Where and how do you start to lose those holiday pounds around your belly? We all know it is the time of year where all of the richest most delicious foods on the planet are thrust in front of our faces at work, at home, and at play. Even at the gym they had a low fat holiday treat for us to enjoy. Most of the weight gained on Americans this holiday season will stagnantly form right around the midsection. Part of the reason why is, it is a sedentary season. In addition, people tend to overeat because the food is right there in front of them. Most people will sit and eat and watch movies and football games and every other kind of sport possible. Meanwhile our waistlines will have grown. Everyone likes lean abs. Not only do you look better, you feel better and stronger. So, what is your plan for losing those holiday pounds around your belly? There is a way to blast belly fat but it is going to require your participation. It will not happen through osmosis. You simply have to cut back on fattening foods, substitute those with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean meats and GET MOVING and blast that belly fat!
If you really want to blast belly fat and have lean abs, the most important thing is to get moving. Don’t wait until two weeks before summer to try to get in shape for the beach. As a matter of fact start today. Approach your holiday eating with a different attitude. Consider cutting back on the sizes of the portions you put on your plate this holiday season. For whatever reason, most people put heaps of food on their plates, even though they may not eat it. This year, limit the size of your servings. Look for some space on your plate between the different foods you have chosen to eat. Then look at someone else’s’ plate and see if you can even see the pattern of the plate. Try adding fewer fats and breads and more vegetables and salads to your plate. The key is to look for color. Mashed potatoes with gravy are definitely good, but it is not a friend to your waistline. And if you decide to eat it, well eat it and enjoy it. Just don’t heap it up. Put half the amount you would normally put, and substitute vegetables for the other half. This is the way to start blasting belly fat.
To achieve your goal of acquiring lean abs, you are going to have to modify your lifestyle. Once you get in the habit of changing the way you eat, incorporating exercise into your life as a regular habit, and enjoying your knew look, you will be motivated to continue. To make it happen, and to keep it off, you have to make your physical fitness a priority in your life. It’s really all about how badly you want to blast the belly fat.
I will say it again – you have to get moving first of all. All of the crunches, side twist, roll-ups, reverse crunches, side planks, and back extenstions in the world won’t help you achieve the look you want if you don’t burn, and blast the belly fat that covers your abs. What you will have is a wonderful set of abs covered up with a layer of fat. The only way to burn the fat is through cardio training and building muscle in addition to a healthy well balanced fat-burning diet. If you want to see changes fast get a regular cardio program and immediately dump fast foods from your life. If you are not used to exercising, start walking. If you need motivation get a partner to walk with you. If you are a runner, you will burn the fat even faster. Then you want to focus on building muscle. The more muscle you have, the less fat you will have. So you definitely want to have a strength-training program. Start light with no weights at first and then gradually add weights. If you think you need or want a trainer – get one. If you want to see real change you need to do cardio at least five times a week for thirty minutes a day. You want to get your heart rate up to the level that is appropriate for you age and physical condition with hopes of improving it as your physical fitness level improves. Ideally an abdominal work out three times a week for at least twenty minutes is great depending on your program. If you feel you can’t last twenty minutes, workout for at least ten minutes. You want to do strength training at least three times a week, which is a total body workout.
Let’s talk food. Starving yourself will not make you lose weight. Ideally you should have five to six small healthy meals and snacks during a day. Instead of snacking out of a vending machine, pick up cashews or walnuts and put them in a zip lock snack bag and take to work with you. Snack on fresh fruit instead of candy. Avoid processed cakes and cookies. These are not your friend. Oatmeal is a great way to start the day and it is healthy. If it is not a taste you can get used to, add your favorite fruit or favorite nuts to it until you get used to the taste. Oatmeal will also lower your cholesterol as an added benefit. Eggs are also optional for achieving your goal A good suggestion for breakfast is a white egg omelet with fresh vegetables in it (onion, garlic, bell pepper). Diets high in fish and less red meat are healthier for you. Again you want to consume lots of fresh vegetables. Peanut butter, tuna fish and whole grain breads are great suggestions for lunches. A diet of fish, chicken, turkey, legumes, and fresh vegetables will put you on the path to youthful abs. More importantly you must remain hydrated. Drink a lot of water and fruit juices. Avoid sodas. You will be surprised what results you can get with just a few small modifications. For six months say NO to hot buttered bread. Say no to eating after 8:00PM at night. Learn to substitute granulated sugar with a different product.
There are several great abdominal work out DVD’s available. Most of them last twenty minutes. Pick up one of these (or request one for Christmas), add in your revised diet, cardio, and strength training and you will see a difference in the size of your middle as it whiddles down and you lose those holiday pounds around your belly.