How do I get rid of my belly?
What can I do about my stomach?
What are some good exercises to get rid of the fat around my midsection?
I need to work on this. (said as they squeeze a handful of love handles)
In my past four months of being a certified personal trainer I have heard these questions more times than I can count and I find it hard to answer. As a wellness coach it's part of my job to help guide you, not just tell you what to do, and I'm finding that a lot of people are miseducated about the best way to tackle the belly problem.
So let's talk about what we know....
You can not spot reduce fat. All the crunches, sit ups, and bicycles in the world are not going to magically melt fat from your abs. Don't get me wrong, core strength is so important for a variety of reasons but exercise alone will not get the job done.
I'm not surprised people believe that you can crunch your way to six pack abs though. Look at this month's cover of Shape magazine.
Really? If I do 3 moves, four times a week for say four weeks I'll have a "flat belly"? Don't fall for it.
I love Shape but that's totally misleading.
We also know 80% of your body composition is determined by your diet. I'm sure you've heard this and "Abs are made in the kitchen." before right? I'll be honest I searched and searched for the origin of the 80% diet, 20% exercise fact and this is what I found: