By David McCarthy
When most people start on a weight-loss regime the first thing
they wish to attack is their waistline. They start off with
visions of turning a beer gut into an abdominal six-pack.
a few weeks of strenuous exercise nothing appears to happen
soon they lose confidence and give up.
This article is designed to explain, in laymen's terms, why
this happens and why you may be using the wrong exercises, or
possibly the right exercises at the wrong time. Either way you
are doing yourself no favors.
Never give up because only losers quit. We've all heard the
saying: "The height of stupidity is to repeat the same thing
expect a different result." If it isn't working you try a
different routine and you keep doing that until you find the
routine that does work, that is the way of winners.
Why These Exercises do not Reduce Waist
The first thing you must accept is that all abdominal
only strengthen abdominal muscles, if those muscles are
by a layer of fat when you start they will still be covered by
the same layer of fat when you finish. You will have stronger
abdominal muscles but you will not look any different.
Therefore your attempt to create figure from fat will have
failed. The secret to making these abdominal exercises work is
to lose fat first. You lose fat by diet and aerobic exercise,
by burning more calories than you take in with food. When you
have reduced your waistline to a more natural size you can
take up abdominal exercises and start working on that perfect
In a nutshell you need to reduce your calorie intake and burn
some calories off by using light exercise. Losing weight can
only be achieved by eating less and moving more. Forget the
complicated scientific formulae, it all boils down to eating
less and moving more.
Conventional wisdom claims that you need to exercise for
30-minutes each day and that this demand can be broken down to
six five minute sessions or three ten minute sessions,
whichever suits you best. You can carry out aerobic exercise
using simple methods like parking your car as far from the
store as possible and forcing yourself to walk further. Maybe
walking up the stairs instead of using the escalator, any
act of this nature that adds to your normal exercise output is
aerobic exercise and burns calories.
Furthermore it makes sense to eat five or six meals each day
rather than two or three. Why? Because you will eat smaller
meals and it is better for your metabolism to deal with
meals rather than large meals. You can also eat between these
meals providing you restrict it to a piece of fruit or a raw
carrot. Dieting doesn't have to be hard it has to be sensible.
Your brain doesn't get the message that your stomach is full
for at least twenty minutes after it is full. How often have
you eaten way beyond the capacity that is required simply
because the message hasn't got through?
There is no point in attempting abdominal exercises while you
still have a layer of fat and expecting a figure improvement.
Muscle building and weight loss are separate subjects that
should be approached individually if you are to get the best
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