Crystal Giannini talks about how lose your belly fat and build muscle. These 3 steps will help you gain ripped abs and build a lean physique.
Fitness and medical experts seem to agree on one thing, and that is the fact that reducing fat and building muscle are actually two very separate components of one’s fitness regime. In order to achieve fat loss and muscle gain, one needs to follow a strictly tailored fitness regime that will help in toning and building the body in the correct manner. Some areas in the body are even more difficult when it comes to these twin goals of fat loss and muscle gain. The belly is one such part of the human body that gives most people cause of concern! Getting a stomach that is not just flat but muscular as well is a goal worth chasing. Here’s how you can work towards getting a flab free and toned stomach.
Change the way you eat
Everyone thinks that losing belly fat and building muscle is all about counting the calories. However, it is not all that simple. To lose belly fat you need to avoid fatty foods like processed foods and sugar too. To help burn fat, you also need to increase intake of raw food and whole grain products. To increase muscle build up, you need to add protein rich meats and food sources like lean meats and eggs in your daily diet. You also need to get enough water into your system. Water helps by keeping the body hydrated. If your body feels dehydrated then it will start storing all available water content in your body and that will make you look and feel bloated.
It is also critical to eat breakfast. Skipping meals is never a good idea. Eat regular meals and eat 5 or 6 smaller meals rather than 3 big meals. Increase the intake of fibre and protein significantly in your daily diet.
Change the way you work out
Make working out a daily mantra. There should be no excuses that come between you and your workout. For sustained and strong commitment to working out, vary your routine but ensure that you get a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio workout every day. This has the dual purpose of burning fat and increasing muscle content. In fact, ‘posture – centric’ workouts like yoga also have the added advantage of improving your body contour which can also help “camouflage” belly fat. More importantly, the focus on breathing technique can help reduce belly fat too.
No Nonsense Muscle BuildingMany fitness experts state that there is no such thing as spot reducing. However, doing sit ups, leg lifts and even reverse crunches go a long way in strengthening muscle groups, so add them to your workout routine.
Change your lifestyle
Help your body reduce belly fat and build up muscle tone by doing things like giving up alcohol, which is calorie rich anyway, and de-stressing. Stress is one of the reasons why the body puts on a huge amount of weight and fat. You can also set realistic goals for yourself and stay focussed rather than obsessed with the goals. It may also help to take the help of friends and family in your fitness goals.
This is a guest post from Crystal Giannini, who loves to write about weight loss. You can learn about her weight loss blog by visiting her blog: Belly Fat Guide