A pot belly isn’t built in a day. Or a week for that matter.
In truth it is nurtured and developed over time.
True story… I had a love interest that grudgingly dated me on the condition that I, “develop something in front I can hold unto.”
And she meant it. I was lean and mean those days. The relationship did not end well.
I see you at my local gym. I know you will read this. Thank you.
The African diet is a set up.
It is designed to make you fat. It’s like soul food, it is best just at the point of entry. Otherwise…. Fatty, dangerous, tasty and delicious!!
I’ve always loved it in Europe. Easier to watch what you eat. Variety exists. Calorific value is easier to account for.
But you are where you are now. You are probably overweight and/or have a belly you would rather have flatter or firmer.
You just had a baby and would love to have your stomach flat again. Firmer, tauter than before if possible.
Muscles have memory. It’s easier to reactivate previously tone muscles than to awaken muscles atrophied- for lack of a better adjective.
My point is that if you have not worked out all your life, it’s going to be hard to start.
If you are female and partial to diets, same difference.
So, what to do?
Firstly, surgery. Cosmetic surgery. Nip and tuck.
Liposuction… Gastric bypass… Whatever.
Quick fix your gut.
If you can afford it that is. And till the next child drops in, or indiscipline kicks in.
Slimming teas, tablets, pills, fat binders… Etcetera.
Careful though. Some of those things will kill you. Do your research first. Consult your doctor.
Thirdly, work out.
Tiresome. Painful. Physical and psychological discipline required.
Fourthly, diet. Watch what you eat and drink. Watch whatever goes into your mouth.
Fifthly, ‘Ef’ it! You’re beautiful just the way you are. Someone, somewhere loves you regardless. Or… You’re comfortable in your skin. It bothers you not. It’s the natural response to age or prosperity (or indiscipline).
Sixthly, (these ‘lys’ are starting to sound wrong… Sigh… You get my point though? No? Fret not, it’ll come to you) a medley of all the above.
A salad of all the ‘lys’.
Go to heaven, hell or whatever you believe your afterlife to be. Be free of all the hassle of being what is not you.
Give up. Be free.
I favour the sixth ‘ly’.
It worked for me.
I have a few people that love me just as I am.
I watch what I eat; low fat, as little carbohydrates as I can manage. Sadly, I drink whatever, and eat whenever. But I’m still on point because I work out. A lot.
I have never been fat. Or grossly overweight. I don’t beat myself up investigating BMI and all what not… I just try to be fit. And muscular. And lean. And sexy.
1) don’t work out at home alone. Get your closeted behind to a gym. Get inspired there or corrected when you’re erroneously killing yourself/body part.
2) start off each session with at least thirty minutes on a treadmill or cardio session or whatever raises your heart rate significantly. Whatever physical exercise (no not sex perv) makes you sweat.
3) pick up weights. You lose pounds faster. No ladies, you aren’t likely to develop muscles. You have hormones and estrogen in particular. Please stop being lazy and argumentative. Thank you.
4) gym membership is a lifestyle. It’s not a quick fix. It should be for life.
5) Lipo 6 Black. Hydroxycut. Green Tea extracts etc… Are popular weight loss pills you can safely use to JumpStart the weight loss process. I used it to lose the first ten pounds. Been legitimately working the rest off ten years (and counting) now.
6) there is a weight gain trigger in us all. For you, candy. For Debra, alcohol. For Andy, carbohydrates. Know yours and abstain accordingly.
7) the stomach muscle is flat. It’s not bunched line like your bicep or thigh. It’s easy to distend from overeating. It’s also easy to subdue via targeted exercises.
8) posture! Keep your stomach taut. Like breathing, it will soon be reflex. It’s your first rule actually. Hold the belly in, 24/7!
9) drink water regularly. Hydrate. Just plain water. Hold that silly question on the water!
Just. Plain. Water.
I think I’m done now.
This is a 2-part series.
I read this up and thought to share.
My experiences and proven system to solve this common problem will drop in a few days.
“How do I get rid of this?” Men and women of every shape and size ask me this question all the time, pointing to their bellies with puzzled faces.
It’s the million-dollar question, and many companies are making more money than that offering answers. But you don’t need to spend a dime to tighten and tone those abdominals, though. You only need to understand a few things about the human body.
THE LATEST GIMMICK
Many television ads are now pitching devices that supposedly stimulate muscles so that they contract over and over without exercise. I even saw an infomercial for an “ab belt” that claimed it does the work of 700 sit-ups in ten minutes! The ad shows people doing various abdominal exercises the wrong way, hating every second of it, versus smiling men and women going about their days with “Ab-whatevers” strapped around them. How enticing!
Several people in these ads claim to have lost inches around the waist as a result of using these products. Many inches. Men with six-pack abs give credit to the device. This is feeding the viewership’s disillusionment about how to lose the belly. Strengthening the abs alone (and these machines couldn’t possible do much of that) just won’t do it.
Why is this? Because of the fat! If a heavy woman does hundreds of crunches a day, she may develop strong abs, and they might tighten up a bit, but she’ll still have lots of fat covering them up, and she won’t look any thinner.
About fifty percent of her body fat is located directly beneath the skin. Do you know where most of the rest of it is? Inside the muscles. Doing crunches will not get rid of this fat, and neither will the vibrating belt in the television ads.
“MANY TELEVISION ADS ARE NOW PITCHING DEVICES THAT SUPPOSEDLY STIMULATE MUSCLES SO THAT THEY CONTRACT OVER AND OVER WITHOUT EXERCISE.”
BURN THE FAT
The best way to slim down in the middle is to do plenty of cardiovascular exercise. Some good examples of this are:
walking, jogging, swimming, aerobics, bicycling…and high-activity sports like racquetball, tennis and basketball. Anything that brings your heart rate to its training zone and keeps it there for at least twenty minutes conditions your heart and burns fat.
As you lose subcutaneous fat, your skin will become more taut. As the fat within your muscles decreases, you will appear more toned and less flabby. The number one thing you need to think about is the cardio. Five times a week!
MAKE YOUR BODY A MORE EFFECTIVE FAT BURNER!
LARGE MUSCLE GROUPS TO CONCENTRATE ON
Front and back of thighs, Buttocks, Back, Chest, Triceps and biceps, Calves, Hips, Forearms, Shoulders.
Toning along with cardiovascular work will speed up and improve the process, but don’t think that you only need to work on your abs. This is another grave misconception. The truth is that when you work all the larger muscle groups, adding more mass to your muscles, you rev up your metabolism to heights it has never before reached.
Your muscles need extra calories to maintain themselves, so more of the food you eat will be feeding your muscles instead of your trouble spots. Your conditioned heart (from the cardiovascular stuff) is more effective at burning calories as well, so you have the golden combination there.
As the fat comes off your body, it will come off your belly. Your body fat is like one organ, located throughout your body, and you can’t take it off of just one spot unless you have liposuction done.
Always work your abs at the end of your workout. There’s a good reason for this. You are indirectly using them for all the other exercises you do.
The abs are important stabilizer muscles that keep your form in check. If you do abs first, you will tire them out, and your whole workout will be less than optimal. Work down from the largest to the smallest muscles.
“THE BEST WAY TO SLIM DOWN IN THE MIDDLE IS TO DO PLENTY OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE SUCH AS JOGGING, SWIMMING, AND BICYCLING.”
Crunches and Janda Sit-ups primarily work the largest abdominal muscle, the rectus abdominis, which flexes the spine. This muscle compresses the abdomen to a point, but there are other muscles that you need to pay attention to, as well.
The internal and external obliques, which I like to call “nature’s girdle”, are located at the sides of the rectus abdominis. They are the muscles you use when you bend sideways at the spine or twist at the waist. They also contract to compress the abdomen, so you should work them just as hard as you work the rectus abdominis. Adding a twist to crunches works, as well as dumbbell v side bends, but be careful not to use any jerky motions, especially if you’ve had back problems.
The transversus abdominis is located at your sides, below the obliques. Often called “lower abs”, this is the muscle that women who are trying to lose the belly after pregnancy should concentrate on. Exercises that call for raising the legs instead of the upper body are very effective at strengthening the transversus.
“CRUNCHES AND JANDA SIT-UPS PRIMARILY WORK THE LARGEST ABDOMINAL MUSCLE, THE RECTUS ABDOMINIS, WHICH FLEXES THE SPINE.”
Walking puts all of the abdominal muscles to work. Make sure you swing your arms and contract your midsection while you walk, and maintain a brisk pace. Once you get your body accustomed to a daily walk, you’ll hate to go a day without it. Walk for at least thirty minutes each time to achieve the aerobic effect, and be sure to drink plenty of water.
Weight training not only helps the metabolism, but it also strengthens the bones. Women who work out with weights are much less likely to develop osteoporosis in later years than their counterparts. Adding muscle also does wonders for the energy level and self-esteem.
Contrary to a popular myth, lifting weights will not bulk you up with muscles that will eventually turn to more fat. They will give you a more feminine and symmetrical shape. If you enjoy weight training, do it.
Yoga is equally effective at strengthening the body, especially the abs and back. It improves the posture tremendously, to create a taller, leaner appearance. Pilates and many mat-based exercises are also great alternatives. The important thing is that you find an activity that you like to do. This will greatly improve the odds of you sticking to it.
“YOGA IS EQUALLY EFFECTIVE AT STRENGTHENING THE BODY, ESPECIALLY THE ABS AND BACK.”
The most important thing you need to do is to program yourself mentally. Don’t use a scale to measure your progress. If you work out with weights, you may gain a few pounds while losing inches around the waist. Instead, use that pair of jeans that you want to fit into again, or a pair that fits you now. You’ll see a slight change every few weeks, and that should give you confidence.
Walk as tall as you can. Do back and leg stretches daily to improve your posture. When you’re driving to work, sit up nice and straight and adjust the rear-view mirror so that you’ll know when you’re slouching. Don’t let your shoulders fall forward when you’re at your desk. You can look a size smaller just by doing these things.
I hate to say it. We’ve all seen people with “good genes” and wondered if they had any idea how lucky they are. They probably don’t, but that’s okay. Consider it a character-building experience. If you blame your ancestors for excess flesh in the middle, don’t feel helpless. You just have to work a little harder than some others.
You can still sculpt out a slimmer silhouette with cardiovascular exercise, a healthy, balanced, low fat diet and whatever bonus activities you throw in. This may not be a novel approach, but it really works.
I’m not telling you that it’s easy, but it really is pretty simple. In an age where people don’t even have to go outside to grill a steak, it’s tempting to spend a few dollars on a quick fix. Human anatomy hasn’t changed much throughout history, however. If you adopt your grandparents’ work ethic and apply it to your every day life, you will achieve your greatest results.
Originally published on Inch-Aweigh.com.
Let there be trust
Let there be communication
Let there be; love…
She was proud
She was arrogant
She was insecure
He was rebellious
He was angry
He was stubborn
Then they fought
Then they lost
Then they pretended
They love each other
They hate each other
They are ‘love-lost’.
You are beautiful
Tiny, yet larger than life
A wonderful bundle
You are more than enough.
And so I kiss you often
Because soon I cannot
And so I try to carry you often
Because soon I will not.
You are my ‘shooting star’
Blazing forth in bright light…
My erudite scholar…
My dunamis; my might.
Thou art great; a legend.
Thou art a god my son.
Thou shalt be excellent until the end.
I bless you; my Aydin.
It did not work last year. It will most likely fail epically this year too.
A happy New Year to you!
(Auld Lang Syne softly playing in my head as I write…)
We made it!
Okay, okay… Enough with the corniness…
Why do you torture yourself with “New Year Resolutions”?
What is it about the first of January that would suddenly cure you of procrastination? Or endow you with resolve?
At a basic level, all 365 days of the year are the same. At this normal stage of awareness, no day is imbued with more magic than others. Certainly not January the first. So whatever needs accomplishing may be done on any God-given day you choose to act.
It’s not really a fresh start either; let’s face it, you are older… Maybe hungover… And not necessarily wiser. It’s quite frankly just another day. Like May 16th or August 7th.
January the 1st is unique simply because the number ‘1’ is the first number you have learned or heard. Whatever glory or symbolism you ascribe to January the first could also be accrued to the first day of other months.
Nike says it best, ” Just Do It. ”
Think as briefly as the venture requires… And then attack your “toad” or “gold”.
Whatever needs to be done, attack it NOW!
Get on top of that situation.
Procrastination is the enemy of illumination. It is the darkening/benumbing of the mind.
It is the light at the end of a perpetual tunnel…A light you will never reach for reasons conjured by procrastination.
True light cannot be hid. In truth, darkness is transient. It is light that always suffers the injustice of “attempted concealment “, by (it’s archenemy) darkness.
Nothing stops you my friends (ehmmmm…Note2Self).
All things are yours.
Yet not all things are expedient. But, that is another path (upon which we shall not tread today).
I wish you the will to look. The eye to see. And the vision to be.
I earnestly pray that what you see, you become… In line with the brightest and purest of Lights.
I welcome you not to 2015, but just to another day.
A day the Lord has made… Laden with potential. Make it, and all other days count in your favour.
Shine bright my friends.