Cardio is what works for me. I try to mix it up a bit. Run/walk intervals and Zumba really help me lose inches on my waist. Also be sure to do core exercises to tone.
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While you cannot spot reduce, in other words selectively choosing where to shrink the fat.
I do not agree however, that exercise does not play a role in the way our body responds to weight loss. And the science supports the notion that cardio is king when it comes to shrinking fat loss. It does not mean diet is not important...as the old saying goes, "you cannot out exercise a poor diet."
According to a study published in the American Journal of Physiology, belly fat (the fat surrounding the internal organs) will respond better to cardio training versus strength training. While ST is important for improving strength and lean body mass, it is aerobic exercise that torches the calories which in turn leads to a small mid-section. In a Duke University study, aerobic exercise "burns up to 67% more calories than strength training." So if your goal is to shrink your midsection, cardio is king.
Congratulations on joining a gym! It's one of the best (and most fun) things you can do for your health.
There are ZERO exercises that you can do to lose your gut and stomach, however. Exercise does not make body parts smaller or get rid of fat from particular areas. All exercise can do is make you stronger, faster, healthier, fitter, increase your metabolism, and burn calories. To lose fat, you have to create what's called a "calorie deficit" where you eat fewer calories than you burn. If you burn 1800 calories/day (this is about average), then eat 1300 calories/day -- this way you will lose 1 lb / week. And you can't under ANY circumstances (except liposuction) control where on your body that fat will come off of. It is determined by your DNA and no amount of exercise will make ANY difference.
Exercises that focus on your abs and obliques have only ONE result: stronger abs and obliques. This is a wonderful result, however, and one that you should definitely strive for. Just don't expect your waist to get smaller as a result of exercise; it won't. Your waist gets smaller if you eat less, period, end of story.
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