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Problem: Your workout routine isn’t effective for fat loss
Chances are if you’re not succeeding in burning fat then you’re most likely doing the wrong workout to lose stubborn belly fat. When it comes to fat loss (belly fat in particular) most people seem to think that 30 minutes on the elliptical and a few ab exercises is the way to go. Well guess what? Not only is this one of the least effective workouts you can do for fat loss, it’s also boring as hell and not very challenging!
The secret to getting abs is simple; everyone has them they’re just covered in fat.
All you have to do is get rid of the fat covering them, and sorry to burst your bubble but hours of just ab exercises and low intensity cardio will definitely not help you to lose fat. However, certain abdominal exercises can help you bring your abs out a little more and tone by using weighted ab exercises but if you aren’t losing the fat covering them then you will still never see them.
Another big misconception especially for women is that weight training will get you bulky and too muscular. We are so glad that women are finally starting to realise that weight training will help you lose stubborn belly fat and boost your metabolism. Full body movements are the best exercises to help you burn off fat because they allow you to burn a lot of calories as well as boost fat busting hormones. The best compound exercises include squats, deadlifts, rows, presses and other body weight exercises.
Some strength training workouts can even double as cardio: A recent study by the American Council on Exercise found that kettlebell exercises can burn up to 20 calories a minute—the equivalent of running at a 6-minute mile pace! Maximize your weekly workouts’ weight-loss benefits by incorporating up to four non-consecutive days a week of resistance-based exercise such as kettlebells, TRX, and weight lifting (our Online 24/7 Shape-Up Plan is a great place to start).