Having fat around the midsection is a very common problem for many overweight individuals. When you’ve made that decision to drop the extra pounds, you may immediately focus just on your belly fat. How can you get rid of it? While it’s definitly good to realize that extra weight around the stomach is a bad sign and should be removed, it’s also important to understand there is no such thing as spot reduction.
Save Yourself from Crunches
Getting rid of the fat around your midsection can’t be done with hundreds of crunches every day. Simply focusing just on your stomach fat is actually a waste of time. When our bodies need the extra energy while exercising, that energy will be grabbed from wherever extra fat is stored. Yes, that includes your belly fat, but also every other area fat is stored as well.
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Focus on Fat Burning Not Spot Reduction
Rather than focus on one specific area to burn fat (and remember, no such thing as spot reduction), you can focus on movements that burn more fat and calories. A great way to do this is by using compound movements. Combine compound movements with free weights and you can become a fat burning machine. For a better explanation, check out the video below by Mike Chang and Daniel Rose.
Some great points made in the video is how effective compound movements can be:
- Utilize more muscle groups
- Rest periods are short which keeps heart rate high
- Burns more fat and calories
- A more effective workout in less time
Finally, no, you cannot spot reduce your belly but with effective exercise like intervals, you will burn excess fat all over – to include your belly. You can learn more about Mike Chang at SixPackShortCuts.com.