A lot of people who are new to training and who want to get rid of unwanted belly fat think that the best way to achieve this goal is to simply do hundreds of abdominal crunches per day. The fact is that crunches or any other exercise that directly targets your abdominal muscles will not help you to eliminate belly fat! These exercises are muscle building exercises, think of them like biceps curls for your abs.
The main reason why people have belly fat is simply that their overall levels of body fat are too high and if you want to eliminate belly fat you need to focus on driving your levels of body fat down!
Stop doing crunches, sit-ups, or any other exercise that targets your abdominal muscles!
If you want to eliminate belly fat then you need to stop doing direct abdominal exercises. Why?
Simply because they are not as demanding in terms of energy as big compound exercises that make all of the muscle groups within your body work really hard.
We have learned with the help of BackTo30 that the main reason why you have belly fat is simply that your overall levels of body fat are too high. The best way to reduce your overall levels of body fat is to simply increase your daily energy expenditure and decrease your energy intake. By doing so you will force your body to automatically look for other, alternative, sources of energy which are fats that are stored throughout your whole body.
One of the best ways to increase your daily energy expenditure is to start training with weights and focus on doing big compound exercises! I know that intuitively you might think that to eliminate belly fat it would be better to train your abs directly, but that is not the case!
Imagine that your muscles are like an engine. A big engine needs a lot of energy, therefore if you will focus on doing exercises that target large muscles such as the chest, back and legs you will be burning ridiculous amounts of energy during your workouts which eventually means that you will eliminate belly fat faster. What exercises am I talking about? I’m talking about:
- Barbell squats
- Barbell bench press
- Barbell shoulder press
- Bent over barbell rows
These six exercises will not help you to get rid of unwanted body fat, but they will also help you to shape up all of your muscles. Nice, eh?
The best way to eliminate belly fat is to improve your eating habits!
We have learned that the main reason why you have got belly fat is simply that your overall levels of body fat are too high. I will tell you that the best way to drive your levels of body fat down is to simply improve your eating habits!
Over months or possibly over years you gave your body too much energy which came in a form of calories. This excess energy was left unused and transformed into fats which are now stored throughout your whole body. To eliminate body fat you will have to learn how to force your body to start using those fat stores as a source of energy.
One of the best ways to do this is to simply create an energy deficit by giving your body less energy than it actually needs. If you will do so you will force your body to start burning body fats to release new energy! Not so long ago I have written an article about fat loss diets so if you want to learn about nutrition and fat loss then make sure that you read it!