Posted On 19 Sep 2010
What’s the best exercise to lose belly fat?
There’s good news and bad news.
The bad news is that, unless you exercise for hours daily like some professional or world-class athletes, exercise is not the most important single step for producing a trim waistline. Eating well is.
In particular, that means keeping your daily carbohydrate intake low (below 25 grams) and consuming sufficient fats and proteins from natural sources just like our successful Stone Age ancestors did. Eat a meal about every 3 or 4 waking hours and drink plenty of clean water.
In terms of macronutrients, get 15 to 25 grams of protein per meal with most of the rest of the calories coming from natural fats. Get some carbs from (preferably organic) vegetables like spinach, peppers, and broccoli, which will provide fiber as well as phytonutrients.
In other words, the best exercise to enjoy a trim waistline is to exercise dietary discretion!
The good news is that, if you supplement this kind of eating plan with exercise, you will quickly lose belly fat.
The reason for this is that the subcutaneous fat elsewhere in your body is less metabolically active than belly (stomach, visceral) fat. So, whether you are apple-shaped or pear-shaped, the first place you are likely to see fat loss is your stomach.
Even though spot reduction doesn’t work, this is why it can seem to work.
There are three kinds of exercise that are all effective in the long run that you can use to reduce your overall percentage of body fat.
To exercise to lose belly fat as quickly as possible, do both mild and intense fitness exercise. For example, 2 or 3 times weekly do interval training or GXP (graded exercise protocol) and, on the other days, do brisk walking (for at least half an hour).
To exercise to lose belly fat over the long haul, also do strength training twice a week.
On my lasting-weight-loss.com site, you’ll find detailed descriptions of how to do all three kinds of exercise well. You’ll also find there psychological aids (such as self-talk and meditation) that can be extremely helpful.
There’s no magic bullet exercise to lose belly fat. It’s really a matter of installing the right rituals in your life. Yes, they are not easy to install, but they are easy to live with.
The only alternative is to fall easily into bad habits and they are not easy to live with.
You now understand how to eat and exercise to lose belly fat. It’s just a matter of beginning to do it and persisting.
Don’t try to change everything at once; instead, install one new habit every month or two. If you do, you will feel better, look better, be more energetic, and probably be healthier) in just a few months.
Let me know how this works for you.
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