Before you waste hours of valuable time doing crunches, or spend hundreds of hard-earned dollars on gimmicky ab machines, there is one thing you MUST do first to successfully get rid of stomach fat.
This crucial first step will determine your success or failure in getting rid of stomach fat. The very first thing you must do is discover the cause of your stomach fat. You may think that sounds ridiculous. You may believe that the only cause of stomach fat is from eating too much and moving too little. While that may be true for a large majority of folks, there are thousands of people striving everyday to get rid of stomach fat who will never succeed, simply because, even though they’re trying hard, the odds are stacked against them and in many cases they don’t even know it.
If you’re one of the multitudes who overeat, and you can be honest enough with yourself to admit that you simply eat too much of the wrong foods too often, the solution for you to get rid of stomach fat is fairly simple. Note that I said simple, not easy. Losing weight is never really easy, but the formula is relatively simple. Add more of the whole, nutritious foods you KNOW you should be eating. Back off the processed foods and stay away from drive-thrus. Cut out, or at least drastically cut down on soft drinks and other sugar-laden food and drink. That includes alcohol, which the body processes as sugar, ultimately forming the well-known ‘beer belly’. Couple your healthy eating with a 30 minute walk, 3 times a week, and include some resistance training with weights or bands and the pounds will literally seem to melt off, not just the stomach fat, but all over your body.
What if you’re one of the many who DO watch what you eat, exercise often, but despite your best efforts, just can’t seem to get rid of stomach fat? It’s entirely possible that the cause of your excess weight stems from within your own body. There are thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people walking around with undiscovered, undiagnosed hormonal imbalances that are wreaking havoc with their attempts at weight loss. These untreated imbalances not only keep you from losing weight, they’re often responsible for causing you to gain! Your thyroid gland, the adrenal glands and the reproductive hormones must be in a delicate balance, or you can exercise till you drop and your results will be less than desired. If you find yourself perpetually tired, often chilled, and unable to lose weight even with dedicated effort, it would probably benefit you to have your hormones checked. (And no, this is not just a female thing, guys, you have hormones, too) There are simple blood tests and saliva tests that can determine if hormonal imbalances are making it impossible to get rid of stomach fat, or excess weight in general.
How long would you wear your clothes without laundering them? How long would you go without brushing your teeth, or washing a dish or taking a bath? A day or two maybe? How about a few weeks or months? Probably not. Would you let 20, 30, 40 years or more go by? You may be thinking, “Are you kidding me? NO WAY!” Then let me ask you this: When was the last time you gave your insides a cleaning? Historically our bodies have done a superb job of processing the foods we put down, but in today’s modern society, too often what we put in our mouths as food is unrecognizable by the body. The body can’t find the nutrients to absorb, so it breaks it down as much as possible and then guess what happens? It sits in the colon, undigested and rotting. And we do this day after day, week after week for years and years. Eventually there is so much toxic waste buildup that the body becomes inefficient at absorbing the vitamins and minerals found even in good-for-you foods. People who have taken the initiative to give their colon a good cleansing have experienced, among other outstanding benefits, seemingly effortless weight loss.
While most of us can get rid of stomach fat by eating better and moving more, for some the answer to weight loss lies elsewhere. Do some research and keep exploring until you find what works for you. You only get one body. If you want it to last, and perform at an optimal level, you’ve gotta take care of it!