I was talking to one of my clients recently and he said, "You know, there's a guy at the gym who has the most amazing abs...I think it might be a 24-pack. I hate him, of course, but can you give me some exercises so I have abs like that?" He was disappointed when I told him that ab exercises, while important for a strong core, are probably the least effective exercises you can do to get a six pack. He was even more disappointed when I went through some of the best ways to reduce belly fat, mostly because they all involve hard work. "So all these pushups, squats and lunges you make me do will help me get flatter abs?" He asked. I said, "Only if you stop drinking all that beer every night." He blinked. "Then what will I live for?"
Reducing belly fat isn't just important for how you look, it's also important for your health. People with more visceral fat (fat that surrounds the organs) have an increased risk for metabolic problems, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, so reducing it even a little can help your body stay healthy. You can get a few ideas for how to do that in my latest article about reducing belly fat. If you have any tips, leave a comment and tell us about your abdominal experiences.
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