If your goal is to burn stomach fat, this article is for you!
Mike Jackson, a nutritional consultant, and physique transformation specialist shares his thoughts on what he considers to be the best exercises to burn stomach fat.
Running or walking
If you were thinking that there was a way of targeting stomach fat directly, you were wrong. We were, too! According to experts, your fat settles wherever your body decides (thank you, genetics), so you need to start moving in order to start burning fat, wherever it is. And guess what: Running and walking are two of the best fat-burning exercises.
Elliptical trainers provide an intense, low-impact cardio workout. In fact, a 145-lb. person can burn about 300 calories in 30 minutes on an elliptical trainer. So if you don't feel like going out and running outside, you can absolutely go for this option. It will also be more gentle on your joints.
Another excellent low-impact exercise and a perfect activity altogether. Not to mention that is also a sustainable and eco-friendly means of transportation. Depending on the speed and intensity, an average person can burn between 250 to 500 calories during a 30-minute ride.
However, just exercising is not enough to burn your belly fat. You also have to change some daily habits:
1. Eat protein!
Eating adequate amounts of protein prevents hunger and preserves muscle mass. If you are not already eating a source of lean protein like salmon, eggs, or lentils at every meal, now is the time to start. Not only is it incredibly satiating, but it also protects your body composition while you lose weight.
2. Drink enough water every day...
In a 12-week study from the University of Birmingham, obese adults who drank 500 ml of water half an hour before eating their main meals lost 3.5 kg more than a control group that drank once or not at all. "Try to drink six to eight glasses of water each day," the specialists say.
3. Avoid alcohol and sodas
There is a reason why it is called "beer belly". Besides being high in calories, alcohol lowers levels of leptin - the hunger suppressant - making you want to eat more. A study by the University of Verona found that even moderate alcohol consumption is linked to carrying more fat in the belly. On the other hand, soft drinks are loaded with artificial sweeteners that wreak havoc on the waistline.