How to lose belly fat without abdominal exercises?
Suddenly you have love handles and belly fat. You want to get rid of it as quickly as possible? But no matter how many abdominal exercises you do, the fat around your waist remains stubborn. How do you get a flat stomach? In this article you can read how you can lose that belly fat.
Why too much belly fat is unhealthy
Excess fat is unhealthy because it increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The risk of disease is higher for people who have a lot of fat around the waist compared to a lot of fat on, for example, hips and thighs.
Can you have a healthy BMI but have too much belly fat?
Obesity is often determined by means of the Body Mass Index (BMI). Only from your BMI is it not immediately clear how the fat is distributed over the body. In some people, the fat is around the waist and on the other on the buttocks and hips.
Someone with healthy BMI, but too much belly fat has a greater chance of developing lifestyle diseases. All the reasons therefore to tackle excess belly fat.
How do you lose belly fat?
If you want to lose belly fat, you have to lose weight. But you probably already knew that … You lose weight all over your body. Burning fat locally is difficult or even impossible. Your body responds to an energy shortage by burning excess fat. If you make sure you eat less than you need, or burn more calories than you eat, you will automatically lose fat over your entire body.
So keep in mind that you have no control over the places where you lose fat.
The process of fat loss is different for everyone. If only you could choose where you would lose fat first. Unfortunately, we have to do with our genetic material. Your genes determine your fat storage and where you lose it first. People store their fat mainly on the belly (especially in men) and around the hips (especially in women).
Do you need abdominal exercises?
By training your abdominal muscles every day, you do not necessarily get a six pack or flat stomach. You get a flat stomach by losing weight. Abdominal exercises can help to make your abdominal muscles stronger, so they may become more visible. But if there is a layer of fat over your muscles, you do not see them. In addition, abdominal muscles have only a limited growth capacity. So make sure that your fat percentage decreases.
Training your abdominal muscles twice a week is sufficient. I hardly train my abs myself and yet I have a six pack. This is partly because I have a low fat percentage. But also because I do many compound exercises in which my abdominal muscles are also involved.