Myths of a Flat Stomach
When we look at a dissected human, no matter your weight or size, we all have the same muscle structure underneath. There isn’t a human being without six pack abs residing under those layers of skin, muscle, and fiber.
Yet we allow ourselves to be fooled in purchasing gimmicky items that will flatten our stomachs. The most common myths are as follows:
Mode of Exercise
Cardio burns fat. Resistance training builds muscle. Yoga burns karma…
You can exercise all day everyday for the rest of your life yet until you take notice of your diet your belly fat ain’t going no where.
Carbohydrates Will Beat You
If you need to avoid wheat or gluten it’s understandable. But any diet requires the use of good carbs. Experiment with what will work best for your body. Having carbs about an hour and a half before yoga can be quite energizing.
We must ingest the necessary nutrients that we need to function properly and efficiently. If we don’t eat, we don’t get energy needs met, and we will feel less compelled to work out.
If we eat less sure we’ll start seeing the scales tipping lower, however if our bodies go in to starvation mode, we begin to store fat and burn muscle, reversing the desired effect.
By keeping ourselves from going extreme we adhere to the most coveted yogic principle of balance.
Eat Low to No-Fat Foods
By eating low to no fat foods, typically they are processed more than regular foods because they need to remove the fat. What most of these companies do is add sugar and salt to help with the flavor.
By keeping processed foods to a minimum we maximize the nutritional value allowing our bodies to burn fat more efficiently.
Good fats are also essential to any well balanced diet and can benefit you during your yoga class by providing you with the necessary energy to hold that 10-breath forearm plank.
Sure reducing excess calories is effective, just be sure to have a fair amount of good fats on a daily basis.
The More Crunches the Flatter Your Belly
As I mentioned at the beginning, we all have the same muscular structure underneath, so yes you can do ab workouts until you are blue in the face, but you will never achieved your desired result, especially since research suggests it takes about 10,000 crunches to burn a half pound of body fat. So crunch away.
Core work is essential to any yoga work out and will tone those abs, but that stubborn belly fat needs a proper diet to help burn it properly.
By reducing your caloric intake slightly while maintaining a healthy workout regimen that includes cardio-weight resistance-and core training you’ll be well on your way.
The good news, a solid Poweryoga class contains all three of those components.
Cold thermogenesis: Tim Ferriss and Ben Greenfield discovered ice baths, swimming, and cold showers burn those extra calories quite effectively, after they had discovered Michael Phelps impossible 12,000 calorie per day intake. His 3-4 hours in the pool was burning off 6,000 + calories for him. So ice it up!
-Jeff Decker 200RYT