If you’re like many people, one of the primary goals you have set for yourself with your fitness routine is to lose belly fat.
Let’s face it, belly fat is some of the most unsightly tissue on the body and if you’re interested in maintaining an attractive looking physique, it’s not something that you’re going to want present on your body.
In this quest to lose belly fat, chances are good that you’re going to come across a number of different techniques and methods that are aimed to help you accomplish this goal.
Some will be very valid techniques that would lead to excellent results and some… not so much.
So our mission right now is to present to you some of the top invalid methods of losing belly fat that are just going to leave you hanging.
Avoid these if you want to move in the right direction.
The first of the approaches that you definitely should avoid is the cleanse/detox plans that are available. These come off as great weight loss tools that should help you rapidly lose weight, obtaining the body of your dreams.
Don’t be so quick to fall for that. These programs are often extremely devoid of nutrients and are only going to cause you to suffer nutritional deficiencies and low energy. Not to mention any weight you do lose will be muscle, not belly fat.
If you want to cleanse your body, eat properly focusing on a diet full of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
Ultra Low Calorie Diets
Moving along, the second must-avoid approach if you hope to see success with losing belly fat is the ultra-low calorie diet plan. While these may seem like a great way to blast body fat, again, they aren’t.
They’re going to cause the metabolic rate to become incredibly sluggish – so much so that as soon as you do start eating normally again, you’re going to pack on fat mass faster than ever before.
Moderate calorie intake diets may take slightly longer to help you lose belly fat, but when you do lose the fat, you can be sure that it stays off for good.
Fat Burners With No Nutritional Approach
Fat burners are the next thing that you need to be very leery of. While some fat burners may increase your energy or dull your appetite, for the most part fat burners aren’t going to offer that many benefits.
What’s worse is that many people who are using fat burners will take them without thinking about their diet, believing that the fat burner will do the work for them.
Not so. If you hope to lose belly fat, you absolutely must get your diet in order. If you don’t, you’re in for a long battle ahead.
Ab Stimulation Devices
Moving along, another gimmicky device that you must be sure to avoid that’s often used by people looking to lose ab fat is the ab stimulation machines.
Don’t let yourself fall for these. The theory is that by strapping them onto your waist and wearing them over time, they’ll help burn off your fat by causing the ab muscles to continuously contract.
The problem with this is that even if they are causing the ab muscles to contract, these contracts are so minimal that they aren’t really going to burn off many calories anyway, thus this won’t get you closer to your end goal.
If you want to work the abs, do a proper abdominal work, or better yet, get a full body workout plan into place that engages the abs with each exercise that you do. That will be the faster way to success.
Long Hours Of Cardio Sessions
Finally, the last approach to help you lose your belly fat that many people fall for is hours upon hours of cardio training.
They think that the more calories they can burn while doing their cardio, the faster they’re going to move forward to success. They know that in order to lose one pound of fat, they need to burn off 3500 calories, so they’ve made it their mission to do so.
The problem here is that cardio training really does very little to reshape the body and actually help assist with fat burning. Instead, it’s just going to make you a smaller version of your current self.
What’s more is that those who are doing hours upon hours of cardio often end up experiencing greater levels of hunger as well and that can provoke overeating to take place.
So really rethink all that additional cardio. It’s often just going to do you more harm than good.
So there you have the top things that you need to remember as you go about your program to lose belly fat. Were you falling for any of these?