Spare tires and beer bellies seem to appear out of nowhere for the aging man. We can all agree this has everything to do with diet and the ever declining balance of hormones in a man’s body. Or just good ole laziness.
A flat stomach that seemed indestructable in the younger active years seems like a long lost dream to the middle aged man, but what actually causes this and how can you get rid of it?
The main areas of the body with the highest percentage of body fat are around the hips, thighs and essential organs (belly area). Once these areas start to
pack on the extra pounds they move outward towards your arms and feet.
If fat begins to accumulate on your arms, then when you burn calories, your body will take it from there first. This has something to do with protecting/or warming your vital organs in the event of disaster.
This is why when you begin an intense running program, the first place for fat to disappear from is your arms and lower legs. Eventually, if you continue an intense running program, that weight will start to come off of your shoulders and thighs. Finally, once all of the remote fat stores are depleted, your body will start using the fat around your vitals (belly).
Your body stores fat using a F-I-L-O algorithm (First In Last Out). For example, if you were to stack 10 papers, in order to get the first paper off of the stack, you would have to remove the top 9 papers.
In other words, if you want to get at that belly fat, you have to attack your whole body mass % as a whole. It’s impossible to “target” belly fat.
If someone told you they did a bunch of crunches and they got a flat stomach, its because of the calories they burned, not because their abs got amazingly strong.
Having a six pack is about low body fat, not super big ab muscles.
Solution: HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training) sprint your ass off 100% maximum effort for 15-30 seconds followed by a 2 minute rest. Do this for 15 minutes at least 3 days a week.
Oh and stop stuffing your face with beer and cheesy pork nom noms.