Losing weight and losing fight are not necessarily the same processes, although they certainly are similar.
Attempting to strictly lose weight without proper training can leave your body looking different than what you may have hoped to achieve, making it even more difficult to achieve your dream body than it may have already seemed.
Keys to Burning Abdominal Fat
One of the primary keys to losing body fat and building a body that you love to look at each morning is to make sure that you incorporate a certain amount of weight training in to your weekly routine.
Cardio and maintaining a healthy diet are important for burning fat and losing weight, but without a consistent approach to weight training your overall “shape” will probably not improve as much as you had previously hoped.
Although it is mostly true that you cannot “spot burn” fat from your midsection, there are ways to adequately shape this region of your body. One excellent way to shrink your midsection is to perform abdominal exercises before you do your daily cardio or weight training.
The concept behind this is that you will essentially “heat up” these muscles, allowing your body to burn fat from this region more preferentially.
This is certainly a benefit you can take advantage of!
No, this does not mean that doing 500 sit-ups per day will give you a 6 pack.
However, it does mean that if you are consistently consuming less calories than you burn, and you are training consistently, you can make some sort of direct impact on your midsection.
Best Exercises for a Sculpted Midsection
One excellent way to achieve your goals of having a flatter or smaller midsection is to perform various planks and isometric ab exercises, followed by steady-state fasted cardio.
Isometric ab exercises such as the forearm plank or the high-plank are excellent for increasing your body’s ability to burn fat in the abdominals because it strengthens and builds core muscles in a complete scope.
Sit-ups and crunches are not nearly as effective as these exercises because they only work the “front” part of your abdominals.
Planks are a much more comprehensive abdominal movement, and will surely provide you with the type of results that you are looking for.