Good Morning America: Belly Fat That Won’t Go Away
Do you feel like you’ve worked as hard as you can, but for some reason you can’t seem to lose your belly fat? If you feel this way, you aren’t alone. Abbie Boudreau from Good Morning America helped explain why so many of us deal with this problem.
GMA: Crunches Don’t Help with Belly Fat
Apparently, crunches do not help with belly fat. Yes, you read that correctly, crunches really don’t help get rid of belly fat. The problem is that crunches work the muscles underneath belly fat, but don’t make the fat on the top disappear.
Instead, try exercises that lengthen and strengthen your entire body. Suggested exercises include the Superman pose, the Pike Plank, and even simple Side Bends can firm your oblique muscles.
Good Morning America: Sleep Reduces Ghrelin Hormone & Smarter Snacks
In addition to doing the right exercises, you also must make sure you’re eating a consistent and healthy diet, GMA said. Snack smarter, and cut back on all the processed foods. Protein and fiber are important components for blasting belly fat, so make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
ABC News nutritionist Dave Zinczenko also suggested reducing stress and increasing sleep to six to eight hours a night. He explained the problem even further, pointing at the hormone Ghrelin for much of the problem. Dave Zinczenko said, “A sleepy person produces more of the hormone ghrelin and that means an extra 120 calories a day, which adds up to 12 ½ pounds over a year.”
GMA: Healthy Body Reduces Belly Fat
Overall, keeping your body healthy is the only way to truly get rid of belly fat. Talk to a physical trainer about making sure you’re doing the right exercises, cut back on processed foods, and make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep. When you treat your body right, your body will reward you.