How to Lose Belly Fat

Abdominal obesity spot reduction: using science to lose belly fat and reduce your gut at home.

Yes, it's yet another weight loss myth; relying on spot reduction, tummy toning, and stomach fat exercises for a flat gut are all a total waste of time regarding working to get those hips, thighs and abdominals slimmer.

Importance of Calories

Abdominal Obesity and Calories

Apart from having all-out surgery and having the problem areas lipo-suctioned away, the only answer to toning your abdominals is through losing a percentage of your total body fat by eating fewer calories than you burn each day.

The Myths

Stomach Fat Spot Reduction Myth

♥ It's a myth because you simply can't control where the fat builds up or where you choose to lose it from.

It's also a fact that people often lose the fat they want to get rid of from their problem areas last.

♥ That's because the act of losing weight is a gradual process that typically includes the equal loss of fat from all over the body, not just one area at any one time, like gut fat.

If your stomach or thighs happen to be the areas where most fat is stored, then you will obviously see the fat drop off there as the fat disappears in equal measure all over your body.

But again, like so many times before, there is always someone somewhere (usually in business) that will come up with some fad or gimmick or gadget to be the miracle easy cure to solve everyone's stomach fat problems.

Waist Trainer

Stomach Fat Spot Reduction With Waist Cincher Knickers

For example, a ridiculous tummy toning fad is the Waist Cincher Knickers.

They're advertised as the Anti-Cellulite Firm Control Waist and Thigh Cincher Knickers and could be every girl's dream solution to attaining that ultimate flat tummy.

Well, believe it or not, the manufacturers claim that these undergarments have three active natural ingredients, caffeine, vitamin E, and aloe vera.

The caffeine is for slimming and toning; the vitamin E for anti-aging, and the aloe vera for soothing. All held together by millions of microbubbles, which are released onto the skin as you move.

The manufacturers recommend the garment be worn 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week for four weeks. But stress that results will vary depending on the condition of the wearer's skin and the amount of time it is worn.

To be fair, other sorts of waist cinchers seem to work for some women, but surely no one would want to wear them all the time.

The point is, this sort of stomach-flattening method might be okay for the occasional night out or to hide underwear lines at weddings, but that's about as far as it goes.

♥ It is not the answer to achieving permanent stomach flatness.

♥ There are other products all over the place claiming to help women achieve flat tummies, but none of them will lead to long-lasting weight loss in those important areas.

Toning Sneakers

Another ridiculous product, a brand I'm sure you are familiar with, the Shape-Ups toning shoes from Skechers.

Toning With Shape-Ups: The Magic Shoes That Reduce Problem Areas?

For men, women, boys, and girls, there are shoes for everyone that will magic away the calories and help you stay toned and fat-free.

But note please, using the word help and may help, littered all over the Skechers website. These words are typically used to signify that there is no scientific proof that these shoes will do what Skechers say they will.

They may help burn calories and improve posture and cardiovascular health, and a host of other areas of the body or spots that have been carefully specified by Skechers, including reducing joint stress, toning, and firming buttocks, strengthening the back, tightening abdominals, and firming calves.

♥ They may help, but there is no proof that they will or do.

Best Steps for You

Steps to Lose Gut and Belly Fat

The point is, regarding losing body fat; it's all about maintaining a negative caloric balance in tandem with adopting a schedule of regular exercise. Ultimately, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn each day and keep active as much as possible. That is the only true way to get a flatter stomach or to tone up.

The only real way to achieve satisfying weight loss is through expert health and fitness programs, such as the ones developed by changingshape.com, a team of professional nutrition experts and fitness coaches who design customized diet, nutrition, and exercise regimens to meet the specific needs and preferences of each member.

With full one-to-one online consultation, interactive videos, and support, the changingshape.com guys are in the perfect position to tell you exactly where your tummy flab will go.

Otherwise, at the end of the day, the miracle of spot-reducing products or toning exercises won't do anything but waste your time and only reduce the size of your wallet.

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