2 Common Myths Related to Removing Belly Fat


Removing Belly Fat Can Be Challenging When Following These Myths

It is easy to get overwhelmed with information about removing belly fat.  There are 2 very common ones that can make removing belly fat a bit of losing battle.  An explanation of why following these mythical paths can be disappointing, read the doctor’s insight.  If you want to learn more about this, go here.

Myth #1: Abdominal Exercises Are The Way To Removing Belly Fat

Conventional wisdom tells us that if we want a slim tummy, we need to exercise our abs. This myth is unfortunately supported by a million late-night infomercials selling the latest “ab enhancing” device.


I want to clear the air on this issue once and for all…


Doing ab exercises—whether it’s the old school sit-up, or the new school planks and other core conditioning routines—WILL NOT reduce belly fat. The premise is simply false. Trying to burn belly fat with crunches and sit-ups is sort of like trying to change your tire with a pencil. It just doesn’t work. It’s impossible.

In fact, ab exercises can actually make your waistline bigger.


How could this be?


Well, ab-specific exercises will certainly help you develop muscle. No question there. But if you’re not burning the fat over the top of that muscle, it’s a little like putting a sweater on under your rain coat. It’s just going to make your waistline look thicker.


To get a flat tummy, most people don’t need to build up their abs. What they need to do is burn off the slab of fat that is hiding the muscle that’s already there.


Ab-specific exercises do very little to burn fat. Period.


There is another type of exercise that will help you burn fat, and I’ll tell you about that in a minute. But first, let’s explore the second major belly fat mistake.


Myth #2: Dieting Has To Be Done When Removing Belly Fat


The next mistake that most people make is they think that just cutting calories or carbohydrates down to nothing is going to be the ticket to burning belly fat.


This is flat out wrong.


One of the most frustrating things about stubborn fat is that dieting does not help it. In fact, dieting makes stubborn fat more stubborn!


Let me slow down here and let you take that in for a minute. When you go on a diet, and by diet I mean any program that embraces the popular approach of “eating less and exercising more”, the end result is that you will often make your fat parts fatter!


Many people are not aware of this, but dieting has never been proven by research to work over the long run. In fact, it has actually been proven not to work. 95% of people who go on diets end up gaining all of the weight back and 66% of those people end up fatter than they were before they started the diet. And when they gain the weight back most of it goes straight to the stubborn fat areas.

Here’s why.


When you diet, what I call “the law of metabolic compensation” kicks in. Compensatory changes take place that make you more hungry, cause unstable energy, and create insatiable cravings for high-calorie, palatable food. This is why 95% of people gain all the weight back or more. At the same time thyroid hormone levels decline and the fat cells themselves become more reactive to insulin, making it that much more difficult to burn fat.


Most diets attack belly fat from one of two perspectives. There is the calorie perspective on the one hand, and the hormonal perspective on the other. Very few diets address both, but you have to get both of them correct if you want to burn fat (especially if you want to burn belly fat).


Belly fat is both a calorie phenomenon and a hormone phenomenon. What you eat and how you exercise can affect both your caloric consumption and your hormonal balance.


So, you need to exercise in a way that changes both calories and hormones, and you need to eat in a way that changes both calories and hormones. You have to have both of those components if you want to successfully burn off fat.


You also need to learn how to relax, as your stress levels affect how much you eat (calorie consumption) and dramatically impact cortisol levels (hormonal balance).


Which is all a complicated way of saying you need to learn how to live a fat-burning lifestyle. Diets don’t work. The research shows that clearly. And I am sure your experience does as well.


But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to improve our nutrition, learn how to exercise more effectively, or simply chill out a little. On the contrary. We need all of these things. But it’s about balance, not simply “eating less and exercising more.”


So how can we create a lifestyle that allows us to burn off that belly fat? Well, the first step is to understand a little bit about the science behind belly fat, how it piles up in the first place, and why it’s so darned hard to get rid of.


If you want to get more details about this science from Dr. Teta and how you can use it to help you get rid of belly fat, see his detailed explanation here.


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