One of the biggest problem areas on us men is our lower belly. All the BEER we drink, all those cheeseburgers, and all the items smothered in some kind of fat-laden substance doesn’t go straight to our thighs–it goes straight to our gut. It sits right above our belt line and gives us that awesome gorgeous “muffin-top” look. Trying to figure out how to burn belly fat is one of those “golden eggs” that we men search and reach for throughout most of our adult life. And we usually miss it. Here is what we usually do. Which is why we miss it.
You’ve heard it. You have to “burn fat.” How do you burn fat? You do cardio. So you get on the treadmill. You try the elliptical. You spend hours upon hours per week trying to burn the fat. And it doesn’t work. So why is cardio considered the way to lose weight? Because it can work, if you also EAT LESS! Of course, this is what the Half Meal Habit does for you, but we will get to that later. The reason why cardio isn’t working for you is you’re not eating less.
Another reason why cardio is not doing the trick for you is because it has a fatal flaw. It doesn’t introduce lean muscle mass onto your frame.
So now we have the solution, right? Adding lean muscle mass is how to burn off belly fat. We need to pump some iron and we’ll drop the pounds. But how does muscle burn fat? It doesn’t actually. It just burns more calories that fat. The problem is, that extra muscle really isn’t burning enough calories to make a real difference.
A pound of muscle only burns about 6 calories a day at rest (see this article…if you want the boring details). Give it activity, and it burns a little more, but not enough to truly make a big difference. So it turns out the answer to the question of how to burn lower belly fat is not strictly lifting weights!
Lift, Run, Burn!
Ah, so I’m now one step ahead of you! You figured out if you do some cardio AND add lean muscle mass you’ll burn off that fat! You’re right! We have discovered the answer to this age old question that dates back to at least the 1970’s. So, how come we are all still tub-o-lards?
Mainly because of time. Have you ever tried to lift weights, then do cardio, then rinse and repeat? Me, too, and I rock it–for a while. But 30 minutes of cardio plus 30 minutes (or more) of lifting everyday becomes overbearing, tedious, and downright too hard. So many people try to follow the old standards, and fail again and again.
If only there was a way to get the benefits of both cardio and lifting in a shorter period of time! The good news is that there is! (Is this sounding like an infomercial yet?). And I explain it all in my e-book.
Okay, NOW it’s sounding like an informercial! Seriously, though, I will share it with you now.
There is a style of exercise that will have you adding lean muscle mass and elevating your heart rate high enough and long enough so you reap the benefits you need. It’s called High Intensity Interval Training. You can research it online if you want to, but I will give you a brief explanation.
Basically, you use your own body weight (or weights, it’s up to you) for resistance, thereby giving you that weight training effect. Then you do the exercises as hard as you can for a short burst, such as 30 to 50 seconds. After a brief rest of about 10 seconds, you move on to the next move. Repeat this about 12 to 16 times (for a total of about 12 to 16 minutes) and you’re done.
It doesn’t sound like enough, does it? It is. By raising your heart rate with the intensity, you are getting enough cardio in that workout. By straining your muscles a lot more than regular cardio, you’re getting the resistance training. It is quite an amazing style of workout that works. And it has changed, and continues to change, the way I look:
If you’re wondering how to burn belly fat, I accomplished my weight loss with HIIT workouts and following the half meal habit in about 100 days. Eat less (up to 900 calories less per day), move more (12 to 16 minutes a day, 3 to 4 times in a week for a total of 60 minutes per week), and hydrate (replenish with water at specific times throughout your day). If I can do it, you can too!
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