Monday, February 18, 2008

How To Get Rid Of Stomach Fat- Let The Journey Begin

Numerous studies have shown that fat accumulating around the belly is not just additional unnecessary weight, but also is linked with higher levels of diabetes, heart disease and higher cholesterol. So learning how to get rid of stomach fat can not only help you look and feel better, it can also contribute to your overall health.

Of course, the beer belly is aptly named and is a great example on what causes that excessive, overhanging gut. Beer is full of empty calories and can cause changes in liver and pancreatic functions. These changes can affect how sugar is processed usually in a negative manner.

Foods high in sugar, fats (especially artificial trans-fats) and empty calories all target those areas where you are likely to gain weight. In almost all people, the belly is one of the weight gain areas. So as part of the plan to lose your stomach fat, you absolutely must cut down on foods high in sugar, fats and carbohydrates.

In addition to dietary changes, there are some exercises you can do to help tone and increase muscle mass within the belly area. Although these exercises alone won't decrease belly fat, by increasing muscle mass, you will burn more calories to maintain that mass and your belly will start to look different because you're changing the underlying shape of your own body.

Some exercises that target the stomach area include the sit-ups and crunches. These are two exercises that are well known and have many slight variations to target different muscle. Toning regimens such as pilates and yoga target multiple muscle groups, which includes the stomach muscles.

However, in addition to muscle toning exercises, you absolutely must include cardio to your regimen. One good way to reduce stomach fat is to alternate toning muscles and cardio exercises on a daily basis. Cardio exercises include walking, jogging, kickboxing and dancing.

It's taken some people years to learn how to get rid of stomach fat, but the secret is this: Combine healthy nutrition habits with cardio and muscle toning exercises and you will definitely start to see a difference!

John Whelan is a Freelance Writer & Fitness Enthusiast who enjoys helping others achieve their goals.

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