If you are like many people, then you probably believe you have belly fat to lose. Even if you are not overweight, there is a good chance you have some extra fat gathered around your abdominal area. And central obesity or “belly fat” is one of the factors present in people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
How much effort you will need to lose your belly fat will depend on how much you have in the first place. Sounds simple enough! The issue, however, is many of us tend to underestimate how much fat we have around our waist. Unless you are experienced at weight loss or knowledgeable about how the body stores fat, it will be normal to think you only have a “few” pounds to shed. In short, you should not trust your estimates. Trust your progress instead because as the fat melts away, you will begin to see what your physique looks like without an extra layer of adipose tissue.
Let us move on to how to lose belly fat. Be careful about believing the mistaken notion belly fat can be rid of with more core workouts at the gym. As useful as abdominal exercises can be, they are not the way to lose belly fat. Why? Because fat loss can only happen through weight loss. If you have lost weight before, then you know you cannot choose which areas of your body lose weight first. How your body distributes fat is dependent on genetic factors and your sex, and only the influence of the latter can be reasonably predicted…
- Males store most of their fat around their waist.
- Females are more likely to store fat around the entire body, with emphasis on their hips.
No matter how much your body differs or deviates from the norm, it is guaranteed you do not like belly fat. From a health standpoint, it is not beneficial to sustain it, so you should have an even greater incentive to get rid of it.
If abdominal workouts are not the answer, what is the solution? A “proper” weight loss plan is the best way to lose fat. Losing fat should be your number one objective. Losing belly fat follows weight loss. All it takes as well as the correct execution is patience.
If you did not know it already, eating the “right” amount of calories is the essential recipe for weight loss. Whether you are counting calories or not, you must be consuming fewer calories than your body expends. A quality diet and a physically active lifestyle can all but guarantee your body to be in a fat-burning state.
In your case, losing fat around your abdominal area may happen relatively quickly, or it may be the last area where you see progress. If you have fat to lose, it is only going to improve your health and strengthen your well-being if you commit to weight loss. Not to mention obtaining a leaner physique will be a bonus.