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Learn How To Lose Tummy Fat

By Richard Jacobs

As most of us reach the middle age of our life, we begin to add on a few pounds here and there, particularly in the stomach region. These extra pounds used to be considered annoying but harmless, just a part of aging. But we know now that it can be extremely harmful for your health.

You need to learn how to lose tummy fat because it is directly tied to terrible conditions ranging from heart disease and some cancers, to diabetes and hypertension.

It’s also important to understand the different types of fat in your midsection. The first is subcutaneous, which is just under the skin, and is the fat you actually see and can grab. The second is visceral, which surrounds the organs and intestines within the body. This second variety is much more harmful, which highlights why there’s much more than appearance at stake when you want to lose tummy fat. Through nutrition and exercise however, both of these tummy fat types can be combated and you can end up much healthier.

Exercise is important for two reasons, because it both boosts our metabolism and builds new muscle mass, each leads to you succeeding with your goal to lose tummy fat.

Dieting and Nutrition

Sometimes people eat far too little with their nutritional program, and end up seeing worse results than they would have otherwise. Our metabolism doesn’t burn calories when it’s being starved, instead it stores them to try to keep you alive.

With that in mind, it makes more sense to reduce our intake to between 1,800 and 2,000 calories, which is slightly below maintenance levels.

It is important to also maintain a diet log, keeping track of everything we eat so we have an accurate measure of caloric intake. Make one up for a week or so prior to beginning the fat loss diet, then cut calories accordingly.

It is also very important not to eat “bad” carbohydrates or oils. Refined sugars, starches and grains are sources of simple carbohydrates and will sabotage your dieting. Stay away from bread made from flour of any type, pasta and processed rice.

Don’t eat prepared foods, that is, those that only require warming before serving. These are usually filled with chemical preservatives, including high-fructose corn syrup.

Your diet should mainly consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, unprocessed meats, poultry and fish. Alcohol consumption (empty calories converted to sugar by our metabolism) should also be minimized.

In the beginning of a diet plan, you want to sharply reduce carbohydrate intake in order to help get the process of losing weight started.

At some point as you lose tummy fat the progress is going to slow or reach a plateau, and that hopefully means you’re getting to your maintenance level, which is a healthy target.

Another step of your diet should be to increase your protein to represent 25% of your total calories. Chicken, fish, beans and legumes, and pork and beef are all good protein sources.

Don’t rely too heavily on soy protein, which our bodies are not entirely adapted to. They don’t provide all of the amino acids that the human body needs for muscle growth and proper functioning.

Exercising to Lose Tummy Fat

Muscle mass in your body burns three times more calories than an equal amount of fat, which means that exercise to build muscle will greatly increase your metabolism and help you to lose tummy fat.

Join a local health and fitness club or the YWCA and have a trainer set up a program of weight training. Minimize the cardiovascular exercises because they don’t really burn fat, but instead diminish muscle tissue.

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