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The Real Skinny on Your Waistline!

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We all want to decrease the size of our waistline.  Unfortunately, the body loves to store fat in the abdominal area.  So, the best thing to do is abdominal exercises...right?

Wrong!  You see people do crunches, side bends, weighted machine crunches, spastic bench crunches (you know, that guy who has his feet attached to the decline bench and flings himself up as if he is having a seizure), and many other crazy moves to burn that belly.  The bad news is: you can't spot-reduce.  This means that just because you are working the abdominal muscles, you aren't burning fat in that particular area.  The good news is that you are strengthening important core and stabilizing muscles and burning overall calories.  Which means, with a consistent strength-training routine, your body will be more defined once you have lost the extra body fat.  The body burns fat from where it wants to.  The only way to burn extra body fat is to increase your activity level and develop a proper nutrition program for weight loss.  Here are a couple steps you can take to flatten your tummy. 

1)  Establish a solid nutrition program.  Make sure this is a balanced program with good food choices that incorporate healthy carbohydrates, proteins and fats.  Most fitness professionals can help you establish a proper meal plan or hire a dietician or nutritionist.  You could also take a cooking class on how to prepare healthy meals.  there are all kinds of things you can do to improve your  diet.  All you have to do is make the decision to change.  Do not underestimate the importance of eating healthy.

2) Develop a strength-training program that focuses on functional movements including core, balance, and total body exercises.  This will increase the intensity and work all muscle groups, which will reward you with a loss of body fat!  It never hurts to get a little help.  Contact a Fitness Professional to help establish a strength-training program specifically for you.  You may strength-train for twelve weeks but not see any results.  Too many people don't know how many repetitions they should be doing, how many sets or which exercises they should be doing.  The fact is, everyone is different and your strength-training program should be based around your goals, fitness level and any limitations you may have.  So, do yourself a favor and ask for help.

These are not brain-busting ideas, but if you've been exercising for some time now and are still not seeing the waistline you want - chances are you need to change it up.  Your exercise routine probably needs to be adjusted.  And let's face it; everyone could stand to improve his or her eating habits.  If everything is dialed in, you should notice changes within 8 to 12 weeks.  If you're not seeing results after this period of time, you need to take a look at what you are doing and make some adjustments.  With a few tweaks and some hard work, you will be well on your way to losing those extra pounds!


**Content courtesy of Fitness Together