Let’s face it, nowadays the vast majority of people are carrying around varying degrees of extra belly fat. Most just think it’s unsightly, hiding their abs, and makes them self conscious (to varying degrees) about their body.
However, what many people do not realize is that excess fat (and excess belly fat in particular), is not only unsightly, but is also carries with it a serious health risk. Scientific research has proven that whilst it is generally unhealthy to have excess body fat anywhere on your body, excess stomach fat is particularly dangerous.
With regard to abdominal fat, there are 2 types:
1. Subcutaneous Fat - the fat that lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles, preventing them from being visible.
2. Visceral Fat – the fat that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle, surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a key role in giving many men that “beer belly” appearance where the belly protrudes excessively over their belt. It also feels slightly hard if you press on it.
Both types of fat in the abdominal region pose serious health risks, however scientists have proven that of the two types, excessive visceral fat is most dangerous. Both types greatly increase your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases. It has also been linked to sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterised by pauses in breathing during sleep.
Visceral fat is particularly dangerous as it secretes inflammatory hormones which can cause organ damage (heart, kidney, brain) at a cellular level. So, while obesity in general is a problem to be dealt with, visceral fat (belly fat) in particular demands immediate and special attention.
For all the above reasons (and not least of all your appearance!), reducing your stomach fat should be one of your top fitness priorities. One other result is that your stomach will flatten out, and if you strip off enough stomach fat, you’ll at last be able to uncover those elusive sexy six pack abs everyone wants.
Firstly, you must understand is that there is NO QUICK FIX. No pills, gimmicky ab rockers, rollers, or belts will help get rid of stomach fat either. It is not possible to spot reduce belly fat using any of these so called “solutions”. That’s not how it works, as a more holistic approach is required.
The ONLY solution to losing belly fat and keeping it off for good is by combining a balanced, nutritious diet of unprocessed natural foods with a properly designed exercise program which will stimulate your body to produce the required hormonal and metabolic response to lose weight and get a six pack. You have to get the balance right between your diet and your workout program to see the results you want to achieve.
Studies have shown that whilst diet alone can give good results in regard to abdominal weight loss, a combination of diet AND a properly designed workout program will give significantly better results.
To this end, the emphasis should be placed on a properly designed workout program – you need to work out using an EFFECTIVE WELL DESIGNED exercise program, and not just any old routine.
The majority of gym-goers do not work out effectively enough to stimulate the loss of stubborn abdominal fat. Endless cardio routines along with a selection of weight routines, sit-ups, etc will not cut it in reducing belly fat . . . . they will only lead to frustration and lack of any meaningful progress toward your goals. You could exercise till you’re blue in the face and not achieve the results you want – you’ll never get a six pack that way.
You need to use an effectively designed focused program with regard to nutrition, training combinations, exercise routines, and importantly your mental attitude and approach. The program has been designed to provide you with all the information, instruction and direction you need to get rid of that excess belly fat and get a six pack.
What you do NOT need is an endless array of abdominal exercises (there are a few), but rather a complete solution to show you the most effective approach to lose that dangerous stubborn stomach fat, and flatten, sculpt your abs to get a six pack.
With regard to fitness, most people start with good intentions, but after a few weeks the old habits start to slip back which caused them to have the excess abdominal fat in the first place. This is partly due to lack of goals, lack of motivation, but mostly due to lack of any visible results due to a haphazard / ineffective approach to exercise and nutrition.
If you want to get a six pack, then to get the results you want, you’ll have much greater success if you follow a structured program which will help you shift that stubborn belly fat, improving your self confidence and reducing your risk of those dangerous diseases as discussed.