Lose That Tummy Pouch NOW!

My girlfriends here in Illinois are probably peeing themselves reading this post, since I only just started going back to the gym a couple weeks ago after months of hiatus. But I just wanted to share a trick with you guys that I've always stuck to when I decide to get fit. There are 3 keys to getting the fat to fall off, follow along. Ill save the best for last.

There are 2 problem areas for women that I'm sure you are all aware of. The tummy pouch, and the booty. Now I am a firm believer that you should indulge in delicious foods, because Id rather be fat and happy, then hot and depressed. That being said, I think cheat days are the answer. You should eat healthy every day, but Sunday, in my honest opinion. The trick to cutting the fat is eating lots of protein, raw fruits and veggies, and NO SODA or fruit juices. The no soda is huge, in a couple weeks without soda i felt incredible. You can eat healthy while still eating delicious. Egg whites, mozza, and turkey bacon for breakie, chicken salad with oil & vinegar dressing for lunch and turkey burgers on whole wheat for dinner. Its really easy to eat healthy and delicious if you try. Lots and lots of water is also important. I also like to mix in a protein shake after my workout, bananas, strawberries, milk and whey protein. Protein is key in toning up. It helps your muscles recover and builds mass, and the more muscle you have the faster metabolism you will have, and the lbs will fall off.

Next, its important to weight train. A lot of women spend hours on the elliptical or treadmill and never see results. This is because eventually doing the same cardio everyday for the same amount of time, your body will plateau. You will lose weight slower then ever because your body is now used to your 40 minutes run. Not to mention doing cardio for too long everyday can cause you to burn muscle which is baaaad. The real way to burning all that fat is through lean body mass. If you're weight training and building muscle, you're creating muscle mass underneath your fat. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism, and the quicker it is to burn the fat. Plus, nobody wants to be skinny fat, its not about the number on the scale its about the body in the mirror. So you weigh 120 lbs, but there's no definition or tone to your body, what good is that? Skinny fat. Blah. Weight train, yay! Forget the scale, focus on the mirror.

Now the reason I am writing this, is to share with you this one paragraph. THIS is the key to losing the belly fat. INTERVAL TRAINING! Interval training in lamens terms is going at a high intensity for, say, 2 minutes, and then going down to low intensity for another 2 minutes, and continue this cycle for roughly 20 minutes. This focuses on your heart rate, not your calorie loss (the machines lie when it tells you how many calories you've lost anyways.) When you workout at a higher intensity level, you burn actual body fat, not just the calories you’ve consumed that day. Plus, by working at a higher intensity level, you stimulate your body’s own natural growth hormones, which burns even more fat, boosts your metabolism, and builds muscle. Need I repeat, muscle is key!!! I started doing interval training before my wedding last summer, and let me tell you, it was the first time I actually saw results with my training. I can't stress enough that you all give it a try.

So keep in mind next time you head to the gym, don't go on the treadmill for 40 minutes at a slow pace. Get your body going with interval training and you'll not only burn more fat but it will take you half the amount of time! Then mix in some weights and you will see results in no time. Give yourself 6 weeks, I promise you will start to see the fat fall off!!