I am dieting, watching my food intake, how large of portions I am taking, but the weight loss is so slow. How can I speed it up a bit. Spring will be here before we know it and I need to fit back into that bathing suit. I hate going to the beach looking like some of those pictures of people that should not be seen out in public wearing a bathing suit. I am 57 years of age, I know I won’t ever look like I’m 25 again, but I want to look the best I can for my age. I have seem some women my age that have a very nice shape. How can I achieve that?
Can I make my stomach smaller by doing crunches? Doing crunches will tighten up your stomach muscles, it will burn a little fat, but not much, but it will not give you a flat stomach. You cannot obtain a flat stomach by doing crunches only. You still need to watch what you eat. The muscle fibers can be nice and tight, but if the fat is still there between the muscles and the skin tissue, you are still going to have that stomach you hate.
Lifting weights will not give you any serious ability to burn fat either, not unless you do exercises that work many muscles at one time. Only doing curls, presses, pullups and other types of exercise will raise your heart rate, but not enough to burn fat. They are wonderful for toning and building muscle mass, which does use up more calories that fat, but will not burn a significant amount of fat.
To burn fat, you need to raise your heart rate. Get a little out of breath. Excerpt some energy. You need to sweat a little. Lifting weights will increase your metabolism which helps, but a cardio workout will burn fat.
What is the best cardio workouts to burn fat? I have not been running or jogging for awhile. I don’t need to start off like I just signed up for a marathon. That can be a good goal though. Sign up for one and give yourself a deadline to get into shape for it. All you need to raise your heart rate and burn fat is a good walk. Start off walking about 15 minutes at a time if you are really out of shape. Be sure to stretch before walking. You will need to walk a fast pace of about 3 miles an hour and this will wear on your tendons and muscles giving you a lot of pain the next day if you don’t. Sometimes even during the time you are walking you will experience pain. Listen to your body as to how far to take it. Don’t injure yourself. Then you may be a week or longer before you can get out and walk again.
To burn fat or calories, you need to have a program of cadio and diet. If doing cardio, you don’t have to do as strict of a diet but you do need to watch your portions.
Find a routine that works for you. Start off slow and build to walking more as you are comfortable with it. Find a partner or a pet to walk with you. Have fun, it makes this whole dieting and working out so much more enjoyable.
I’m ready to pull out that bathing suit and try it on each week to see if it looks any better than the last. I know it will. It’s time to get serious and burn fat.Tags: exercise to burn fat, bathing suit, heart rate, lifting weights, building muscle mass, cardio workout, flat stomach