article by Mike Geary - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Nutrition Specialist
5 Things You MUST Understand if You're Ever Going to Lose Your Abdominal Fat & Get a Flat Stomach
1. The Ab Workout Myth
Did you know that abdominal exercises such as situps, crunches, leg raises, and abs machines are actually the LEAST effective exercises for getting 6-pack abs? It's true... ab-specific exercises DO NOT burn stomach fat, nor do they train a large enough percentage of your full body muscle to stimulate your metabolism or a fat-burning effect.
I'll show you what types of exercises actually burn belly fat much better and stimulate your fat-burning hormones in a minute.
2. The Diet Food Myth
Did you know that many of the "diet foods" at your grocery store that are marketed to you as "health foods" can actually increase belly fat storage? While these companies use clever marketing strategies to fool you into thinking that many of their foods are healthy, in fact, some of them are really junk food in disguise!
I bet you thought soy products were healthy, or that most "whole grain" products were good for you too? Think again! I'll explain more about these common diet lies below.
3. The Abdominal Machine Myth
Most of the ab machines, ab-lounge gadgets, ab-rockers, abs belts, and other info-mercial "abdominizer" gimmicks are all a TOTAL WASTE of your money (and your time).
I know that these advertisements showed fitness models with perfect bodies using these "ab contraptions", but I guarantee you that these fitness models did NOT get their perfect bodies by using any bogus ab belts or loungers. They got their perfect bodies by following strategic full body workout programs and being consistent and dedicated to good wholesome nutrition.
I'll even show you some of the secrets that the top fitness models use to get their amazing bodies. And it's easier than you probably think. You don't have to live on oatmeal, broccoli, and dry chicken breasts either!
4. The Fat Burner Diet Pill Myth
Stop wasting money on bogus "fat burning" diet pills and other expensive supplements. To be honest, most diet pills are pure garbage and won't even help you to lose body fat any faster.
Instead, I'm going to show you some strategic combinations of REAL food (I'm talking healthy natural foods instead of supplements) that will help you increase your metabolism and burn off belly fat in a smarter healthier way.
5. The Cardio Exercise Myth
Most people think it's a "fact" that you need hours and hours of cardio exercise routines each week to lose body fat. This is simply NOT true.
I'm not saying that it doesn't take some hard work, but what I am saying is that there are more effective styles of workouts that produce faster results than doing your typical boring long-duration cardio workout.
So what does work to get rid of stomach fat permanently and get flat abs?
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