Our midsections are one of the peskiest areas to lose body fat. Whether it’s due to genetics or pregnancy, it’s one of the last areas to go when trying to lose body fat. Ugh!
If you’re like most women, you’d prefer a more lean, toned midsection. Spot reducing is a waste of time, and anyone with a bit of fitness knowledge under their belt knows it doesn’t work. Good News! Christmas Abbott, a CrossFit competitor and author of the book The Bad-Ass Body Diet, is here to help us say goodbye to our little pooches! Abbott once was “skinny fat” who transformed her body completely. Skinny fat is when you appear skinny in clothes, but you still have a higher body fat percentage.
I feel like our midsections are part of the body we get the most self-conscious about. Christmas understands where many of us women are coming from when you work so hard, and yet, you still see that dreaded fat covering your abs! The key here, according to Christmas is “Food in the foundation and fitness is the accessory.” Okay, that’s great. You’ve probably heard that abs are made in the kitchen. We need the proper macronutrients proteins, carbs, and healthy fats in every meal. This will aid in overall body fat reduction. Therefore, helping in the reduction of your stubborn belly fat. AWESOME! Click here to calculate your macronutrients.
All food are categorized into protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Each of your meals should contain a food item from each of these categories but avoid processed foods and alcohol. Processed foods and alcohol contribute to that unwanted body fat we are trying to get rid of in the first place. Unlike all these other fad diets and exercise regimens, Abbott’s seems fairly easy to follow.
Okay, so we understand how to eat, but what about exercise? According to Abbott, short, high-intensity training sessions have been proven to assist better in reducing belly fat quicker than your steady-state cardio. Phew! Simply running on the treadmill for a half hour can be pretty boring . It makes it much more enjoyable and beneficial to incorporate fast and slow (or complete rest) intervals.
Various workouts can be performed to achieve your desired results, but here are a few to get you moving:
- 45 minutes run/sprint workout
- 60 minutes walk/jog workout
- Various HIIT training videos
A dialed-in diet and exercise regimen in the key to helping you achieve your dream body goals. If you don’t already have a fitness regimen in place, start slowly by working out a few days a week. Eventually, as you become stronger, you’ll be able to work out longer and more frequently. If I can offer any advice, keep your workouts fun. You’re much more likely to stick with ’em and stay motivated. Cheers!