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Got Belly Fat You Can’t Get Rid Of? These Could Be The Reason Why!

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Although many of us have tried, most have failed to lose that old Santa belly. Not only is it unsightly, it is exhausting to push it out in front of you all day, it makes you feel bloated, and it is not the tiniest bit sexy.

It seems as if many Americans, of all shapes and sizes, have this same problem. We try everything to burn off that belly, including pills, powders, crazy diets, and machines that are supposed to shake off the fat, but the problem remains.

Why is this?

Fat around the belly actually causes inflammation. Chronic levels of inflammation are the root cause of many systemic diseases that are linked to metabolic syndrome. This is why it is important to get rid of belly fat before it gets rid of us.

Losing belly fat really boils down to three seldom-considered factors. If you have tried just about everything to lose that tummy but it refuses to budge, keep reading. The following are the top three reasons you just can’t win the battle of the bulge.

 

1. Our Exercise Choices

What do you think of when you want to lose weight? Cardio, of course. But think about this: how many people do you see on the treadmills with bigger than normal waistlines? Plenty, right? This is because cardio really doesn’t work when it comes to belly fat. The majority of your workout should be interval training, not plain aerobics.

This doesn’t mean that cardio is bad; it just means that if removing belly fat is what you want, then you need to look at intensity, not length of time. Several studies have confirmed that performing aerobic exercise at high intensity levels with short rest periods in-between is best for burning fat. You can burn more belly fat in a high intensity interval training session than in a 45-minute cardio session.

Who doesn’t want to get more benefits in less time?!

One study, done in 2009, found that just six HIIT sessions over a two-week period increased the potential for fatty acid oxidation. This means it burned more fat overall. To get the maximum results, work out at your maximum intensity with short rest periods in between three to five times each week.

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