Stephanie Bauman – @TrainerSteph7
The number one question I get when someone new walks into the gym: what machine will help me lose this (as they point to their midsection area)? Unfortunately there is no certain machine that will guarantee you will lose your midsection. Here are 5 ways to help you lose that unwanted midsection:
#1 way: Stop doing crunches. You will not crunch your midsection away. Spot reduction is not a thing and crunches will be strengthening your abs not getting rid of the access fat around your core muscles.
#2 way: Burn calories. In order to lose any fat you need to burn calories or take less calories in. You need to be a caloric deficit in order to lose fat. Cardio can help you burn calories but shouldn’t be your main focus of your workouts as I will explain in the next way. Just make sure you are moving throughout the day and eating less that you normally do.
#3 way: Build muscle overall. Having more muscle will allow you to burn more calories throughout the day. Having a great strength program that will allow you to build muscle is a great way to build muscle and lose that midsection.
#4 way: Eat more protein. Most people are not eating enough protein. Protein is what keeps you full longer. It also will help you build muscle. Eating .6-.8 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight is a great start. Then slowly work up to .8- 1.0 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight.
#5 way: Stay motivated. Results fuel motivation. Measuring your waist to start. Then measure it every 2-3 weeks to see your progress. The weight on the scale isn’t always the best way to measure results. Especially when there is a certain area you want to see go away. Your results should focus on that area. Meaning you get a tape measure and you measure that area (your waist) to really see the progress you making.
Summary: Stop trying to spot reduce a certain area. Your workouts should consist of strength and cardio training. Eat less food but make sure you are eating more protein. Make sure to track the progress of your target area. Don’t just measure your weight. No machine is going to help you lose your midsection. It’s going to take hard work and dedication to lose your midsection. Don’t look for the easy way out. Put in the work and you will get the results you want.
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