How Do You Lose The Stubborn Fat Around Your Waist?

Reasons Why You Might Not Be Getting The Toned Midsection You're Looking For

By Janet Smith, PEERtrainer Health and Fitness Writer
Have you been working out, trying to trim your midsection without results?  Don’t feel bad.  Losing belly fat seems to be the goal of a lot of people and most don’t get the results they’re after.

There are several possible causes for keeping the belly fat. 

Cause #1:  Doing only one activity.   Many people have the idea that they can do crunches or sit-ups and lose their belly fat. Granted these two exercises will tone and build your core muscles.  But that is just what they do.  They firm and build the muscles.  This doesn’t necessarily cause you to lose the fat that’s over the muscles.  Keep in mind, the only way to lose fat is by burning more calories than you consume.  So if you’re doing crunches and then snacking to relieve the hunger from the exercising, chances are you’re not going to lose much belly fat.

Cause #2:  Your Diet.  It is a scientific fact you must burn more calories than you consume to lose fat.  The only way fat is burned from the body, is when the body needs more fuel than the food you eat can provide.  So, if you’re trying to lose belly fat, make sure to watch what goes in.  Top recommendations are lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fresh fruits and vegetable are high-nutrient, low-calorie foods is just what you want if you’re trying to lose fat.

Cause #3.  Only Making Changes To Your Diet And Not Working Out. Some people think all they need to do is to change their diet to lose the belly fat.  While changing your diet will help you lose weight, it is only half the total picture for optimal weight loss.  To lose weight and get a toned body the best method is by controlling diet and exercise.  Eat a healthy diet low on calories, high in nutrients and exercise at least thirty minutes a day. 

Muscles burn fat even during rest.  The more tone your muscles have, the more energy they require.   Build your muscles and you will lose body fat.

Unfortunately, your body’s fat burning methods aren’t  designed to choose where the fat comes from.  You will lose fat from all areas of your body including your belly as long as you burn  more calories than you consume.  The best way to do that is by choosing a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits and to exercise regularly. 

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