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Stubborn Belly Fat

Losing stubborn belly fat involves a combination of healthy diet and cardiovascular exercises. The following article elaborates more on this traditional method of losing unwanted fat.
A fat midsection (belly ) is quite embarrassing for many and can contribute to low self-esteem. This is because a bulging belly draws a lot of flak and attracts unfriendly stares. Unhealthy diet and lack of exercise are the primary reasons why people gain abdominal fat.

How to Go From Fat to Flat
Healthy food choices and following an exercise routine daily are some of the lifestyle modifications necessary to flatten the belly. It is explained in detail below:

Exercises
One of the best ways to reduce the size of the waistline is to daily perform cardiovascular exercises. Here are some exercises for a flatter tummy:
  • Running and Jogging
  • Fast Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
Running: Running is a whole body workout and is one of the few activities to burn belly fat fast. One can either run outdoors in open fresh air (preferably in the morning) or indoors on a treadmill. However, running does put excessive strain on the knee joints, especially in overweight people. So, if you face difficulty in doing this cardio workout, a daily brisk walk is recommended.

Walking: As aforementioned, walking is the easiest option to flatten the belly. Keep in mind that slow walking will not help in any way. Walking at a rapid pace for at least an hour everyday, is a must to reduce the tummy size.

Cycling: Another good exercise that can provide amazing results within a short time is cycling. This form of exercise help to reduce both belly and thigh fat. Bicycling daily for at least 30 to 40 minutes, is a proven approach to reduce the belly size.

Jogging: Stomach fat is also receptive to cardiovascular exercises like jogging. It is one of the best low-impact workouts for losing stomach fat. You need to jog for at least 40 minutes daily to decrease fat around the midsection.

Swimming: Swimming is a fun way to exercise and reduce tummy size. This cardio workout requires a lot of energy as one has to deal with water resistance while swimming. In order to lose abdominal fat, you need to swim for at least 30 minutes everyday, that too at a vigorous pace.

Hiking: Hiking is yet another way to lose weight and slim down. Those who are finding cardio workouts monotonous, can occasionally go for hiking.

Diet
One cannot simply ignore diet and concentrate only on exercise, when it comes to losing stomach fat. Keeping good eating habits is imperative to eliminate fat around the waistline. There are quite a few fat burning foods that help to decrease belly size. Foods high in protein such as eggs, beans, oatmeal, whole grains, lean meat as well as dairy products like low-fat milk and non-fat yogurt, can help to reduce fat. Eating these foods in appropriate proportions (sensible eating) is the key to stimulate significant loss in abdominal fat. When it comes to reducing weight and belly size, consuming junk and sugary foods such as cakes and pastries should be avoided.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.
By Nicks J
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