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The Secret to Blasting Belly Fat

Muffin top, spare tire or love handles. Whatever you call it, carrying excess weight around your middle isn’t just a matter of clothes not fitting properly or a fear of putting on a bathing suit; it’s also a health hazard.

There are three types of fat: triglycerides (the fat that circulates in your blood), subcutaneous fat (the layer directly below the skin’s surface) and visceral fat (dangerous belly fat). Visceral fat is located beneath the muscles in your stomach and poses many dangers to your health when there is too much of it. It produces excess hormones and chemicals, which negatively impacts almost every organ in your body, and increases your risk for health issues such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer.

How do you know if you have too much belly fat? It’s a simple as grabbing a measuring tape. A waist measuring more than 40 inches puts men at risk; for women, it’s anything over 35 inches.

Losing that stubborn belly fat doesn’t happen over night, but it’s possible. Just ask all the people who have successfully transformed their bodies by following the Atkins Diet. And research showing that low-carb diets help people lose that unhealthy visceral fat (as well as body fat everywhere else) continues to back up these real-life examples.

The evidence is clear: hands down, the best way to burn body fat is to switch to a fat-burning metabolism by controlling your carb intake. The best way to whittle your waist is to combine the Atkins Diet and regular exercise, which will enable you to achieve a healthy weight, reduce fat and build muscle. An hour of exercise a day is ideal (research suggests a combination of weight-training and cardio), but even if you can’t work out that much, a regular fitness program will speed your results.

Following a low-carb diet and consistent exercise program to cut down on belly fat not only will help you look good in your favorite pair of jeans or swimsuit; it improves your health and your quality of life!

Published Friday, February 28, 2014 03:37 PM by colette_heimowitz
Filed Under: Induction, Weight Loss, Nutrition
Comments
symoyer said:
thanks for the tips. I have the old spare tire and the older I get the harder it is to deflate! I swim at least 3 times a week for an hour but sit behind a desk most of the day so it's a slow process.
February 28, 2014 04:04 PM EST
sock.knitter said:
Not getting anywhere near and hour each day, so I guess I better step it up! I guess I'll have to go shopping for that favorite pair of jeans in the size I want to get down to, and hang them in my closet so I see them everyday for motivation! Thanks for the post!
February 28, 2014 04:14 PM EST
colette_heimowitz said:
Hello Anitabenson. The Atkins diet has been shown to effectively reduce belly fat because you are burning fat for fuel.Exercise can accelerate the process.
March 01, 2014 07:39 PM EST
katiemarie13 said:
I need help please! I don't know how to get back in track with my diet. I need to start off in phase 1 again.. Any advise I don't know what to do I need to loose at least 15-20 pounds..
March 02, 2014 09:37 AM EST
rhill22 said:
Hello, I'm in the induction phase and sometimes I don't meet the requirement of getting the 20 carbs in a day. will that effect my weight loss? I want to get this right so any advise tips will be welcome. Thanks
March 02, 2014 06:15 PM EST
rickmanp said:
I am in the induction phase since I began on Feb. 6. I have lost inches and 7 lbs, but I have not lost anything in about a week. I am good about the net carbs, drinking water, but I am creating my own menu to my likes. What do I need to do?
March 02, 2014 08:29 PM EST
Jugosse said:
How important is it to have 3 meals a day. It seems if I have breakfast, I am hungry the rest of the day, therefore if I avoid breakfast, I am not hungry until 1 PM and then again at 5, however, by 8 until I go to bed at 11 I am hungry. Any suggestions? Thank you Jugosse
March 03, 2014 03:58 PM EST
mukenaman said:
aloha,my name is Tim and im 57 years old and im 5'9 and way 220lbs.i just started the adkens diet last week.iv had open heart surgery with a 4bypass 4months ago.i really need to get this wait off.i want to get down to 165,thats what i waid when i was 25 years old.im really trying hard to get this done.is there a phone number for me to talk to someone on doos and donts.that would help me ALOT
March 10, 2014 03:13 PM EST
starqn said:
I am at the beginning of week 3 of induction phase and have only lost 1 pound. What gives? This is upsetting - NOT CHEATING ONE BIT! any advice? I'm female. 52 yrs old. I need to lose 40 pounds
March 11, 2014 02:39 PM EST
pdo2012 said:
I have excess around the middle, but part of that is the stomach muscles after I had my first child fell. Is there anything that will help that kind of muffin roll.
March 12, 2014 09:11 PM EST
nana6300 said:
on the 1st part of program---can the frozen meals be used??
March 15, 2014 12:44 PM EST
nana6300 said:
on the 1st part of program---can the frozen meals be used??
March 15, 2014 12:44 PM EST
elisea64 said:
High Colette I have the muffin effect I am 50 years old out of work recovering from a tia stroke in June have diabetes and high blood pressure and I am very unmotivated the weakness on right side makes it hard to do much please give me some easy ideas how to get moving
March 16, 2014 12:54 AM EST
Sharon KF said:
I have restarted the plan and am on day 13 right now. Very happy to date with my progress. I want to read everything to learn to do it right this time. My question may sound stupid but I see on this page many questions that I would also have asked......but I don't see your answer to any but the first one. How do I find where you provided a reply? Also not so great with the computer yet, so it may be right in front of me and I don't see....Thank you. I'm so anxious to become an active part of this group.
March 23, 2014 10:50 AM EST
cgatewood2 said:
Hi my name is Cynthia, I have been struggling with my weight for quite some time now. I carry most of my weight in my upper part of my body, yes the Apple shape. My husband was recently diagnosis with type 2 diabetes about a month ago. Every since then we have cut out eating out to a couple of days a week, We are making more healthy choices. I started the Atkins Diet and have already lost several inches and 6 pounds. Cutting out carbs, wasn't really that hard, it was something I needed to do! I have been doing a lot of research on sugar and carbs and it make since that it is the source to a lot of health problems!
March 29, 2014 10:30 PM EST
cgatewood2 said:
Hi my name is Cynthia, I have been struggling with my weight for quite some time now. I carry most of my weight in my upper part of my body, yes the Apple shape. My husband was recently diagnosis with type 2 diabetes about a month ago. Every since then we have cut out eating out to a couple of days a week, We are making more healthy choices. I started the Atkins Diet and have already lost several inches and 6 pounds. Cutting out carbs, wasn't really that hard, it was something I needed to do! I have been doing a lot of research on sugar and carbs and it make sense that it is the source to a lot of health problems!
March 29, 2014 10:31 PM EST
sao rames said:
hi colette, great tips, I had been following great diet and doing simple exercises at home as suggested here, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97ORyVlUMI">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97ORyVlUMI</a> , can u please suggest me some more resources to follow and reduce my belly
May 13, 2014 04:48 AM EST
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