TweetAb workouts for six pack abs are more effective when you add dumbbells or free weights and you work those muscles harder when you add a few pounds to your abdominal exercise routines. Of course ab workouts and daily physical activity alone won’t get you a flat stomach faster when combined with a balanced diet but it will tone up your muscles for a sexy midsection. Today I will share my favorite ab exercises and fat-burning foods I use personally to get a flat stomach and 6 pack abs.
Leg Raises with Weights
I start off hanging on my exercise bar as if to do a pull-up, then I lift my legs up toward my chest while hanging from the bar with ankle weights. You can also use elbow straps tied to the exercise bar for support then have someone tie some weights to your body for more intensity. I love leg raises because they work the main parts of my abs including my obliques. Leg raises are definitely one of the top ab workouts which it comes to targeting your abdominals.
Crunches with Weights
You wouldn’t believe those crunches you learned in middle school are still the best when it comes to ab workouts and toning up. When you hold a dumbbell to your chest while performing a crunch you target a large part of your abdominals and build muscle mass faster with the extra weight added. Although crunches are simple ab exercises they are still effective when it comes to targeting the main parts of your abs.
Not only are planks effective when it comes to toning up your abs or midsection but they are very easy to do. Start off in the push up position with your hands on the floor beneath your shoulders. Hold that position for at least 30 seconds with your abdominals contracted, legs extended and your head aligned with your spine. Challenge yourself by going deeper and try the one-arm stable switching plank.
This is a Pilate’s move that will surely engage your obliques and front and back core. This ab exercise definitely leaves my abs burning afterwards. Sit up straight on the mat with your knees bent by your chest and your hands at your sides. Lie down with your knees bent and the palm of your hands facing down. Exhale and raise your head and shoulders from the mat. Pump your arms 6 inches up and down, reaching out with your fingers. Inhale for 5 pumps, and then exhale for 5 pumps. Make sure to curl your chin in toward your chest. You can do 10 full breathes or 100 pumps. For best results, keep your lower back pressed against the floor mat and keep your lower abdominals sucked in toward your spine.
Fat-Burning Foods and Ab Exercises
Combining fat-burning foods like lean meat, whole grains and low dairy products will help you burn calories fast. Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal (which is my favorite) that are rich in fiber, help you break down whole foods twice as faster than processed foods. I can eat brown rice every day and strawberry oatmeal in the mornings and never get tired of it. That’s just much I like these foods! They keep me full during the evening and I receive a good dose of nutrition as well. Yogurt is one of my favorite low-fat dairy products because it’s delicious, rich in calcium and vitamin D. Other benefits include preserving and building muscle mass which is important in maintaining a powerful metabolism. Lean meats such as chicken breast and fish are high in protein which helps you burn calories fast also. If you want to gain muscle mass along with your ab workouts then don’t be afraid to include high protein meals in your diet plan.
For beginners, adding weights to your leg raises, crunches or other ab workouts may be too much so you can start without weights at first. Then when you get use your ab workout routines, add weights to challenge yourself and continue to see those 6 pack abs develop. Combing a low calorie diet will help you lose stomach fat then the ab exercises when tone up your abdominals for that flat midsection. Don’t forget about the harmful health issues having that fat that surrounds your organs (visceral fat) include like stroke, heart disease and risk of cancer. Having belly fat is dangerous so take action today with these effective ab workouts and fat-burning foods to live a healthier lifestyle!
TweetLose weight naturally this summer with these effective fat loss tips and get sexy 6 pack abs or a flat stomach for the beach.
Let’s all face it! We all desire that sexy beach body and want to lose weight effectively but in these busy times we usually don’t have the time or motivation to achieve our weight loss goals. Today I will share some quick fat loss tips to help you improve your physique and lose belly fat this summer.
Reduce Stress and Lose Weight
Stress activates the cortisol hormone which feeds fat in our abdomen so stress is linked to obesity. My favorite method to reduce stress is exercises including cardio workouts like boxing or running. Boxing is my favorite sport so I love this hobby with a passion. I also like reading, playing video games, riding dirt bikes, meditation and relaxing with some good sleep. A study in 2012 revealed that stressed out parents is linked to childhood obesity because parents are more likely to eat fast food and make poor meal planning. Keep your stress levels down so you don’t activate the hormones that make you fat.
Plan Your Meals
A good idea would be to make a list of groceries for the week and plan healthy meals to prepare at home. This way you will save money, time and eat healthy at the same time. I work during the morning and evenings so I eat a heart healthy breakfast before work and bring me a small meal for lunch and dinner. I save a tremendous amount of money by not eating out and burning gas. I make sure my meals are low in calories but also nutritious to keep me fueled and energized during the day. An example of a meal would be tuna with wheat bread and an apple or a chicken breast sandwich with mac and cheese. Also Dr. Oz recently had a show about weight loss myths and it is recommended that you eat three meals per day instead of five to six small meals. Eating too much creates insulin that stores sugar and you don’t give your body time to actually burn fat.
Exercise for an Hour
Don’t waste your time or money with countless hours at a gym. Instead go for a jog or run at the park and visit your local Sports Authority store for exercise equipment. I go for a run in the morning or at night and use my exercise bar at home for my favorite weight loss workouts. The standard for daily exercise use to be at least 30 minutes of physical activity but in this 21st-century, it is now recommend that we get about an hour of daily physical activity for fat loss. Cardiovascular workouts like running or biking will burn the calories and strength training will tone those muscles up. My favorite exercises are dips, pull ups and old-fashioned push-ups. Obesity expert, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, says exercise is a great way to tone your muscles and improve your lifespan, but as a weight loss strategy, it is much less effective than dieting.
Get Good Rest
Getting a good night’s sleep rejuvenates our body and let’s our muscles and joints recuperate after intense workouts. Sleep is a good stress reliever and at least eight hours of sleep prepares us to take on the next day full force. Your muscles need rest after intensive workouts to repair themselves and increase in mass.
Set Small Weight Loss Goals
One of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to lose weight is setting high goals we know we can’t achieve and end up getting discouraged when we fail. Instead, set small fitness goals like losing five pounds this month and make small changes to your diet. This way you can track your progress and see slow but sure results.
Don’t Fall for the Hype!
Every day there is a new weight loss pill or formula that promises instant weight loss without diet and exercise. If this was true then everyone would be doing it right? The truth is that there is no magic pill or weight loss formula that will make you or anyone else lose weight fast. You have heard it time and time again; “You must follow a balanced diet and exercise daily to lose weight effectively and naturally.” Save your time and money to find a weight loss plan that only works for you. There is no one fat loss program that will work for everyone as we all have different body types.
For the most part, I really want all you ladies and gentlemen to live a healthy lifestyle and get that sexy body you always dreamed of. Losing belly fat and getting a flat stomach is not easy but the hard work will pay off when it’s all said and done. Follow these simple fat loss tips and get 6 pack abs for the beach this summer!
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TweetBoxing is my favorite sport and it offers great cardio to help you lose weight and develop a great body including 6 pack abs. Relieve stress and eliminate unwanted body fat with these boxing-inspired moves from Crunch NYC instructor Christy Nacinovich. (These exercises are based on her new Sucker Punch Class.)
For a maximum workout from head to toe, pick a move for the arms and shoulders, a move for the abs and back, and a move for the legs and butt, then perform two sets of each move three to four times per week.
Start off with your knees bent slightly, feet in fighter’s stance (put your left foot forward), elbows bent; bring right foot near face. Twist at waist to the right, bringing left fist to the right and down, straightening left arm.
Keeping arm straight, rotate upper body to left while swinging left arm back beyond left side of body. Do 10 reps, keeping arm straight and long- think of it as a steel bar locked in place. Switch sides and repeat; do two sets.
Start this workout in the push up position with your hands in a wide diamond (fingers pointing toward each other).
Bend your waist, lifting hips up and coming onto toes, (walk them in a bit if necessary) so body forms an upside-down “V”. Bend elbows to lower head towards hands.
Press your back up; perform 10 reps.
Stand with your knees slightly bent, feet in fighter’s position (left foot forward). Raise your arms up and left as if you are grabbing something.
Engage core muscles and pull hands down as you bend your right knee and lift up to meet them. Resume to previous position, tapping right toes to the floor. Perform ten reps then switch sides and repeat.
Lie flat down with knees bent, feet on floor, fists up. Engage core and round up slowly; at top, jab right arm out, retract, jab left. Roll back down.
Perform 10 reps (each side) each of jabs, upper cuts (punching up), and hooks (punching around the sides).
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, fists up. Lift left foot, bend knee, and lift thigh parallel to floor; look over left shoulder. Hinge forward, kicking leg left straight back. Return to original position.
Perform 10 reps; repeat on opposite side.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, fists up. Twist at waist, lifting left leg to point toes to the right. Kick up and over toward the left in a half-moon shape.
Lower left leg to tap left toes, then raise it again and kick it up and over to the right; that is 1 rep. Perform 10 reps, then switch sides and repeat. For a better challenge, do kicks over the back of a chair.
These are some great boxing exercises you can do 3-4 times per week for at least 30 minutes a day to stay in shape. You will also learn some new fighting techniques to defend yourself and that amazing body that people are jealous of. Along with these awesome exercises, make sure you eat a balanced diet every day for maximum results and long term weight loss benefits. I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and make weight loss a top priority this year!
Source: Jay Sullivan, http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20542504,00.html
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TweetLosing belly fat naturally is something that everyone desires but just don’t know how to because of all the hype and influential infomercials that promise you instant results. Although stomach fat is the most difficult body fat to lose, it is not impossible to lose it permanently and get six pack abs. The great news is that you don’t have to starve yourself, take countless supplements, and undergo dangerous surgery or do millions of sit-ups. Here are some natural but surefire ways to lose that belly fat once and for all.
Weight lifting will help boost fat loss, build muscle and prevent muscle loss. Performing resistance training exercises that focus on large muscle groups will burn the most calories.
Eat More Calories
Not eating enough calories will slow down your body’s metabolism and you will retain more fat than if you were to eat the right amount of calories. Eating too few calories will also cause you to lose muscle, not fat, for energy, making you skinny and fat. Always remember that calories are energy and not eating enough will reduce your energy stores, which means having a hard time getting through the day or getting a good workout in.
Do Cardio and Stop Doing Crunches
Performing 15 to 45 minutes of physical activity or intense cardio workouts three times a week will help you decrease overall body fat and burn more calories. Doing tons of crunches or other types of ab exercises will build abdominal muscles, but it won’t help burn belly fat. Sadly, you can’t reduce the amount of fat in one particular area of your body. You have to lose fat overall through you whole body to reduce your waistline through cardio.
Working out hard will strengthen your abs, but if you don’t eat right, you will always have a layer of belly fat on top of those muscles. Eliminate processed foods from your diet plan and start eating whole foods such as protein, veggies, fruits, healthy fats and carbs. Make sure you eat breakfast each morning and eat small meals every three hours to keep your metabolism going. It’s helpful to eat carbs right after your workouts and drink two cups of water with every meal.
Eat More Protein
Your body burns off more energy processing proteins than it does processing carbs or fat. If you wish to burn fat you must take in protein. You should always get your protein from a quality source such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese and whey protein; not a burger from McDonalds or a sausage pizza from Pizza Hut.
Developing a clear-cut plan and tracking your weight loss progress is about the best way to stay motivated. I understand it can be difficult when you don’t see drastic results right away but success doesn’t happen overnight. You must stay dedicated and work hard each day to achieve great results. You can start off by jogging or walking with a partner and making small changes to your diet. Make sure you track your body measurements and check the scales to see if your plan is effective. Since boxing is my favorite sport and provides me with a great workout I get the best of both worlds. Find a cardio activity you love to do and have fun while doing it to stay motivated. It may take some time to get the results you desire but the outcome will be permanent if you continue to work at it and stay committed. Start today on your belly fat loss efforts and gain the six pack abs you always dreamed of!
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TweetSummertime is approaching and it’s time to lose belly fat and get a flat stomach to look fit for the beach. There is nothing more fulfilling than cooling off with a nice drink that will help you lose pounds of belly fat and quench your thirst at the same time. Try out these belly fat blasting drinks this summer combined with exercise to get those 6 pack abs today.
Green tea contains catechins which are antioxidants that are proven to help reduce belly fat. Drinking green tea before a workout can help you burn fat faster during aerobic exercise such as jogging.
Belly Fat Drink – Peppermint Tea
This tea is very refreshing and an excellent belly fat eliminator. Peppermint assists the stomach in processing fat, ensuring even high fat foods like steaks and burgers are digested quickly, which helps prevent bloat.
Dark Chocolate Shake
Dark chocolate can help you lose weight because it suppresses your appetite and lessens food cravings overall. You can have one of these for breakfast to control your appetite for hours.
Smoothies that are sugar free plus a great way to stay hydrated and stay healthy at the same time. Watermelon is a great choice because it’s low in calories. According to the Journal of Nutrition, watermelon contains arginine, which can decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass.
This delicious pineapple drink tastes like paradise in a glass and includes two belly fat fighting ingredients. One tablespoon of flaxseed oil adds monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), proven belly fat blasters, and pineapple itself contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps break down protein, banish bloat, and ease digestion.
Although these drinks will help you lose belly fat and encourage weight loss, you should always exercise daily and follow a healthy diet plan for best results. Supplements are only temporary and you still have to include diet and physical activity to keep the weight off. If you are new to weight loss you should consult with your physician first to make sure you are healthy to start a new diet and exercise routine.
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TweetAerobic activity also known as cardio, is the best exercise to lose weight and belly fat because it gets your heart beating faster than normal, causing you to breathe harder, lose fat and increase the amount of oxygen delivered to the muscles. Aerobic exercise will also decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other cancers. An adult should perform at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week to benefit from the effects of cardio.
A great way to begin your cardio routine is to try an indoor cycling class. This is a safe, low-impact form of cardio that’s easy on the knees. If you begin working out on a cycling bike, and your working hard, really sweating, remember to add electrolytes to your water or eat a banana which contains potassium. You can burn an average of 600-800 calories in a single 45 minute cycling class.
Determination and Energy to Lose Belly Fat
When it comes to losing weight and reducing belly fat you must be determined and know your worth. Make a realistic goal that you can achieve and visualize your success. Give yourself good compliments everyday to stay motivated. Energy is very important and it comes from being positive in your life. Eat three balanced meals and drink plenty of water to stay energized throughout the day.
Maintaining flexibility, especially as you get older, is very important for your overall health, increasing the range of motion throughout your joints. Learn these easy stretches to improve your flexibility:
- Lace your fingers together and stretch them towards the sky slowly, palms up, while inhaling and exhaling.
- Stretch your hamstrings while on an indoor stationary bike by slightly bending both legs and leaning over the handlebars.
Repeat each stretch 3 to 4 times, holding each for about 30 seconds a piece.
Stretching cold muscles can damage them so make sure you warm up for five to ten minutes.
When you drink hot tea 20 minutes before your meal you can control your portions and consume fewer calories. A German study found that Chinese white tea reduces growth of new fats cells and breaks down fat contained in existing cells. Do not make your tea a latte, because the proteins in cow milk neutralize the tea’s fat fighting ability and its cholesterol blocking properties.
Drinking cold ice water can help reduce calories because the body uses energy to heat up the water to obtain proper hydration. Metabolically, heating water burns calories. You can burn an average of 50 to 100 calories per day by drinking 4 to 8 cups of ice water. Another German study found that drinking about 2 extra glasses of water daily can boost your metabolism by 30 percent.
Jumping Jack and Jims
Jumping jacks are among the best forms of calisthenics – repetitive movements that use your own body to build strength. Jumping Jims can target your oblique muscles.
Lactic acid occurs when you work out really hard and when you enter into your anaerobic zone; you no longer have enough oxygen to create energy. Little energy factors in your brain cells, mitochondria, burn carbohydrates. When they do that without oxygen, the by-product is lactic acid which builds up in your muscles. This is the reason why you get that burn when you are working out hard but the lactic acid is flushed out of your system within an hour.
Consuming the correct amounts and types of nutrition is the key to weight loss. I usually eat whole grains, fish and lean white meats to boost my metabolism and help me burn calories. Six small meals a day keeps your metabolism going throughout the day to help you burn fat.
Working out as a family or participating in team sports can be fun and motivational instead of watching T.V at home all day. Sixty minutes of exercise each day can help lose weight, build stronger bones, build muscle, help your kids sleep better and reduce stress at school.
When it comes to weight loss or losing belly fat, you must put all those excuses to the side and take action. Start off by walking with a friend and make small changes to your diet today and become a healthier person tomorrow.
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TweetAb workouts won’t help you lose belly fat alone but you will develop a strong core which keeps your body healthy and protects your spine. The most effective ab workout is the bicycle exercise because it targets the rectus abdominis or 6 pack abdomen and the obliques most effectively according to the American Council on Exercise study.
To perform the bicycle ab exercise, lie face up on your mat and place your hands behind your head, supporting it with your fingers. Bring the knees into the chest and lift the shoulders blades off the floor without pulling on the neck. Rotate to the left, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee as you straighten the other leg. Switch sides, bringing the left elbow toward the right knee. Continue alternating sides in a pedaling motion for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.
Next, the captain’s chair leg raise is the second most effective 6 pack ab workout for the rectus abdominis as well as the obliques. The key to keeping this move most effective is, first, to avoid swinging the legs or using momentum to bring the legs up. Second, keeping the knees bent will help you focus more on the abdominis and less on the hip flexors.
To do this ab workout, stand on the chair and grip handholds to stabilize your upper body. Press your back against the pad and contract your abs to raise the legs and lifts knees towards your chest. Don’t arch your back or swing your legs up. Slowly lower your back down and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.
Finally, the third most effective ab workout for 6 pack abs in a short period of time is the exercise ball crunch. The exercise ball is excellent for strengthening your abs and targeting the rectus abdominis as well. This ab exercise is more effective than regular crunches on the floor because the legs are often involved in floor crunches. On the ball, the abs do more work, but you still involve the entire body to help stabilize you throughout the movement, a great bonus that floor crunches don't offer.
To do the exercise ball crunch, lie on the ball, positioning it under your lower back. Cross your arms over the chest or place them behind your head. Contract your abs to lift your torso off the ball, pulling the bottom of your ribcage down toward your hips. As you curl up, keep the ball stable so the ball won’t roll. Lower your back down, getting a stretch in the abs, and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.
These are the most effective ab workouts for 6 pack abs in a short period of time to strengthen your core or rectus abdominals. To lose belly fat fast you have to combine these ab workouts plus a healthy diet plan for best results. Don’t forget to consult with your doctor before you start any diet or exercise routines to lose belly fat.
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