money on the expensive magic cures. If you are tempted to order some “lipo in a bottle” use the money to buy a good body shaper instead.
You can lose some belly fat by losing weight.
If you are slightly or very overweight, losing weight will help to reduce the fat on your belly. Combining a balanced, calorie-reduced food plan and engaging in consistent moderate and some intense physical activity will enhance results.
Spot reduction is a myth, however, an ab workout can firm and tone muscles and that will make your belly look better.
Here is a basic belly workout:
Lie on your back and with legs bent, feet flat on the floor, lift your head and roll your shoulders up and down in small but effective movements as many times as comfortably possible. Keep your chin tucked into your chest and use your stomach muscles, not your arms, to create the movement.
Do a sit-up and stay there, head off the floor, chin tucked to chest. With very slight movements, move backward and forward.
You could ramp up your belly-busting activity with some pilates, yoga, Zumba, and kick-boxing.
Pilates and yoga include activities for the mid-section and are a great way to relieve stress. Zumba, and more so, kick-boxing are high impact, high intensity activities. They are highly effective for burning calories and toning the torso.
Best Belly Tips:
1. Eat well, monitor your food.
2. Be active. Get a mix of aerobic (such as Zumba and Kick-boxing) resistance exercise (such as sit-ups and crunches) and stretching exercise (such as yoga and pilates).
3. Stand up straight and tall and simply stand as much as possible instead of sitting.
4. Avoid tight waistbands that cut into your belly causing a bulge.
5. Change your focus. Instead of worrying about your belly, put your energy into enhancing your best features.