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Blasting 5 Common Myths about Belly Fat

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In this Article:

  • Everyone needs a little belly fat, but too much can be harmful to your health.
  • Learn the truths to five common myths about belly fat.
  • Healthy habits, such as eating right and exercising regularly, will help you lose fat overall.

Belly fat. Many of us have it and don’t know how to get rid of it. We’ve tried everything from diets to exercise, but the muffin top stubbornly stays.

Everyone needs a little belly fat, but too much can lead to health risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, or heart disease.

Debunking 5 Common Myths

You’ve probably heard of many ways to blast away belly fat.  Are they true? Maybe and maybe not. Here are a few common myths:

Myth #1: Ab Crunches Will Remove The Fat Around My Stomach

Unfortunately, you can’t pick and choose the areas where you’d like to burn fat. Targeting certain spots, like your abs, doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get rid of belly fat. But, combining cardio exercises and strength training will strengthen your muscles, burn calories, and decrease your overall body fat.

Myth #2: Certain Foods Will Blast Belly Fat

Some health magazines and websites claim that eating fish; juicing lemons; or adding a dash of cinnamon, cayenne, or turmeric to your meals can magically melt away your belly fat. Unfortunately, like exercises, certain foods don’t target belly fat. The truth is that eating fiber-rich, dark, leafy vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, and citrus fruits will help you get a leaner body overall.

Myth #3: It Doesn’t Matter What I Eat As Long As I Exercise Every Day

You’ll never get a toned stomach that way. Exercise combined with a healthy diet will help you achieve the body you want. Ditch the fatty, fried foods for lean proteins, real fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

Myth #4: Green Tea Burns Belly Fat

Not any more than any other antioxidant. Sipping green tea is a healthy choice and when combined with healthy dietary changes, can gradually lead to weight loss. But, green tea alone won’t take inches off the waist.

Myth #5: Supplement Pills Will Melt Belly Fat

Buyer beware. There is no scientific proof that these items are effective. Some supplements may not be safe, either. One way to ensure that a dietary supplement product is safe is to see if it is third-party verified. Third-party certification organizations have developed criteria for evaluating and confirming the quality of a supplement.

The truth is your food, fitness, and sleep habits all impact your waistline. The best way to torch that belly fat and tone up your body is through a healthy diet and regular exercise. The more muscles you work, the more calories you’ll burn.

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