Hearing someone complaining about how they diet and do crunches like crazy but they still have some fat on the tummy is not that uncommon. If that be the case with you too, then know that it’s because you’re doing something wrong, FitSugar points out. The good news, though, is that, by paying attention to a few important aspects, you’re bound to shift that fat in almost no time.
For starters, the crunches. As per the fitness-oriented magazine, doing crunches is not the way to go to get flat board abs. Of course, they will help build muscle on the abdomen and make way for the famous six-pack, but it’s not guaranteed to make the fat go away. For that, you need to start having regular cardio sessions, these being the most recommended for burning the extra calories, says Fit Sugar.
The second golden rule would be to make sure the cardio routine is done accordingly. In order to see results and, most importantly, to see the results you were hoping for, see that you do a minimum of 12 minutes of continuous, high intensity cardio for at least four days a week. Otherwise, results will tardy in becoming visible. Another useful tip in the battle against the fat tummy is starting interval training, which is shown to be very effective in terms of burning calories and targets the waistline in particular.
The following reasons have to do with your diet. “You’re skipping breakfast. It would make sense that eating less would help you lose weight, but you should never skip meals, especially the first meal of the day. Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, regulates your blood sugar levels, and gives you energy until lunch. Make sure your breakfast choice is high in protein and fiber to fill you up and eliminate the need for you to snack on M&M’s mid-morning,” the e-zine writes.
“You follow the three-meals-a-day rule. Eating three meals a day was a standard way of eating many years ago, but the problem with this plan is that you end up starving by the time it’s mealtime, which can translate to stuffing yourself silly with huge portions. It’s best to eat three regular meals and one or two healthy snacks throughout the day. Spacing out your calories and eating every three or so hours regulates your blood sugar and controls the release of insulin that can cause your body to store more calories as fat,” FitSugar adds.
Another thing you should keep in mind if you follow all these rules but still see no result is to keep a close tab on your alcohol intake. You could be eating right and getting enough exercise, and then ruin it all with one too many cocktails at the end of the working day.