Excess belly fat is a problem for many women. Its the type of thing that can creep up on you – and suddenly its there… And you say to yourself – “where did that come from??” For some reason fat in this area seems to be harder to get rid of. Well the solution is to target belly fat with a combination of exercise and diet.
There are only two things you need to do to eliminate belly fat:
- Undertake a regular cardiovascular exercise program
- Eliminate all processed foods
Cardiovascular exercise also known as aerobic exercise or cardio is the type of exercise that increases your heart rate for an extended time period. Be aware that abdominal exercise alone will not get rid of belly fat. It may strengthen your muscles – but they will be hidden behind a layer of fat. Cardio involves exercising to the point of being out of breath and keeping going. Examples are running, bicycling, aerobics, swimming etc. Before undertaking a cardio program always consult a doctor.
You should attempt to do this type of exercise on a regular basis – five days per week and for around 40 minutes. If you do this you will burn off calories and strengthen your heart and major muscle groups. It will also do wonders for your mind and help to relieve stress.
Eliminate Processed Foods
Processed foods start of as regular foods which are then treated and altered to give them a longer shelf life and to make them more palatable to consumers. Vital nutrients such as fiber and vitamins are removed and often they are enriched with preservatives, trans fats, sugar and sodium. All processed foods should be eliminated as it encourages belly fat and general ill health.
Replace processed foods with natural, organic, healthy foods including nuts, fruits and vegetables. There are certain foods that are natural fat burners and these include citrus fruit, almonds, walnuts, oats, salmon and eggs. Be wary of the amount of carbohydrates that you ingest and always stick to whole grains. Drink lots of pure water as this is essential to your daily health and essential for a detox diet.
Make these changes and make it part of your new healthy lifestyle. Shed that belly fat and enjoy health!!
Always check with a medical doctor before dieting or starting any type of exercise program. As a last resort if you have tried everything you can also consider cosmetic surgery / liposuction as a way to get rid of fat
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