There’s NO exercise that ‘blasts’ just belly fat? Ugh.. really?? If there was, I’m sure many of us would have put that exercise into practice a long time ago! Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that and here’s the frustrating part: belly fat is really stubborn and doesn’t want to get lost. Why is that?
Without getting too scientific, not allfat cells are created equal and areas like the belly, thighs and hips have those fat cells that don’t go into the night so easily.
What you want to do is reduce your overallbody fat percentage to start seeing those abs appear! Read on for 4 keys to unlock those stubborn fat stores and escort them right off your midsection!
Fasted cardio is cardio you do while your insulin levels are at baseline, or when you haven’t eaten in a while. Your body will burn fat faster because it will go for available fat stores first. Doing cardio first thing in the morning or during the day 4 to 5 hours after you’ve eaten should do the trick.
HIIT stands for ‘High Intensity Interval Training’. During these cardio sessions, you’ll go as hard as you can for a period and then rest for a period and repeat. Studies show HIIT cardio burns more fat over a longer period of time than longer bouts of steady state cardio.
HIIT sessions can last anywhere from 10 – 25 minutes with 30-45 of intense exercise then rest periods of up to 1 min in between. Prolonged cardio eats away at muscle but HIIT sessions helps to preserve muscle and that’s good because muscle helps burn fat!
Prolonged cardio eats away at muscle but HIIT sessions helps to preserve muscle. That’s good because muscle helps burn fat! Don’t just limit those awesome legs to sprinting on the treadmill either. Other cardio alternatives for HIIT include biking, swimming, rowing and dancing to name a few!
If you want to get rid of that stomach, you gotta shed fat everywhere by being in a calorie deficit. This should go without saying BUT sometimes we can be so focused on eating the RIGHT things that were not realizing we’re eating a little TOO much of the right things.
Your meal prepping can be on point as far as nutrients, macros and all that other good stuff, but if you are not eating less than you are expending, that belly fat will give you the side eye and renew it’s lease on your midsection for another year.
Weight training can also help unlock those stubborn fat stores; especially for those who are happy with their weight but just want to get rid of the stubborn jiggle in the midsection. Now I know what you’re thinking. Weight training makes you big and bulky right? Well, weight training does help you build muscle but as long as you are combining it with aerobic exercise and eating in a calorie deficit, it will help preserve the muscle that will accelerate fat loss.
Now…this won’t get rid of the stubborn fat per say, but giving your body the amount of water it needs flushes out that water weight that can bloat your midsection. It also helps keep hunger at bay, help your body properly digest food and shuttle nutrients to your cells and aid in your body’s detoxification process—all of which contributes to a flatter tummy!
Happy fat blasting!!