Don’t Believe the Muffin Top Myth! by Trisha DeHall
Here’s another informative article from our friend Trisha DeHall over at Cincinnati Fit Body Boot Camp.
If there’s one thing that really irks me, it’s seeing people led astray by the Muffin Top Myth. These well-meaning folks devote time and effort under a faulty premise that gets them zero results. And I get fired up!
I know that when you put your valuable time and energy into a fitness program, you deserve to see nothing less than amazing results. That’s my commitment to all of my clients, and is something that I am truly passionate about. You can see why I’d get so upset when I see people working hard without getting results.
So what’s this Muffin Top Myth?
The belief that doing a magical ab exercise will shrink and flatter your waist, and will rid you of a muffin top.
Sorry there’s no such magical ab exercise. In fact, all of the magical ab exercises in the world won’t make a dent in your muffin top, as long as you continue with your current, unhealthy lifestyle. The true belly-shrinking magic is found in improving your diet and exercise routine to promote fat loss from your entire body, including-but not limited to-your midsection.
Here’s how to really get rid of that muffin top:
Shrink Your Belly Tip #1: Stop Eating Processed Foods
Everyone loves a good shortcut, right? Depends on where that shortcut takes you. From now on I want you to think of processed foods as a shortcut to belly fat.. I wouldn’t be surprised if future studies prove that the over-processing, chemical additives and high fructose corn syrup that are pumped into processed foods specifically adds fat around your belly.
If you want to shrink your belly than stay away from sugars, sodas, chemically altered fats, processed, packaged, fried and preserved foods.
Shrink Your Belly Tip #2: Eat Fresh, Whole Foods
Once you’ve cut the processed foods out of your diet, fill in the void with lots of fresh foods like:
- green vegetables
- whole, organic, seasonal fruits
- lean, hormone-free, high quality meats
- colorful organic veggies
- nuts and seeds
I know this list of foods may seem boring at first, but if you stick with it long enough, you’ll grow to love the tantalizing flavors of real food. When your diet is filled with the foods listed above, your body will quickly shed pounds and lean out.
Shrink Your Belly Tip #3: Do Challenging Exercise
The absolute best way to lose your muffin top forever is with a consistent, progressive exercise program.
- Consistent: you should be exercising 3-5 times each week
- Progressive: for truly awesome results, keep your body guessing with new exercises and increasing intensity.
My exercise programs are specifically crafted to get you into the best shape of your life, and I’m fanatically passionate about seeing you meet your goal.