A “Beer Belly” is simply having an overweight midsection. It is not necessarily caused by drinking too much beer – although that can do the trick! Our looks obsessed culture is enamored by six pack abs. That has made us desperate to find ways to get rid of the beer belly. Read on to find out how to lose a beer belly.
It all starts and ends with diet. In order to lose your beer belly you have to eat a healthy diet consisting of natural foods. You also have to eat small meals throughout the day. That means having 5-6 meals per day. Your meals should consist of high protein and low carb foods. The carbs you do eat should come from low glycemic foods such as whole grains and fruits. Carbs coming from sugar foods, white bread, white rice, and pasta will keep your stomach insulated by a nice layer of fat.
The ideal meal would have lean protein, veggies and quality carbs. The meal should be around 300-400 calories depending on your size and gender. You should also not eat at night, unless it is a high protein, low carb snack of limited calories. Eating at night packs on the weight because you do not burn off the calories. Your body prepares for sleep and your metabolism slows down.
Lowing that beer belly also requires a lot of cardio – a lot. The human body does not lose fat in just one area – it loses fat all over. There’s no other way to burn fat than to put in work doing cardiovascular exercises that burn excess fat. That means you have to hit the treadmill or some other form of cardio. One of the most effective ways to lose fat is to do high impact cardio such as Insanity or P90X. These workouts build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
No matter you decide to do, you have to get your heart rate up there and get a good sweat going at least 3-5 times per week for at least 30-45 minutes. This will speed up your metabolism and cause your body to burn more calories even while at rest.
Strength training – a pound of muscle burns a lot more calories than a pound of fat. Besides, have you ever seen a guy with a six pack without muscles? The two go hand in hand. Strength training melts fat provided you are doing cardio as well.
Get sleep – not getting enough sleep causes the body to keep weight on even when you are dieting and exercising. Experts say that the right amount of sleep is 7.5-8.5 hours of sleep per night.
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