A “muffin top” can make you feel like a prisoner inside your own clothes, especially when the weather gets warmer and it’s time to put on your summer clothes. Anyone who overeats is likely to put on some extra belly fat, especially when the person isn’t burning off all those calories daily.
Consuming lots of sugary beverages like beers and sodas also adds to this problem. Other issues that might make you more likely to develop visceral fat include:
- Hormone imbalances
- High sodium and carbohydrate imbalance
While having excess belly fat can take jabs at your self-esteem, it is also the most dangerous type of fat you can have.
Generally, you want your body fat to be as low as possible, but it is beer guts in particular that have been linked to serious issues like diabetes, increased cortisol production, and heart disease.
In other words, losing your excess belly fat won’t just make you look and feel better, it will also make you a lot less likely to end up with some pretty serious diseases.
Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to get rid of that pesky muffin top:
1) Sign up for martial arts classes
Nothing compares to martial arts classes when it comes to burning off the extra points. Sure, any activity that makes you exert yourself like running or working out at the gym will burn off some calories, but it will not be close to what you would have burned if you spent that time at a martial arts class.
You will get a total-body workout when you attend one of these classes. A martial arts like Muay Thai burns up to 1,000 calories every time you train, and you burn a lot more if you decide to spar afterward. That is a lot more calories burned compared to many other activities like jogging (which burns approximately 400 calories per hour), running (which burns around 500 calories per hour, and weight lifting (which only burns about 300 calories per hour). Unlike martial arts classes, these activities also get boring really fast.
Burning these many calories every day you train will also make it a lot easier to stick with your diet since you will have fewer items to remove.
Signing up for martial arts classes will also lower your stress levels. This is very important when you are trying to burn your muffin top away since your body secretes more cortisol when you are stressed out. Training martial arts will give you a way to release all the tension inside you in a positive manner. You’ll feel a lot more relaxed at the end of every session.
You will also get to make a bunch of new friends when you train, and they can serve as a support system. Being stress-free won’t just prevent excess cortisol secretion; it will also make it easier for you to fall asleep when it is time to get some rest. That leaves you with more energy during the day to tackle the issues that are stressing you out in the first place.
While you’re burning your beer gut away, you will also get to learn cool techniques and self-defense skills. You’ll also learn important values like discipline, respect, and perseverance. All of these will come in handy in your quest to get rid of your excess body fat.
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Posted by Evolve MMA on Friday, June 30, 2017
As we discussed earlier, the biggest reason people develop fat around their mid-section is overeating. Running a few miles or working at home will help you burn a few calories, but if you’re eating too much, all your hard work will be in vain.
Consult a doctor, nutritionist, or do a lot of research and figure out how many calories someone your age, gender, and body type should be consuming. Once you have that number, start keeping track of how many calories you consume daily. That will make it easier to figure out which items you need to take out of your diet. You’d be surprised when you find out how many calories you can cut out of your diet by doing something as simple as cutting out sugary drinks.
The key to getting the best results from your diet is to stick with it. It is okay to have one or two cheat days a week. It will not have much of an effect on your results. Dieting is not about forcing yourself to eat foods that you do not enjoy. No, a proper diet means you still get to enjoy all your favorite foods in moderation. It is all about your total daily calorie intake. For example: if you plan to pig out later in later in the day at a get-together, go easy on breakfast and lunch. It is the little things like these that will help you achieve optimal results. You won’t even have to think about it after a while. It will just be a habit; a very healthy one.
Don’t get comfortable with your muffin top. It doesn’t only affect your physical appearance; it can also have severe negative effects on your health. By combining a healthy diet with martial arts classes, it’s only a matter of time before your muffin top disappears.
Anyone one can get rid of excess body fat when they make it a priority. Take control of your health today and book a trial class to being your martial arts journey. Don’t procrastinate any longer.
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