If you are thinking that doing a thousand crunches every day or running on a treadmill or other cardio exercises will get rid of your belly then you need to keep reading to change your thinking.
Cardio exercises and crunches really have little to no effect on losing your flabby belly. Not for nothing though, cardio exercises and crunches can be an effective part of an overall strength training program.
Lean muscle burns more calories and fat than all the cardio and crunches you can do. Building lean muscle, or strength training is the best workout to lose abdominal fat, not to mention fat all over the rest of your body.
I am not saying that you can’t incorporate some cardio into your workout but you do not have to spend mind-numbing hours on end on the treadmill.
Use the treadmill as your warm up and then when your muscles are warm concentrate on resistance training and really work your muscles.
Test yourself first and figure out how much weight you can safely lift without causing yourself injury. When you have the heaviest weight then do one slow set of about 10-12 reps.
You should be barely able to even lift the last two reps. If this is not the case then you should increase the weight you use.
If you are able to work your muscles to fatigue in one set then your muscle is working at their peak. You can significantly reduce the amount of time you spend working out with this system.
One set, at maximum weight, for all the major muscles of the body is the best way to build the lean muscle you need to burn the excess fat you have.
With toned, lean muscle you will be able to better burn fat and calories even when you are resting you will burn more than you did without lean muscle.
Your metabolism will be stoked all the time, especially if you are eating healthier, too. Decreasing your carbohydrate intake and increasing your protein intake will help lose weight quickly.
Now, ladies, building lean muscle does not mean you have to bulk up. You will get toned and look better than you have in years.
Lean muscle just keeps burning calories and fat. In fact, you may be surprised at how easy it will seem that not only your belly fat disappears but you slim down all over.
Do not try to spot loss, this is impossible. You either have to lose weight all over or not at all. You can do individual resistance exercises that target each muscle system at different times in your workout, this is different than spot-reducing.