You’ve tried them all – the low carb diets, the six pack ab workouts, the ab blasting infomercial gadgets. And, while your wallet is appreciably lighter, your waistline certainly isn’t. In fact, it just keeps on growing. Before you throw in the towel and resign yourself to a forever fat future, however, consider our Top 5 list of Unusual Ways to Lose Body Fat.
They may seem to go against the grain of conventional weight loss wisdom, but just consider what conventional wisdom has done for us. We are now slap bang in the middle of an obesity epidemic. We have simply got to start doing things differently if we want to improve the results. So, forget what you’ve always been doing and open your mind to the real ways to take control of your belly fat.*
Eat More Often
Food is fuel. We need a continual supply of it throughout the day. Eating the traditional three meals per day is not the way to get it. You should, in fact, be eating every three waking hours. That adds to between 5 and 6 meals per day. Each of those meals should contain about the same number of calories, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Not only will getting into the multi meal habit stop you from craving and snacking, it will also rev up your metabolism.
Get More Sleep
Poor sleep habits are preventing millions of people from realizing the weight loss goals. Lack of sleep, according to recent research, plays havoc on three key hormones – Leptin, Ghrelin and Cortisol. Leptin is the gate-keeper of fat metabolism and the regulator of hunger. When you can’t sleep, that process is thrown out of whack. Enhanced Grehlin levels don’t just make you hungry -they also slow down your metabolism as well as decreasing the body’s ability to Lose Body Fat. And excess cortisol in the body directly causes the accumulation of fat in the abdominal area.
Thirst makes you hungry. Sipping water all day long will, not only keep you hydrated, it will keep you feeling full. A glass of water before a meal will prevent you from over eating and to Lose Body Fat. And drinking water will help you to cut out on soda and alcohol – liquids which go straight to your belly!
Weight training – when done properly – has been proven to be the most effective form of exercise to lose fat around your belly, along with everywhere else. Focus on compound movements that not only burn the most calories, they also work your core to the max. Keep your rep ranges between 8 and 15 repetitions.
Do Less Cardio
Ditch the long, slow cardio sessions on the treadmill, rowing machine or the Life Stepper. Instead scale your cardio back to just 6 minutes. Get outside or jump on an exer-cycle and, after a brief warm-up, perform a series of 8 sprints whereby you go at absolute maximum speed for 20 seconds and then allow yourself a 10 second recovery. This is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Not only will it burn a ton of calories while you’re exercising, it will boost your metabolism to allow you to burn off more of those calories that are sitting around your waist for the next 24 hours.
Put these 5 unconventional belly busters to the test and you will become a believer. Not only will you finally be able to make traction on your fat loss endeavors, you will stop wasting your time, effort and money on dead-end solutions. Your belly, and your wallet, will be forever grateful.
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