The TRUTH About Belly Fat
We’ve all done it: That moment when you stand in front of the mirror and “pinch an inch,” squeezing the extra flesh around your midsection, imagining what you’d look like if you could just wave a magic wand and make it disappear. And it’s understandable – we’re human beings, and we’re visual creatures. It’s in our nature to seek out a svelter stomach, to try for a tighter tummy, to wish for a whittled waistline. And here’s the good news: It’s totally doable.
(Plus, don’t miss the 30-Days To Your Best Abs Ever Challenge! Click here for more info.)
But first I’d like to address why it’s so important to tackle belly fat. It’s an important issue, and not only for vanity’s sake. The fat around your midsection may just be hazardous to your health.
The fat around our abdominals is a two-parter: About 90% of it is subcutaneous: That’s the soft, fleshy fat just beneath the surface, the skin that we’re holding when we “pinch an inch.” Subcutaneous fat is the fat that lies just beneath the surface of the skin—it’s most often found in the lower part of the body, creating a “pear shape” effect.
We all know the saying “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” But in the case of belly fat, the devil you don’t know is that elusive, remaining 10%. It’s called visceral fat, and if that sounds like a frightening term, it’s for good reason. Visceral fat is the intra-abdominal fat that lies beneath the abdominal wall, just out of reach. It’s marbled around our organs, intestines and liver, and also lives inside a slab of tissue called the omentum found just behind our abdominals, covering our intestines. As we gain visceral fat, the omentum begins to thicken as it absorbs the fat.
The past two decades have seen important scientific studies revealing that fat is more than a gob of unused energy. Visceral fat cells act as an endocrine organ, releasing potentially harmful chemicals on the rest of the body. It sends fatty acids into the bloodstream, which can contribute to cholesterol. A 2010 study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found that people with high levels of visceral fat are three times as likely to develop precancerous polyps in the colon. Visceral fat may also lead to an increase in the production of angiotensin – a hormone that raises blood pressure – and cytokines – proteins that have been linked to certain types of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and major depression. For 5 tips on how to get rid of visceral fat, click here.
Speaking of depression: Don’t let all these scary statistics get you down. You can beat belly fat. In fact, visceral fat is the easiest kind of fat to burn; losing it can be one of the easiest way to prevent or reverse health problems. To get started, try the 10 best exercises to lose belly fat.
If you can give me 10-30 minutes for 30 days, you can have your BEST ABS EVER!
30 Days To Your BEST ABS EVER Includes:
30-Day Workout Calendar:
By using the downloadable workout calendar, you eliminate confusion about which workout to do that day. Each exercise is specified, so there’s no guesswork on your part. And, it’s designed to sculpt and define your abs in record time!
Five 10-minute segments to tone, trim, and tighten your abs like never before! Includes a variety of movements from dance-style standing abs, functional moves to target the deepest abdominal muscles, boot camp circuits to rediscover the power of your abs, and pilates moves to strengthen and lengthen your torso to perfect posture and trim inches. (50 minute DVD)
Flatten your abs by applying basic Pilates movements designed to focus on your core muscles while lengthening and stabilizing your spine. Improve your strength and posture to develop the tall, graceful bearing of a dancer. Also includes two BONUS workouts — Pilates for Lower Body and my top-selling cardio workout, Fat Burning Breakthrough, for ultimate-fat burning. (115 minute DVD)
Super-shrink fat with interval training that alternates between total-body moves and core-conditioning exercises. This incredibly powerful method of conditioning is one of the most effective ways to tone your body. Ultimate Sculpt is based on functional training, where you work your entire body as a unit for faster results. (60 minute DVD)
Total Body Turnaround:
Reset your body with three 20-minute balance, circuit and energy workouts. The circuit segment trims and firms, ramping up your calorie burn and attacking your trouble spots. Next, you’ll hone your balance to help you continue doing the activities you love. Finally, refresh and recharge with the total-energy segment to wake up you body and de-stress your life. (60 minute DVD)