Stomach fat can be a challenge for many overweight individuals. It can make you feel unattractive as well as sluggish in our daily lives. Extra fat around our mid-section also increases the risk of many serious health issues. Our risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol go way up when we have excessive belly fat. Losing stomach fat is crucial for overall good health and well-being.
The tips below are essential in taking the necessary steps to remove stomach fat once and for all. It’s a good idea to consult with your doctor beforehand to get a complete physical. Be sure to get your starting weight, body measurements, and any bloodwork necessary, particularly for your cholesterol levels. Ask your doctor if you are capable of starting a new eating and workout regimen.
Tip # 1 – Our eating habits are critical in determining how much weight we are to lose. Counting calories and weighing food may work for some people, but if you are busy like I am, you need an easy method to eat healthily. My goal is to eat healthy 80% of the time. The way I do this is to focus on foods that are not processed. This means eating more lean meats, seafood, fresh vegetables, good fats, and fruit. Keep the diet simple with the natural food and you will be eating healthy a majority of the time.
Tip # 2 – Getting enough exercise is necessary for overall good health as well as burning off extra fat. I’m not able to spend hours working out and chances are you are not able to either. A more efficient form of exercise that I have adopted is interval training with my own body weight and free-weights. Intervals provide full-body workouts in much less time. I can get a workout done in 45 minutes a few times per week. They provide the right intensity and burn fat effectively.
Tip # 3 – Create a low-budget home gym. Contrary to popular belief, a home gym does not require fancy gym equipment. For intervals, all that you need at home are dumbbells (light and heavy), adjustable bench or stability ball, and elastic bands. Any extras are a plus but are not required.
Tip # 4 – To keep boredom from setting in, change up your workouts often. The great thing about interviews is that you can mix and match tons of body weight exercises into one routine. You can also workout outdoors for a change of pace. Try a park or playground that has monkey bars and incorporated them in by doing pull-ups. Keep things fresh and you will not tire of working out.
Tip # 5 – Monitor your progress with a journal. A composition book or notebook will do. Track your current weight, measurements, and anything else you want. Keep notes of the amounts of weights you use, how many reps and sets you can complete. Make sure you are constantly challenging yourself. You will find it rewarding to be able to look back on your progress.
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