Let’s face it! The journey to a flat belly is the most difficult. It may seem as difficult as trudging uphill without any arsenal to hold on to, and hence multiple failures and disappointments while facing this ordeal. Have you ever thought about why losing belly fat is actually so daunting? Well, let science do the talking.
Our body stores fat in the form of adipose cells or fat cells, and like the rest of the body, fat is stored in the belly due to the consumption of excessive calories at least some point in life. The secret to losing this fat, or any fat in the body is, cutting back on calories so that your body burns the stored fat first.
Calorie Audit - How to Approach Fat Loss
For this reason, a calorie deficit has to be created; by diet and fat-blasting workouts. Now, it may seem easy to do it yourself, but a fitness professional and/or nutritionist could give you the best insight about what is best for you specifically, to lose belly fat. This means no crash diets, no cheat days, and no binge eating in the long run, and it calls for some major lifestyle changes. If you crave a sexy, strong, surfboard belly, this is more than mandatory.
Lipolysis and the Game of Fat Receptors - Why Fat Breakdown is a Challenge
Coming back to the technical side of myths and science of how to lose belly fat, the belly has high amounts of fat cells as compared to other parts of the body, and our belly just loves, loves, loves to store fat because it can. Also, this tendency of the belly makes lipolysis (fat breakdown) very slow. This is not just a myth. The answer lies in the fact that belly fat cells have Alpha Fat Receptors rather than Beta ones, which are lipolysis friendly.
Abdominal Fat - Targeting Fat Reserves to Start Away
If you are about to start your journey to lose belly fat or are already a part of the endeavor, here are some biological facts to consider. Our abdomen has two types of fat reserves, namely: Visceral abdominal fat and subcutaneous abdominal fat. Visceral fat is placed around the viscera of the body or body organs and sub-cutaneous under the cutaneous layer, the skin. It is the fat around your organs, Visceral fat, which is the main culprit for many debilitating diseases like hypertension, diabetes, stroke, inflammation, and cardiovascular and liver diseases.
Cardio for Belly Fat - Yay or Nay?
One thing that not many people know commonly regarding abdominal fat is that it is a weak spot for circulation. Lower blood circulation to the belly means lower gaseous exchange and low amounts of metabolic process. Surprised how that is related to fat loss? Well, don’t worry and choose some HIT (High-Intensity Training) workouts alongside targeted core strengthening exercises.
With that established, you now know that you need to include both cardio and strength exercises into your routine to lose belly fat faster. This will allow you to gain the maximum advantage and can spark up the metabolism of belly fat very efficiently.
Other factors to consider when you are aiming at belly fat loss are:
• Consuming processed foods
• Intake of unhealthy fats
• Alcohol consumption
• Stressful routine
• Sleep deprivation
• Type of body (ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph)
Always follow workouts that are aimed at your personal goals and are well-structured. Also, seek advice and\or consider consultations with fitness and health professionals for promising results and to avoid injuries in the long run.
This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.