It’s often an area that is at the top of everyone’s list – the tummy! It can be a particularly tough area to tackle and for some it becomes an endless cycle of eating and excercising with very little results. Our personal trainers are going to guide you through the contributing factors and targeting exercises for losing lower belly fat.
It’s safe to say that body fat is most certainly a contributing factor for this particular area of the body. It’s important to reduce your overall bodyfat percentage to really see any results within your stomach area. As we all know, you can’t spot reduce. You need to have a good effective workout workout, a healthy, clean diet and nutrition plan – making sure that you’re conscientious about eating clean foods. Try to stay away from processed foods and too many carbs, get your protein and as always – drink plenty of water! You can also try some tea; Moderate exercisers who stocked up on the antioxidants found in green tea—called catechins—were more likely to lose abdominal fat while exercising than those who didn’t take them.
You will also want to make sure that you’re getting in some good cardio exercise throughout the week, whether you’re running, doing plyometrics; whatever it is, just getting that heartrate up!
Underdeveloped abdominal muscles can also be a big contributing foactor. Let’s say you haven’t been exercising and training for a while, perhaps you’ve even gone through some pregnancies. Your lifestyle and experiences are all contributing factors to your both your body fat and the strength of your body muscles. Posture and pelvic tilt can also be another factor. Luckily there are exercises that target your abdominal muscles so that you can begin to strengthen in that area, and in particular abdominal muscle exercises will help to strengthen and tone your abs – just be sure to vary your workouts to be the most effective. Yoga can be particularly good!
Don’t neglect your cardio either, aerobic training burns 67% more calories than resistance training or a combination of the two, according to studies.
Sleep also has a big part to play here. Studies show that getting only 5 hours or less sleep a night can increase visceral fat levels, so you should really be aiming to get at least 8 hours a night. Not only that, but breaking the habit of sleeping in on the weekends is also going to help. You want to keep your ‘body clock’ consistent, and that also goes for keeping sticking to your morning routine and kick starting your metabolism with a healthy breakfast.
All in all, you should aim for increasing your overall fitness, your posture and focusing on burning body fat in general. By having an effective exercise plan and a good, healthy, nutritional diet you can ensure that your entire body is getting the attention that it needs, not just one particular area. You’ll find that by boosting your metabolism, eating clean and having fun with your workouts will do wonders for how you look and feel as a whole, and we’d be delighted to guide you every step of the way.