Crunches don’t work; 3 secrets to lose belly fat

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Who would have thought that all those crunches over the years weren’t doing anything to eliminate your belly fat?  There was a time when we were all led to believe that if we did crunches we would have tight strong midsections.  But it turns out that this particular exercise does nothing to burn fat.  So how do you lose belly fat?  Here are the 3 secrets.

  1. Specific exercises that strengthen and lengthen your entire body will enable you to lose belly fat.  These exercises are the plank, the superman pose and simple side bends that burn the bulge off of your muffin top.  In addition, most people don’t know that working out your butt helps burn the fat off of your gut.  Squats are the perfect example of an exercise that does double duty.  Check out the best ab workouts here.
  2. Eating flat belly foods is another secret to losing the fat.  What does that mean?  One of the biggest culprits that cause fat on the mid-section is processed foods because of the fat, salt and unpronounceable ingredients contained within them.  Instead, choose foods made up of healthy proteins and fiber that will keep you feeling fuller longer while enabling you to battle the belly fat like roasted chickpeas, hard-boiled eggs and Greek yogurt with berries.  Learn how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs here.
  3. The last and probably the most important secret to losing belly fat is reducing stress and increasing sleep to at least 6-8 hours per night.  Lack of sleep and stress can show on your belly because both will cause you to eat more, usually high fat foods.  Being consistent and going to bed at the same time each night while also incorporating yoga into your life will both help beat the belly fat.

David Zinczenko, author of ‘Eat it to Beat it’, says, “A sleepy person produces more of the hunger hormone ghrelin and that means an extra 120 calories a day, which is 12.5 pounds over a course of a year that you either have to learn to live with or work off.”  Learn more from David Zinczenko here.

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