by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
You’re Not Alone
Millions of people look at pictures of themselves from their youth and wonder where that body went. Sedentary lifestyles and the time constraints of a full-time job make it harder and harder to look after yourself. Whether you just want to lose a pound or two, or you are looking to work off a few more take-out dinners, there are work-outs, products, and diets specifically designed to burn stomach fat and tailored to all needs and lifestyles. However, the health and fitness industry knows how many people wish to tone up this problem area so this guide will try to help you avoid their money-making fads.
Any cardio workouts will help to burn fat from all over your body. Running is one of the most efficient methods of calorie burning, but if that’s not for you then anything which increases your heart rate will do. There are many ways to target stomach fat specifically. Basic crunches are good, but more varied exercises will help tone while you burn stomach fat.
There are many celebrity work-out DVDs designed to burn stomach fat, whether for those getting back in shape after having a baby or for those on a fitness kick. Any will help, but everyone has a different body and some people will prefer different things to others. Motivation is key to losing stomach fat – if you enjoy the vibe of a workout DVD it will encourage you to use it again. You can usually view previews online to help you make your choice.
For something more sociable, try your local aerobics class. The atmosphere of working out in a group and trying to keep up will help to keep you motivated. Most are for men and women, but can be female-dominated.
For home fitness fanatics, there are many products out there designed specifically to target your abs for a stomach fat burning frenzy. One of the most popular is ab-shapers. They are designed to support the head and neck to form the perfect body shape for a crunch. By forcing your abs to do all the work, they lead to faster results when trying to lose stomach fat and tone your abs.
For those who don’t have time to incorporate a dedicated workout into their daily routine, EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) belts are a discrete and convenient option. By careful stimulation of the abdominal muscles, EMS belts cause the muscles to contract and relax just as though you were performing a crunch. This burns stomach fat without you having to lift a finger or take a second out of your day. These belts range from the very cheap to the very expensive, but it’s worth getting a well-tested, medically approved model.
Losing stomach fat is no good if you’re just going to put it back on again the same day. You don’t have to live off of lettuce leaves, but simple changes like adjusting portion sizes at meal times can really help. There are too many guides and tips on dieting out there to mention here, so find one that suits your lifestyle. Always be sensible – crash diets are bad for your health and the effects never last. In some cases, very simple dietary adjustments can be all you need to start shedding pounds and waving goodbye to unsightly stomach fat!