Muffin-top, spill over, spare tire...call it whatever you like, but it's all the same thing, it's FAT. Look, I know it's important to be comfortable with who you are as a person regardless of how you look, but let's face it...nobody wants extra fat on their body. It kills your confidence and makes you feel unattractive -- even if you're as little as 10 pounds overweight.
For example, have you ever gotten dressed in the morning and thought your arms looked too flabby to wear that sleeveless top? Or maybe you put your jeans on only to find that you look "stuffed" into them? If you've let yourself go (even just a little bit), you know much it can drag your self-esteem down and makes you feel horrible.
Even worse, visceral fat (fat that collects around your organs) is dangerous to your health, leaving you prone to loads of problems like heart attack, diabetes and even cancer. Your visceral fat increases as you age and you're at a greater risk if you tend to carry the extra weight around your mid-section.
And it's a viscous cycle: Fat makes you feel bad about yourself. Feeling bad about yourself brings on stress (whether you're conscious of it or not) and stress causes your body to produce more cortisol...and cortisol makes you gain more weight!
But if you've been putting in overtime on the treadmill hoping to sweat off those extra pounds while watching the calorie counter like a hawk, and NOT gotten the results you want, there's a really good reason. I'm going to explain why and show you how to get back on track so you can get back into your skinny jeans, get healthy and feel really great about yourself again.
Okay, let's talk about that workout again...
Defining your workout based on the number of calories you burned (you know, the I'll-stop-when-I-reach-400-calories-burned workout) is a time-wasting formula doomed for certain failure right from the start. I know this might come as a bit of a surprise to you, so don't feel bad if that's how you've been working out. We're going to change all that starting today, so stick with me...
Despite what you may have been told, the truth is that it's NOT how many calories you burn during your workout that matters. It's how many calories you can burn throughout the day, long after your workout is over, that counts.
I'm talking about reprogramming your body to increase your metabolism.
See, your metabolism works 24 hours a day, so you're burning calories around the clock no matter what. But even if you worked out for an hour a day, it doesn't matter how many calories you burned during your workout, you're still never going to burn as many calories as the person with a higher metabolism.
So, how do you boost your metabolism?
Short bursts of high-intensity exercise.
High-intensity workouts trigger a physiological effect called EPOC, which stands for Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption, but it's better known as the “Afterburn”. The Afterburn is when your body continues to burn calories even after your workout is over…for up to 48 hours! That means you can train your body to burn fat all day long, even while you’re sitting at work, watching T.V., and yes…even sleeping.
Here's how it works:
To recap, the Afterburn occurs after an intense bout of exercise that forces your body to go into oxygen debt. The oxygen debt causes a metabolic deficit, which forces your body to expend more energy to make up for it...and that extra energy is provided by your body fat.
In essence, you're using your own body fat as the fuel to increase your metabolism. How awesome is that?! Goodbye muffin-top, HELLO skinny jeans!
On the next page I'll explain the most effective types of exercises, my secret cardio trick that will double your calorie burn in HALF the time of a "regular" cardio workout, and how to get lean, sexy abs without ever doing a single sit-up...Next Page →