Whether you’re bothered by a little too much padding on your belly or any other place else on your body, you probably know that spot-reducing isn’t possible. If you’re on the road and you have access to a gym, the elliptical, stairmaster and treadmill can be one of your secret weapons!
“When you gain weight it’s circular, meaning that you store fat all over your body,” says Obi Obadike, fitness expert and celebrity trainer whose washboard abs have graced many a fitness magazine cover. What’s the secret to losing the tubby tummy? Obadike says there are three things you must do:
1. Eat a Clean/Lean Healthy Diet: “Abs are not made in the gym, they are made in the kitchen.” Obadike says this is something he and many fitness experts tell their clients. “Flat abs are not indicative of 1,000 sit ups a day, they’re indicative of how low your body fat is. And reducing your body fat comes from a clean, healthy diet.” That includes at least two protein servings a day, at least two servings of veggies/fruits, good fats and at least two servings of good carbs.
2. Follow a Weekly Cardio Program: “To see results you’ll need to do 30 to 45 minutes of cardio at least four times a week,” Obadike says. His favorite fat-blasting equipment? The elliptical, stairmaster and treadmill. “They help you burn calories fairly fast,” he says. But walking on the treadmill while reading a magazine won’t cut it. “I always tell my clients, if you aren’t sweating then you aren’t working.
3. Work Those Abs: “Abs exercises are important for strengthening your stomach muscles,” says Obadike. But they must go along with the fat-melting cardio. Otherwise, he says, the abs are “hibernating” under the belly fat.