Problem areas can be frustrating and in some cases can derail your whole fitness program. You work out daily, you watch what you eat, but still it persists. One of the most common problem areas is the belly. If you find yourself dieting and doing tons of sit ups to no avail, you aren’t alone. This can be a notoriously stubborn area. The good news is that there are solutions.
Why Can't I Get Rid Of My Belly?
There are a number of reasons that belly pooch is so stubborn. There are a couple of things to consider before you plan your strategy. First off, are you dealing with belly bloat or belly fat? Second, are you being realistic about your results? It can be tempting to compare your belly with others, and to wonder why you don't have a six pack or a flat tummy. Genetics do play a role, and some body types may never have a completely flat stomach, no matter what they do. The key is to get in the best shape possible for you.
If you have issues with belly bloating, part of the problem may be your diet. Many foods, even healthy ones, can contribute to this problem. For example, veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, and beans – anything with a lot of fiber – can back up your system and cause bloating. Be sure that you aren't overdoing it on any one food, and stay hydrated to help speed digestion. Taking a probiotic supplement can help reduce bloating.
What Causes Belly Fat?
This is a tough one, but it can be combated. The first two things you should look at if your diet and exercise isn't cutting the fat is sleep and stress. If you are sleep-deprived and stressed out, your body will not only hold on to the the fat, it will encourage more.
Second is diet. Too many refined foods (processed flours and sugars) will work against you. Next, look at your workout. Are you doing exercise that builds muscle? Cardio alone may not cut it. Building muscle burns more fat. Increase the intensity of your overall workout and add strength training to your repertoire. Next, ditch the sit ups – they aren't that effective. Try planks or other core-strengthening exercises that really work.
How Can A Personal Trainer Help Me?
If you’re having trouble progressing with your fitness routine, a personal trainer can help. Every body is different, and a personal trainer can create a custom workout that is tailored to your body type, weight-loss goals and current level of fitness. Contact Ralph Roberts in Amarillo today to find out how he can help you achieve your goals.