Burning Belly Fat: A quick lesson

I think everyone on the planet has done a few extra crunches to burn the fat stored in the midsection. But does all the gut-busting exercises get rid of the belly fat?

Believe it or not, everybody has the same “6-pack” abdominal musculature; but we each have different amounts of fat covering them. And fat is nothing more than stored energy from a surplus of ingested calories.

While strengthening exercises such as crunches can add significant muscle tone, the amount of calories this type of exercise burns is very limited. In all honesty, you can do crunches until the cows come home, and it might make you feel better, but you will not burn the belly fat doing so.

Have you ever seen a tennis player with one fat arm and one skinny arm? No, you haven’t. When your body burns fat, it does not simply burn it in the area of the working muscle, it burns it from all over the body. Because tennis players get more exercise with one arm vs. the other, many studies have been done with them only to find that they have the same amount of fat on both arms.

You will often notice the greatest fat reduction where it is stored the most, which for many is the midsection.

The best thing you can do to see the 6-pack abs, is to lean out. Many of the fitness models seen in advertisements with rock hard abs have not only leaned out for the photo shoot, but also have been run through the entire Photoshop software.  Also, like myself when winning Mr. Ohio, cannot maintain that condition for the long haul. I personally had to get to 7% body fat, which is very lean, in order to see my abs. It was not a realistic lifestyle to maintain, so today I settle for flat stomach but with no 6-pack showing.

Remember, you must create a deficit of 3500 calories through exercise, diet, or more easily a combination of the two, in order to burn one pound of fat.

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