The most common problem area that my clients have by far, is the midsection. Reducing fat in this area is consistently listed as the number one goal that my Fitin5 contestants ask me to help them with.
The fat around your abdomen is also known as visceral fat, and there are several things that factor into the amount of this type of fat that a person has. A large determining factor in the amount of ab fat is genetics, however, a high consumption of alcohol and refined sugar can also increase this fat covering your abs.
Eating more high-fiber foods will assist with fat loss overall by helping to maintain a steady blood sugar level and control your appetite. Some high fiber foods to incorporate into your diet are quinoa, sprouted grain bread, lentils, and leafy green veggies. Aim for a balanced diet that includes fiber-rich complex carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats.
Make sure that you are also hydrating appropriately. Dehydration can contribute to bloating as the body holds on to excess water. This can make you feel puffy around the midsection.
Exercises That Can Help Minimize Belly Fat
High-intensity interval training is key when trying to minimize belly fat. HIIT is one of the most effective ways to reduce belly fat.
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A Tabata workout with a jumprope. Tabata is an effective HIIT workout style where you complete 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight rounds.) For this, your core has to be engaged and it works most of your muscle groups.
Burpees are great for conditioning, and is the perfect way to keep your heart rate up in a HIIT style workout.
Super-set (two exercises back to back) of ab exercises. Sit-ups and Russian Twists with weights will blast both your abdominal muscles and obliques in a short period of time.