4 Strategies To Burning Belly Fat

The amount of misinformation I see these days is staggering.  Let us discuss exactly how you go about burning belly fat and getting a super sexy flat tummy or even a six pack. 

First, let us dispel some very old misconceptions:

  • You cannot spot reduce fat - Forget all the nonsense on belly fat burning foods or exercises that only target your abs.
  • Abs are made in the kitchen - Half true. Yes, diet is critical, but what is hiding those abdominals is subcutaneous fat. To see that washboard of yours we must burn off the fat first and exercise is the best way to accomplish that.

 Four strategies to help you burn belly fat: 

  1. Since we cannot spot reduce fat, the only way to ever get those flat abs is to burn body fat overall. For this reason, HIIT workouts, exercises that work multiple muscle groups simultaneously (like push ups, burpees, squat thrusters etc.) and weight lifting are going to be the most effective fitness strategies for bringing out your six pack because they are the most metabolic. Hours of cardio and hundreds of crunches are not the way forward here.
  2. Now, while there are not foods that literally target burning belly fat, there are foods that can drive the production of certain hormones that can trigger our body to store more fat on our tummy. The two most infamous are cortisol and insulin. Limit your intake of processed sugars and salt, refined flour and alcohol consumption. These changes can go a long way in helping you towards burning off belly fat.
  3. Drink water. Contrary to another popular misconception there is no specific amount of water you should ingest. Everyone has different needs based on genetics, activity level, the environment they live in etc. The key is to drink water until your urine looks as clear as lemonade. If it looks like apple juice, keep drinking. The reason this helps flatten your tummy is: hydration can boost fat metabolism by up to 3% and drinking water flushes out excess bloat and water weight you might be holding on to.
  4. Eat foods high in vitamin C. Citrus and berries are loaded with vitamin C. This is because it is thought that vitamin C can help inhibit cortisol production.


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