When people refer to their pot belly they generally mean the excess fat around their waistline. There are several ways you can get a pot belly and there are also different exercises you can do to get rid of a pot belly stomach.
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It is always easier to get a pot belly than it is to get rid of it. If you eat right and exercise regularly you may be able to avoid getting a pot belly to begin with. Once you get one you need to be extra vigilant with your daily nutrition and activity levels.
A pot belly cannot be cured with magic diet supplements or special clothing that you wear while watching television. The only way to get rid of your pot belly stomach is to exercise and improve your dietary habits.
What causes a pot belly stomach?
Different people experience pot belly for different reasons. Some people may have weak abdominal muscles or they bloat easily. Other people have constipation problems or like to drink too much beer and not exercise.
If you can determine what caused your pot belly stomach then you can make some conscious lifestyle choices to eliminate it. If you know certain foods cause you to bloat then you may want to try and avoid them, or at least do not eat them just before you exercise or go out with friends.
Women who have been pregnant may get a pot belly at random times based on the foods they eat because their stomach muscles have been overstretched and will now bloat more easily. If beer is your pot belly enemy, then reduce your intake or eliminate it from your diet altogether.
As you age, your metabolism slows down and that makes it harder to get rid of your pot belly, too. You need to increase your activity level as you get older in order to burn more calories. By burning more calories you can burn fat and eliminate your pot belly. Once you get a pot belly you have to work extra hard to reduce it. In addition to avoiding pot belly triggers you need to exercise correctly.
If I don’t exercise how can I get rid of a pot belly stomach?
You have to exercise in order to get rid of a pot belly stomach. You can avoid some triggers that cause pot belly stomach but there is only one way to reduce it without exercise. The only way around exercising is drastic measures such as liposuction. Liposuction can suck the fat (literally) from your stomach area.
Depending on how much fat you have, this can leave you with a great amount of excess sagging skin. The excess skin may tighten over time, but more than likely you will need some type of surgical procedure to remove the excess skin.
What kinds of exercise get rid of a pot belly stomach?
The best exercise you can do to get rid of a pot belly stomach is to combine aerobic exercise with anaerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise can help you burn fat and anaerobic exercise can help you build muscle, which in turn helps to burn fat.
Aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise work together to get the most complete workout for any fitness goals. When you are targeting your pot belly there are certain exercises you can do for both types of exercises that concentrate on the abdominals.
Certain types of exercise are specifically designed for the core of your body; your abdominals. Pilates is a total body workout that concentrates on the core throughout. Certain floor exercises, such as abdominal crunches, also focus on the stomach.
Any aerobic exercise that causes you to sweat is going to help you burn calories and fat. Swimming, walking, and general aerobic routines are all good ways to get rid of a pot belly stomach.
You can also work on getting rid of your pot belly stomach throughout the day. Keep yourself in good posture at all times to reduce the appearance of a pot belly.
All day long, keep your stomach muscles contracted and your core held tight. Think of sucking your belly button all the way to your back. Since muscles have memory, this trick can actually help you keep good form.
The stronger your abdominals get the more fat you will shed and the better you will look. Use the exercise finder to get core abdominal exercises and start getting rid of your pot belly stomach right now!