If you're like many fit women, you've worked your tush off but your belly fat seems to stick around no matter how well you eat or how hard you sweat! It's incredibly frustrating so what's the deal!? Genetics is a big factor: studies of twins and families show that the amount of ab fat each person carries is inherited- roughly 30 to 70% of the total variation in waist size from person to person is attributable to genetics and that apple shaped physiques are more likely to be passed down than other body types! Inheriting these genes from one parent elevates your odds of living with the belly bulge but if you get socked with a lot of genes from both sides, you may be at an even greater risk for belly pudge that won't easily budge.
More than a couple genes affect abdominal fat. There are 49 to be exact. According to a recent study in the journal Nature, 19 of these genes have a stronger effect in women which suggests that genes may be influenced by hormones. One major player in the belly gat game is cortisol, which you most likely know is triggered through stress.
When you're under stress your body cranks out cortisol, which springs fat from fat stores and dumps it into the bloodstream to give the liver and other organs energy for the flight-or-fight reaction. Any fat that isn't used for energy gets redeposited in fat stores, primarily in the abdomen.
Whether you have an apple shape because you were born with it or because stress has messed with your waistline, it may trigger unhealthy eating habits that can make it to tougher to shed belly fat. Researchers at Drexel University found that in women, an increase in the percentage of body fat stored in the abdomen was linked to a 53% increase in the likelihood of developing out of control bingeing over a two year period, whereas total body fat was not associated with disordered eating. Researchers think that high percentages of ab fat may interfere hunger and satiety messages sent to the brain, which can lead to overindulging. As much as that vicious cycles makes it sound as if getting rid of ab fat is a lost cause, it not and there is hope!! You just have to be more strategic about how you attack the problem than woman with flat abs on the treadmill next to you who's probably genetically blessed! "Those at high genetic risk for abdominal fat can still shed it through exercise, it may just be a more challenging and lengthier process than it is for someone with less genetic risk" says Yann Klimentidid, PHD. Many experts agree saying that changing your routine and going harder may be the key to finally losing your pooch! Here are 3 PROVEN approaches to doing just that. Work them into your week to triple-team ab flab and make a flat-belly breakthrough!
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REDUCE HEIGHTENED CORTISOL LEVELS AND STRESS LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT- There are several key factors to losing fat and one of the most important, and often ignored is controlling the levels of the harmful stress hormone called cortisol. In today’s society stress is everywhere and whether it’s mental, physical, or emotional it increases your cortisol levels. When your cortisol levels remain elevated it signals your body to hold onto fat in your midsection as well as cause lethargy, anxiety, and a weakened immune system. Blackout™ was formulated to reduce your cortisol levels, bringing them back down to a healthy level, in order to promote optimal weight loss results and an overall healthier you.
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HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING
HIIT workouts work to trim you in two ways: it specifically helps to burn off the flab covering your abs, and when it includes the right strength moves, it can simultaneously firm the muscles themselves. The point is to do a lot reps at a high intensity. Circuits of moves like seated band rows paired with reverse plank holds, plank shoulder taps paired with side plank holds, and burpees paired with high plank holds are effective for losing abdominal fat. (Do each pair of moves for 20 seconds total, taking a 10 second break between sets, and then repeat the whole circuit eight to ten times. If you're doing moves with weights, we'd recommend 5-8 pd weights. Make them heavy enough they give you a workout but not so heavy that you can't lift them 12 to 15 times at a pretty fast pace.
CINCHING CORE WORKOUT
To strengthen and cinch in your middle, train your core not just your abs, every other day. For a quick 360 degree blitz, try doing Pilates with a Ab series of 5. Single-leg stretch, single straight leg stretch, double leg stretch, and criss-cross in quick succession without stopping. This series works every core muscle, including the deep, notoriously hard to reach transverse abdominis. You can also mix up Pilates with four types of core workouts: core endurance, like planks and balance exercises that you hold for 20 to 60 seconds: core strength, including weighted russian twists and leg raises, core power such as medicine ball slams and wall throws, and complete core including dead lifts and supermans, which get the small spinal erector muscles in on the action. Incorporate 2 types of core exercises every time you workout and make sure to hit all four categories each week. This ab regimen assures that you work your core from every angle and position.