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Why People Often Fail To Lose Belly Fat

Why People Often Fail To Lose Belly Fat

Losing belly fat always seems to be a hard task. One reason is that there are many myths that make people’s efforts wasted. Below are 4 common ones .

Myth #1 Ab exercise is the most effective way

Many people believe in “spot reduction”, which means losing fat in an area by exercising that part. However, such exercise only strengthens the muscles there. Still, it would be covered by a thick layer of fat. This applies to all kinds of body fat.

So doing sit-ups or crunches wouldn’t be particularly effective if the aim is to burn belly fat.

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The best exercise for fat loss is actually whole-body aerobic exercise. It can speed up our metabolism and hence burn calories faster.

Myth #2 Avoiding meat is a must

Many people think that meat makes us fat, probably due to its relatively high fat content. However, fat doesn’t make us fat. Excessive fat does. In fact, fat is one of the three key nutrients we need to ensure we have enough every day. The ideal ratio is roughly like this:

Carbohydrates: 50%

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Fat: 30%

Protein: 20%

Fat is responsible for a lot of bodily functions like forming part of our cells. Instead of aiming at avoiding fat, look for healthy fats like those in fatty fish or egg.

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Apart from fat, meat also contains a lot of nutrients like protein and iron. Lean meats like chicken are recommended. For red meat it is advised to be consumed once or twice a week.

Myth #3 Drastically cutting calories helps

If a person only eats an apple a day, he will lose weight soon and the belly would become smaller. But such change isn’t sustainable. Because when our bodies are getting far from required, metabolism will be automatically slowed down, which means the progress of losing weight will become slower, as the body learns how not to burn energies quickly.

Instead of drastically cutting calories, just have the right amount of calories.

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Myth #4 Following one special diet works

From time to time a magic potion will appear and go viral. Headlines like these are common:

Drinking This Before Going to Bed Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy

Magic Drink To Lose Belly Fat In a WEEK

But there’s no one trick to lose belly fat. The only way out is balanced diet plus exercise.

Even if we’re talking about green tea which was proven by studies that three cups of it a day can help losing weight, it is still not enough to burn belly fat if we don’t pay attention to what we eat.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

    Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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