Monday, 10 November 2008

Abs Workouts Alone Will Not Get Rid of Stomach Fat

If you have too much belly fat that you want to get rid of then you might want to know how to get six pack abs and finally get a flatter stomach. Maybe you believe that abdominal workouts are the best way of losing the excess fat from your stomach but the truth is, you don't lose belly fat by doing exercises that target the stomach area.

Nearly everyone has some extra unwanted fat in the abdominal area but so many try to burn it off by just by working on their abdominal muscles instead of focusing on the whole of their body.

They are under the misconception that different combinations of abs exercises will create the perfect workout that will finally get them the flat stomach that they want so badly. The sad thing is that so many people still believe that in order to get rid of belly fat, you need to do abs workouts every day using hundreds of reps.

The bad news is that abs exercises alone will not burn off the fat from your belly. All they will do is strengthen and tone the underlying abdominal muscles. Using abs exercises in isolation will not produce the metabolic rate increase necessary to burn off the extra belly fat covering your abs. You must implement a whole-body training program that will boost your body’s metabolism enough to produce the hormonal response that burns off the fat.

Now you might be thinking that simply doing cardiovascular workouts will produce the increased metabolic response that you need for fat burning. Unfortunately, this is still not enough. What you really need is a more intensive training program that works on the entire body, which includes resistance training, and multi-joint exercises.

A high intensity whole body training routine performed regularly, combined with a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet is the secret to losing the extra belly fat covering up your abs. In fact, some of the more difficult body exercises will strengthen the abdominals indirectly anyway in many positions.
This is much better for getting rid of the fat than abs workouts involving crunches and leg raises.

This article is not saying that abdominal exercises are useless but that they must be part of an overall exercise routine to get the most out of them. They will strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles and help your posture but they will not produce the fat loss on their own.

The most important factors for fat loss are a full body resistance training routine and a healthy balanced diet.

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Two Flat Stomach Secrets For Women

By Holly Rigsby, CPT
www.FitYummyMummy.com

Lady with flat stomach

Have you tried everything under the sun to get a flat stomach, only to come up disappointed? Have you fallen prey to all the gimmicks, fad diets and shameless infomercials promising you that elusive flat stomach that you desire?

Well fret no more, I'm going to let you in on the two 'secrets' that will help you shed unwanted fat and reveal your toned, flat stomach once and for all.

The first secret for a flat stomach is eating supportively. While this doesn't seem like a secret at all, most women get this wrong in spite of their best – but misguided – efforts. Women have fallen prey to low-fat, low-carb, Hollywood, grapefruit, South Beach and every other over hyped diet that marketers can dream up, all in hopes of shedding those unwanted pounds. But eating supportively is isn't about dieting or deprivation; it's about moderation and balance. While cutting carbs or fats out of your nutrition plan might give you a temporary loss of a couple of pounds, it's typically followed by a drop in metabolism and a weight gain of more than you lost in the first place once you go back to your old eating habits.

So what is eating supportively? Eating supportively is having protein and carbohydrates at every meal. It's grazing on 4-6 meals or snack each day instead of missing meals and then gorging yourself. It's enjoying a healthy breakfast and not drinking your calories. But most of all, eating supportively is enjoying the foods you love in moderation instead of in excess.

If eating supportively is the first secret to a flat stomach, then what's the second? The second flat stomach secret is resistance training. Unfortunately, just as fad diets have stood in the path of women achieving the flat stomachs they so desired, so have the myths of spot reduction and cardio being the best method for fat loss. Late night infomercials have long promoted gadgets that promised to spot reduce those trouble spots that women struggle with and sucked us in with testimonials from fitness models that undoubtedly picked up a nifty paycheck for endorsing their wares. But spot reduction is a myth. Think about it – have you ever met someone with a flat stomach and fat arms? Didn't think so. If spot reduction was possible then undoubtedly one of these happy customers would have toned and tightened their stomach, yet kept their flabby arms.

The other myth that has led women astray is the belief that cardio is the best solution for fat loss. Treadmill manufacturers have sold the virtues of the 'fat burning zone' and led us to believe that we could plod along on a treadmill watching Oprah and before long a flat stomach would be ours. These two myths have diverted us from the path of what really does work – resistance training. Resistance training is a flat stomach's best friend because not only does an effective resistance training session burn plenty of calories while you're doing it, but it keeps you're metabolism revved long after you're done. One recent study showed that you're metabolism would stay elevated for over 36 hours after a resistance training session.

Try to get that out of an aerobics class.

And there's another benefit of resistance training when it comes to getting a flat stomach. The lean muscle that you gain will raise you're resting metabolic rate and help you burn more fat all day long, each and every day.

There you have it, two 'secrets' that are guaranteed to boost your metabolism and give you that flat stomach you've been longing for. So ditch the diet books and the aerobics classes and start eating supportively and resistance training. Before long that flat stomach will finally be yours.

About the Author

Holly Rigsby is a nationally recognized women’s fitness coach, certified personal trainer (CPT) and the author of the internationally popular e-book – Fit Yummy Mummy - Burn Your Baby Fat & Get Your Body Back. Go to http://www.fityummymummy.com to get your FREE copy of her special report: "The Five Ways To Boost Your Metabolism."