I like muffins, but muffin tops? No way. Not only are they a fashion faux-pas, they can be a sign your lifestyle is out of balance. According to Leanrunnerbean’s post (link: How to Lose Your Muffin Top: Diet & Exercises), dropping some weight is the easiest option to shrink your belly and changing up your diet is the best place to start. Most people think you can outdo a bad diet by cranking up the exercise, but it’s simply not true. What you eat has a massive impact on how fat is stored and metabolized in the body.
Calories are important, but its equally important to realise the differences between how protein can help you slim down and how things like sugar and refined carbohydrates can derail your progress. Going for a low-carbohydrate approach is one of the quickest, most-effective ways to lose weight from all over, including your belly. If you can manage the cravings initially during the first week or so, you’re well on your way to losing your muffin top permanently.
It sort of goes without saying, but you’ll need to cut out all the excess junk, too. Beer, burgers, burritos, biscuits and other high-calorie belly-bloaters should be treated as rewards for sticking to your eating plan, not taken for granted as everyday indulgences. Without getting bogged down in details, instead you’ll want to fill your plate with veggies, protein, healthy fats and a small/moderate amount of carbs, such as sweet potato and quinoa. You’ll also want to drink ~1l of water throughout the day to assist in the detoxification process.
Running alone wont do much to shift your muffin top, especially long slow runs. Not only are the boring and can damage your joints, they just don’t compare to high intensity interval training, which calls for quick, short bursts of intense exercise. Research has shown that you can burn more than twice the amount of fat in less than half the time. Oh, and take it from me, don’t bother with the crunches. In fact, you can forget just about any exercise which claims to ‘tone’ and ‘tighten’ your core. Instead, stick to bread-and-butter moves like squats, chest presses and rows to really ramp up your metabolism. Crunches, will working the midsection, actually do very little to burn the fat contributing your muffin top and so are best left out or used as a ‘token exercise’ to help with strength and balance.
If you follow this simple advice, you can expect to see a reduction in your muffin top in as little as 3 weeks!