Saturday, March 23, 2013

How To Tone Your Midsection And Drop Unwanted Weight

By Howe Russ

With everybody trying to search for instant fitness results, it's little surprise that one of the most popular searches on Youtube is 'how to get a six pack in 3 minutes'. However, not everything is too good to be true. Today you'll learn how to lose weight and develop your abdominal muscles quickly with five basic, proven diet principles.

Before you begin it is important to set a realistic goal here. If you have a lot of unwanted weight to drop then it wouldn't be sensible to set yourself, say, a two week target to achieve your goal. Of course, that is merely common sense. However, the techniques taught to you today will enable quick progress from where you are now to where you'd like to be in just a few short months' time. []

Before you do anything at all, though, you will need to accept the fact that a lean midsection isn't solely achieved in the gym. For many, the gym becomes the fun part of the process after a while. The real key to success lies within your daily diet. Ready to begin?

1. Work to a calorie deficit.

2. Sort out your percentage of macronutrients.

3. Don't cut your favorite junk foods from your diet.

4. Drink water regularly.

5. Take advantage of the fat loss benefits offered by high intensity interval training.

So the first thing to do is get you working to a lower total calorie count than you might be right now. In order to do that you need to know how much you eat at the moment. Most people don't know a calorific figure, so the easiest way around this is to simply write down your diet over the next 3-4 days. By eating less you will lose weight, particularly when you combine this with rule number 2.

The second thing we must do is get the right split between the three macronutrients. This means your intake of carbohydrates, protein and fats. A proven method for doing this is to allow 40% of your calories to come from both protein and carbs, and the remaining 20% devoted to fats.

The third rule is where your temptation kicks in. Sadly, most people are not fully prepared for how tempted they are going to be by their favorite junk foods. Most opt for a cold turkey approach and this seldom leads to success. Instead, use your favorite junk foods as a reward system for sticking to your plan. After a week, treat yourself with a day off. While you will surely intake some bad calories, it will help you to stick to your new lifestyle long-term.

Next we look at how much water you drink. Or should we say, how much water you don't drink? Most people get nowhere near enough. Tea, coffee and juice doesn't count. Aim for 6-8 glasses per day. []

Rule five is the final point because it needs a little bit of explaining. Rather than spending hours in the gym pounding on the treadmill, bored out of you mind, try using high intensity interval training. Not only are the fat burning benefits far better than regular cardiovascular exercise, your workouts will become far more fun too.

You don't even need a gym in most cases. Here's a quick example:

* Leg Raises.

* Sit-Ups.

* Side Plank.

Try doing all three exercises for 45 seconds and aim for no rest in between, other than the short time it takes you to transition between each move. Once you finish a round take 30 seconds rest and go again. Three rounds would only take seven minutes, but the results would far outweigh the time investment.

So, before you stress about how to lose weight or spend money on products which claim to yield miracle results, take some time to apply the strategies you have picked up today. Sure, it might not be able to show you how to get a six pack in 3 minutes but then again, you want something which actually works, don't you?

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