Learn which ab exercises help you lose fat
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“If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.”
All right, let’s talk about exercises for fat loss. So there’s a pretty big misconception out there; I hear it all the time. People will go on vacation, they’ll eat a lot, they’ll drink a lot, and they’ll get a little bloated in the midsection, and then they’ll want to abs all week to make up for it.
Unfortunately, your body doesn’t “spot-reduce” body fat - meaning, if you work on your abs, your body is not going to target fat loss in your midsection.
Your best bet for targeting fat loss in your midsection or anywhere else is to focus on exercises that burn a ton of calories. Compound movements. Movements that are working multiple muscle groups at once. Focus on movements that are hitting large muscle groups like legs, back, things like that. So if you’re doing a deadlift, a squat, a pull-up, you’re going to burn more calories as opposed to doing crunches, meaning you're going to burn more fat.
Also, the larger a muscle that you break down - your legs a large muscle group, your back is a massive muscle group - so when you break that muscle down when you're working out, your body has to spend the next two or three days rebuilding that muscle, meaning your body has to burn extra calories to rebuild that muscle. So, you’re burning calories for multiple days from the work you did.
Another thing that you could do is focus on your sleep. I can't tell you how underrated people put towards sleep. How many of your results in building muscle-burning fat and just overall health come from getting a good night's sleep; focus on getting better sleep.
And lastly, obviously, focus on your nutrition. This is a pretty dangerous ledge because it's calories in versus calories out. To lose fat, you want to burn more calories than you’re consuming. However, you don't want to burn too many calories and eat too little calories, which is what most people do. Most people starve themselves all day; they work out a ton, and they think it is all going to be targeted towards fat loss. Unfortunately, that’s not how the body works.
You have to figure out how many calories your body typically functions off of and then how many calories you typically burn throughout the day. And then you want to eat anywhere from 300 to 500 calories less than that.
If you need help figuring those numbers out, or if you have any questions on this video, don't hesitate to reach out; I would love to help. I'm Austin at AffrontiFitness.com, have a good one, guys!