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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Path to a Flat Stomach: All You Need to Grab Those Perfect Set of Six-Packs

By Leif Oakman

Belly fat is one of the most dangerous forms of unhealthy fat that forces us to make severe changes to our lifestyle. Our desires to eat tasty food or travel even the shortest distance by motorized transport have made our bodies more vulnerable to serious diseases. We try to counter that fat deposition by signing up with personal trainers, following fancy diets but nothing seems to make a difference.

The amount of time we spend focusing on exercising our abdominal muscles, directly, leaves us extremely tired and satisfied, but other than blowing money on equipment and memberships, they do us little good. As our muscles get stronger, we keep piling on the reps, but those six-packs will never show under all that un-burnt fat!

So how do you tone your stomach and get that perfect look? The answer lies in two important details - each useless without the other.

Understanding the concepts of fat reduction in the human body is key to reducing belly flab. Spending hours on those crunches and leg raises may work for your abdominal muscles, but if you cannot get rid of the fat in front of those muscles, what is the point of working on them? Getting those muscles out and in public view requires you to burn that abdominal fat through a detailed and dedicated process of exercise and a focused dietary regimen.

Your exercise routine should be something that is simple and easy to follow and encourages you to be completely dedicated to it at all times. Your age, gender or physical stature should not pose any kind of obstacle because a good exercise is a good exercise, period. Just follow a simple, but intense, full-body routine and you will end up with lean muscle all year 'round.

Women tend to stay away from weight-training, thinking they would bulk-up with heavy weights. In the process, they end up ignoring the best way of staying lean through the year. They also end up giving more attention to cardio exercises, which is an unnecessary routine. Sit-ups or crunches are also visited frequently however, they offer little in terms of increased abdominal strength and almost nothing in terms of abdominal fat reduction.

As the human body gets accustomed to working out a particular muscle group, that muscle group gains strength and is capable of taking more punishment. We pile on the reps in the hopes of making a difference, but all we are doing is making the muscle stronger and relying on cardio to take care of the flab. The concept of introducing variable intensity training and attacking the body's metabolism is almost unknown in most health circuits. If you stick to our exercise & dietary regimen, a mere five minutes, twice a week, of abdominal exercises is all you need to guarantee that your stomach ends up in perfect shape.

Exercise routines, especially those with multiple repetitions, are the main cause of boredom in physical training. Once you get bored of your routine, quitting comes easily as the next step. Instead, increasing the complexity of the exercise or combining two or more different elements into one single technique can increase the difficulty level and pose a unique challenge to your physical and mental capabilities. Reps need to be fewer in number but harder in terms of resistance to ensure better outcome. Adding in certain special movements into a full-body routine can do wonders for all muscle groups.

Some people try to push their body to its physical limits but fail to understand the true essence of what needs to be done to guarantee tighter abs. Increasing the metabolic rate as well as calorie-burning are the primary goals of exercise and if your routine isn't doing both, you need a strategy re-think. Vary your exercise's intensity regularly and you will find a whole different set of results from those hours in training.

However, simply focusing on full-body routines will be a waste of time if you do not support it with the right kind of food. Diets are of all kinds and a simple search over the Internet will throw up plenty of exciting and interesting looking options. However, you don't need any of the fancy nomenclature because a simple nutrient-rich diet based on natural foods is the best way to guarantee a healthy and energetic body.

Staying away from packaged and processed food is the key! A few changes here and there can go a long way, not just in the way your body reacts to what you eat, but also in terms of the energy reserves it creates for those exercise routines.

Keeping the contents of your diet clean and fresh, with plenty of nutrients coming in, is the perfect addition to that strenuous exercise routine. Not only do you make sure that your abs stay lean and tight, you guarantee a fantastic lifestyle for years to come.

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