The Dangers of Excess Abdominal Fat
By: Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
Did you know that the vast majority of people in this day and age have
excess abdominal fat?
The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat
is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible, and makes them
self conscious about showing off their body.
However, what most people don't realize is that excess abdominal fat in
particular, is not only ugly, but is also a dangerous risk factor to your
health. Scientific research has clearly determined that although it is
unhealthy in general to have excess body fat throughout your body, it is
also particularly dangerous to have excess abdominal fat.
There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first
type that covers up your abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat
and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.
The second type of fat that you have in your abdominal area is called
visceral fat, and that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and
surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain
men that "beer belly" appearance where their abdomen protrudes excessively
but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.
Both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in the abdominal area are serious
health risk factors, but science has shown that having excessive visceral
fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both of them greatly
increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood
pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other
Part of the reason visceral fat is particularly dangerous is that it
apparently releases more inflammatory molecules into your body on a
If you care about the quality of your life and your loved ones, reducing
your abdominal fat should be one of your TOP priorities! There's just no way
around it. Besides, a side effect of finally getting rid of all of that
excessive ugly abdominal fat is that your stomach will flatten out, and if
you lose enough stomach fat, you will be able to visibly see those sexy six
pack abs that everyone wants.
So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat? The first thing you must understand
is that there is absolutely NO quick fix solution. There are no pills or
supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster.
Also, none of the gimmicky ab rockers, rollers, or ab belts will help get
rid of abdominal fat either. You can't spot reduce your stomach fat by using
any of these worthless contraptions. It simply doesn't work that way.
The only solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off
for good is to combine a sound strategic nutritious diet full of unprocessed
natural foods with a properly designed exercise program that stimulates the
necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body. Both your food
intake as well as your training program are important if you are to get this
I've actually even seen a particular study that divided thousands of
participants into a diet-only group and an exercise/diet group. While both
groups in this study made good progress, the diet-only group lost
significantly LESS abdominal fat than the diet & exercise combined group.
Now the important thing to realize is that just any old exercise program
will not necessarily do the trick. The majority of people that attempt
getting into a good exercise routine are NOT working out effectively enough
to really stimulate the loss of stubborn abdominal fat. I see this everyday
at the gym.
Most people will do your typical boring cardio routines, throw in a little
outdated body-part style weight training, and pump away with some crunches
and side bends, and think that they are doing something useful for reducing
their abdominal fat. Then they become frustrated after weeks or months of no
results and wonder where they went wrong.
Well, the good news is that I've spent over a decade researching this topic,
analyzing the science, and applying it "in the trenches" with myself as well
as thousands of my clients from all over the world to see what works to
really stimulate abdominal fat loss.
The entire solution... all of the nutritional strategies, as well and
training sequences, exercise combinations, and more have all been compiled
in my Truth About Six Pack Abs Program.
Keep in mind that the point of this whole program is NOT abdominal exercises
(that is only a very small portion of it). The main point of this program is
showing you the absolute most effective strategies for losing your stubborn
abdominal fat, so you can get rid of that dangerous health risk, as well as
get a flatter more defined midsection.
If you follow the guidelines, you WILL lose your belly fat that has been
plaguing you for years. This is not guesswork... it is a proven system that
works time and time again for all of my clients on every corner of the globe
that actually apply the information I teach. If you apply it, the results
will come. It's really that simple.
The only reason most people fail in their fitness goals is that they have
good intentions at first to adopt a new lifestyle, yet after a few weeks or
months, they abandon their good intentions and slip right back into their
old bad habits that gave them the excess body fat in the first place.
I want to help you succeed in finally getting rid of that extra abdominal
fat that is not only UGLY, but also DANGEROUS.
Don't waste another day allowing that nasty abdominal fat to kill your
confidence as well as contribute to your risk for MAJOR diseases.
Train hard, eat right, and enjoy life!
About the Author
Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit www.TurbulenceTraining.com
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