A vast majority of people in this day and age have excess abdominal fat and this can be as much as 70% of the population in some “westernized” countries such as the US. Over 65% of adults in the US are now considered either overweight or obese and over 34% are obese.
We in the UK are rapidly catching them up. Unfortunately, the first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is just ugly. That it is covering up their abs, and makes them self-conscious about showing off their body.
However, what most people don’t realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular, is not only ugly, but is also a dangerous risk factor to your health. Scientific research has clearly determined that although it is unhealthy in general to have excess body fat, it is particularly dangerous to have excess abdominal fat.
Fat stored around the abdominal area is called visceral fat , found deep in the abdominal area and surrounds the internal organs.
This is far more dangerous than subcutaneous fat, which is found underneath the skin. Due to this fat being found close to the internal organs, it has been associated with diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
One of the major reasons that some people accumulate more visceral fat than others can be from a high carbohydrate diet that leads to insulin resistance over time (years of bombarding your system with too much sugars and starches for your pancreas to properly handle the constant excess blood sugar) so it therefore gets stored as fat.
If you care about the quality of your life, your future and your loved ones, reducing your abdominal fat should be a top priority.
So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat, including visceral fat?
The first thing you must understand is that there is absolutely NO quick fix solution.
There are no pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster.
Also, none of the gimmicky ab rockers, rollers, or ab belts will help get rid of abdominal fat either.
You can’t spot reduce an area. It simply doesn’t work that way.
The only solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine healthy nutrition full of natural foods, with a properly designed fat burning exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body.
Both your food intake, as well as your training program are important if you are to get the right results. However, fat loss is 80% good nutrition and 20% exercise.
The quote ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ is absolutely true.
Old traditional ways of over exercising with cardio after cardio sessions, putting a huge stress on the body, which actually causes fat storing is not the way to target stubborn belly fat.
You may lose weight from elsewhere and look skinny fat, but still have a great amount of fat stored in the abdominal area.
The use of high intensity forms of exercise and full-body weight training is proven to be great for fat burning and helps to improve your body’s ability to manage glucose and increases insulin sensitivity, a crucial step in removing visceral fat.
High intensity exercise routines done correctly, are very effective at increasing your fat-burning hormones and creating a hormonal environment conducive to burning off abdominal fat, including visceral fat.
In addition, it’s vitally important to get blood sugar under control to help restore insulin sensitivity through the right nutrition.
This means greatly reducing sugars and refined starches in your diet, and focusing more of your diet on protein and fibre, as well as healthy fats (such as avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut fat, olive oil, grass-fed butter, free-range eggs, fatty fish and fish oils, etc)
Reducing grain-based foods, and getting more of your carbs from veggies and high fibre fruits such as berries can go a long way to helping to solve this problem too.
Keep fit, happy and healthy. Invest in yourself, remember health is wealth