A beer belly may not actually be the by-product of drinking too much, but it has a lot to do with excess calories, and not enough exercise. When you consume alcohol, however, you really are swimming in liquid calories you may not even notice you're consuming. On top of that, your liver tends to process the alcohol first instead of fat, leading to the inevitable weight gain that comes with drinking too much.
It's hard to shed, but it's not impossible. In fact, it is achievable by just about anybody. Here are five moves to help you out. You don't even need a gym!
Instead of traditional crunches, a bicycle crunch has shown to engage more of your abdominal area, especially the six-pack region and your obliques. These are the key areas you want to shape to lose belly fat. Lie on a mat face up, and bring your knees up to 90 degrees from the floor. Place your hands behind your head, and lift up your chest from the ground. Begin to crunch by extending your right leg, and having your right elbow touch your left leg. You're literally pedalling. Do this movement fast. Ensure your shoulders and elbows are open instead of being locked in one place.
The more big muscle groups you engage, the more fat you burn. A deadlift is one of the exercises that activates the most muscle groups. Good form is imperative here. If you're a beginner, make sure you watch videos, or seek help from a trainer to guide you through the movement. Stand with your feet hips-width apart, and have your grip on the barbell just outside your legs. Make sure your back is in neutral spine, and that as you lift, the bar has to be in contact with your legs.
Planks are another classic move to tone up your abdominals. Assume a push up position on a mat, and lift your body off the ground. Hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, and return to the floor. Make sure your back remains straight, and that it doesn't arc or dip. If a plank where you balance on your toes and elbows is hard for you, take it down on your knees instead.
To lose that beer belly, you're going to have to fit in cardio one way or another. Burpees are a high-intensive, full-body exercise that is guaranteed to get you burning fat. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and have your arms by your side. Lower yourself into a squat, and reach your hands in front of you to touch the floor. Jump back into a push up position, keeping your back straight, and not arched or dipping. Jump your legs to the front so you're in a frog leap position, then reach your hands above your head to jump one more time, back to starting position. Repeat for as many reps necessary.
This core exercise also engages your mobility and flexibility. Begin by standing upright, and bend down at the waist so your palms are on the floor. If you need to bend your knees a little, do it. Next walk your hands away from your feet as far as you can. Pause, then walk your feet towards your hands. Repeat for as many times necessary.
To boost your results and support all the effort you are putting in, explore supplements that help to boost your metabolism and increase your body's fat burning ability. One such supplement is Fat Burners. Fat Burners are usually thermogenics that work by increasing your body's core temperature to ignite your metabolism and increase your body's fat burning capacity. They can be high in caffeine so avoid taking them at night, but they can be a great morning pickup in place of coffee! See our Fat Burners here.
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