Have you been dreaming about being one of those flat stomach men, but nothing you’ve tried has worked? Still fighting the battle of the bulge?
Many men are in the same boat. So here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about men and midsections.
- Should you do tons of crunches to reduce your stomach bulge?
- How do you reduce belly fat?
- What are good stomach exercises?
- What’s wrong with sit-ups?
Tons of Crunches?
Doing tons of crunches won’t banish a bit of belly fat. Not even a little bit. This theory, called spot reduction, is popular in the fitness community (and most of the infomercial gimmicks), but has now been scientifically disproven. New research shows that fat is lost all over your body, and sadly, you can’t pick where it comes from.
“So, How Do I Reduce My Belly Fat?”
Studies have shown that there are two ways to reduce fat, and you have to use them both at the same time:
- Have smart eating strategy
- Have an effective exercise plan that includes abs-building and fat-burning
The Flat-Stomach Eating Strategy
Experts do not agree on what the perfect diet is to be flat stomach men. But most agree that diets that are low in saturated fats and “white carbs” (e.g. white sugar, white flour, white, rice, etc), and high in low-glycemic carbs( e.g. whole fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, etc) and high in lean-proteins are best for ridding yourself of unwanted blubber.
But, you don’t need to torture yourself while dieting. Have fun and experiment. Use your diet as an excuse to try something new – maybe Japanese or vegetarian cuisine. Who knows? You may find out that you like your new diet better than your old one.
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Burn! Burn! Burn
You probably already know that exercise is a somewhat controversial topic. No matter who you ask, you’ll get a different answer. It is, however, generally agreed that regular fat-burning workouts – 3 or 4 times per week – are what you need to burn the fat you have and kick start your metabolism to have a flat stomach, as a man.
Good fat-burning workouts for flat stomach men include:
- High-Intensity Interval Training
- Martial arts
Make sure to stretch first, to avoid risk of injury.
After you’ve got a healthy diet and regular fat-burning workouts under your belt, the way to tighten your stomach is by targeted midsection exercises.
A good rule is that any exercise that bends your spine in the lower back region is good. When performing stomach exercises, try to maintain the natural arch of your back. This will make your exercises more effective and reduce back strain.
For years, you probably have been told that sit-ups are the best way to flatten your stomach and strengthen your abs. New research has proven that this is not true. Sit-ups not only don’t work well for flat-stomach men, but they can also be dangerous.
Because sit-ups only involve, well, sitting up, they don’t work your abdominal muscles- they work your thighs and back. They give you less bang for your buck, and can cause lower back pain down the road.
Most experts now recommend that you should avoid sit-ups entirely. Do crunches instead. But not just the traditional crunches. Also, try abs exercise like double crunches.
Double crunches are like crunches, except you move you knees towards your head while you’re moving your head towards you knees. This doubles the effectiveness.
Now that you know the answers, you can begin your stomach training on the right track. And if you want to flatten your stomach at warp-speed, check out www.BurnFatFitness.com (don’t go unless you’re serious, though). In a free video, fitness expert Tom Venuto shows you have to transform your body in 49 days by properly combining an eating, exercising and fat-burning program.
Last thing: Remember, with work and patience, you too can be one of the flat-stomach men. Stick with it!!
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