This is the most in-depth, researched guide to belly fat on the internet. What we have done is broken out the 3 MOST IMPORTANT action items for you right here. And if you want to save this guide and read it later, we have created a free 21 page report which you can download here.
You will thank yourself later!
The most important thing for you to know about belly fat is that you CAN TARGET IT.
The second most important thing to know is that it BURNS quicker than other fat. But you have to do the following 3 things. Read carefully, this advice is DIFFERENT from what you normally hear.
1. Exercise. Slow and steady exercise burns belly fat. The more you do it, the more fat you burn. But you can’t increase your stress in the process. Walking or very light jogging is best. The average person will ignore this advice and keep burning themselves out and then wondering why their food and sugar cravings are through the roof.
2. Reduce stress. When you are stressed, a hormone called cortisol runs high and keeps belly fat locked on. If you have every felt that you exercise a ton and GAIN WEIGHT- this is why. Feel free to relax, your belly will thank you.
3. You have to address insulin resistance. This is the toughest of the three, and it takes changes to your diet, not just eating less. This is why the Top 3 Diets fail in the long run, because they do not address this point.
We have also made a super simple diet called The Cheat System Diet. It is just 2 lists, Cheats and Eats. The deal is you bring the foods on the Cheats list down, and the foods on the Eats list up.
As you read through this article, you’ll be able to get your hands on what is on those 2 lists for free. (Plus we have an awesome free recipe guide so that you don’t even need to think. Just find a couple recipes that you like, and you are on your way to increasing Eats and reducing Cheats!
1. The Worst Thing You Can Do When Trying To Burn Belly Fat:
Is Eating Too Often. This is a brain twister for most of us because we have been told to eat often to lose weight. Unless you are an athlete in training, this is TERRIBLE advice!
If you attempt to control blood sugar by eating often, the only metabolic change you are likely to make is that your body will be releasing more insulin. You already overload your body with insulin when you eat bread, sugar, cereal and fruit juice.
2. The Good News About Belly Fat
Fat is also not so uniform as the catch-all term would imply–it exists in many forms in our body, some of which are extremely vital, useful, and not prone to expansion in the same way other forms of fat are.
The good news is that belly fat is more easily burned than subcutaneous fat, making it possible to lose it faster and improve health and other risk-factors quickly!
The fat which is prone to expansion comes in two forms: subcutaneous (“under the skin”) and visceral, also known as belly fat. While both these fats accumulate in areas which can be seen and felt, it’s the less visible effects of belly fat which make it so important to get rid of!
3. An Overview of the Two Visible Types of Fat
While both types of fat serve as a storage area for excess energy, they differ somewhat in the other functions they serve and their overall impact to health.
Subcutaneous fat is the type found visibly in most areas of the body, such as the butt, thighs, and arms. It may be visible, but the good news is that compared to belly fat, it does not carry much of a health risk. Subcutaneous fat can also be found on the belly (above the ab muscles), though the fat which gives people a “gut” tends to be belly fat, even if there is excess subcutaneous fat in that region as well.
Belly fat is the fat which serves to pad our internal organs from shock, and is found underneath the abdominal wall (under the ab muscles). While a certain amount is necessary, too much is a serious health risk, as it turns up the production of certain hormones and pro-inflammatory cytokines (hormone-like messengers).
By increasing the amount of pro-inflammatory messenger activity, inflammation in the body rises, leading to a number of health issues including chronic diseases like heart disease and even cancer. Increasing the release of hormones can also inadvertently make it harder to lose weight, as hunger becomes less well-regulated and you are more prone to cravings even when you are not in need of food.
The good news is that belly fat is more easily burned than subcutaneous fat, making it possible to lose it faster and improve health and other risk-factors quickly. Before we concentrate on how to lose the belly fat, however, why we accumulate belly fat in the first place should be examined. (this article is 16 pages long, scroll down to keep reading)