Try some of these expert tips that target the irksome plump to score your abs so tight, you could bounce a coin off of them. ...
Your muffin top is keeping you up at night. According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, losing weight, especially around your midsection, can improve the quality of your sleep.
Researchers asked 77 participants to fill out a form discussing their sleeping problems, including sleep apnea, fatigue, insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleep and use of sedatives. The study subjects then followed a weight loss plan for 6 months, resulting in an average loss of 15 pounds and 15 percent reduction in belly fat per person. At the end of the study period, participants reported about a 20 percent increase in their overall sleep scores.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fat, and particularly belly fat, interferes with lung function,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D., a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University and one of the study authors. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It becomes harder for the lungs to expand because fat is in the way.Ã¢â‚¬Â When your lungs canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expand at full capacity, breathing becomes more difficult. Difficult breathing leads to sleep problems, like sleep apnea. Inversely, the less fat around your belly, the less interference with lung functioningÃ¢â‚¬”and the better youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll sleep.
While a good nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rest is important for looking and performing your best in daily actives, it also plays a vital role in protecting your heart, Stewart says. Disturbed sleep, from sleep apnea or other disorders, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sleep apnea is much more common in obese people and also likely causes weight gain, too,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken.Ã¢â‚¬Â
To get rid of belly fat for good, try this core-revitalizing workout from The Women's Health Big Book of Abs. With this workout, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll activate more muscle, burn hundreds of calories, and work all of your core muscles with every exercise.
How to do it Perform this workout three times a week. Alternate between Workout A and Workout B three days a week, resting at least a day between each session. When you see a number with a letter next to it (such as 1A, 1B), that means the exercises are performed as a circuit. For each circuit, do 1 set of each exercise in succession.