I wish I had a dollar for every member who asked "What's the best exercise to get rid of this?" or "What's the best exercise to tone up this area?" Then they point to, or pat a part of their body, and the tummy is the most common body part.
To answer the question I simply ask...
"Are you more interested in getting rid of the fat over and around your tummy, or toning the muscles under the fat?"
There's typically a delay while people contemplate the question and their answer. Then, the most common response is:
"I'm really more interested to get rid of the fat over the tummy." Of course, some say "both".
The science is really clear:
And so the best exercise to lose weight is...... going through a process to discover the best eating plan for your body, then developing the food skills and habits to support and enjoy that plan. And please don't make the mistake of saying to yourself "I know what I'm meant to be eating." You might as well go up to a stranger in the street and say to them "I know what you're meant to be eating."
Did you notice above that we wrote "get access to your body fat"? Here's an explanation of what we mean. Say you're carrying 10 kilos extra. That's about 77,000 calories in stored energy, enough to walk for 15,400 minutes = 256 hours = brisk walking for 1,456 km = about the distance from Sydney to Melbourne and back! That's a lot of stored energy. Do you ever get low on energy or hungry? What a conundrum!
If you answered "yes", then this indicates that you may not have ready access to your body's stored fat. Eat less and exercise more, and you just get hungry. The only way to get access to your stored body fat is to discover the eating plan that gives you access to your own stored fat. Once you discover this, you can lose weight without hunger!
At Healthy Inspirations we have a saying "One diet does NOT suit every body." We're all unique. The diet pattern that will work for one person rarely works for others. And once you learn and adapt the diet that works for your body, then you've got to learn the planning skills and develop the lifestyle habits that make that weight loss last. There's no quick fix.
Finally - 5 Simple Exercise Tips: