Stephen Cabral, CPT/CSCS is the author of Fatlossity as well as founder and director of FitLife by StephenCabral.com. The Diet.com video contributor has been an active member of the fitness and personal training community for over 10 years. His passion has led him all over the country in pursuit of continuing to further his education, certifications, and health & fitness philosophies.

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Fit Life with Stephen Cabral

by Stephen Cabral, Fitness Professional
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Belly fat is the most stubborn type of fat to get rid of.

3 Rules for Burning Belly FatFor most people it's the last place for them to lose fat, and without losing it you never really look or feel your best.

The reason is that the broader your shoulders are compared to your waist the more in shape you look. Basically, the more of a "V" shape from your shoulders down to your waist, the more physically fit you appear.

The bigger the waist... the straighter the line down from your shoulders and the less of a V you have.

So, whether you're in clothes or at the beach people immediately know how healthy or in shape you are by just looking at the ratio of your waist to your shoulders.

Now we know that belly fat is stubborn to eliminate, but there is a way! Actually, there are 3 rules you must follow in order to be successful...

Here are the 3 Rules for Burning Belly Fat:

1. Eat Fat Burning Foods

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Going on severe, calorie-restricted diets is NOT the way to thin out your waist line (in the long run it will actually make you fatter). What I suggest is eliminating processed flours, sugars, and most inflammatory grain based foods.

I also do recommend eating more healthy fats like avocados, omega-3's from fish, ...    Continue

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@ 6:54pm ET on March 1, 2010
I agree Stephen...you can't spot reduce stomach fat with infomercial gadgets people!
Good blog!

@ 9:21am ET on March 5, 2010
Hey Stephen, just wanted to tell you how much I love your fitness advice! I downloaded your "67 Ways To Start Losing Weight Today" and it is awesome. I plan on buying your e-book as soon as I can.

I have a couple of questions about this blog: you mentioned Omega-3...can this be in capsule form? I know ideally we need to get our nutrients from the foods we eat, but are supplements a decent substitute? Also, you mentioned mustard. I've done some reading on this, and from what I understand, mustard really does work to not only help curb your appetite, but also burns some fat. I drink it straight out of the bottle, that way I'm not only getting the spice itself, but some vinegar, which is also good for you, as well. Is this an okay alternative to the straight spice?

Thanks in advance...


@ 9:28am ET on March 5, 2010
One more question...I've noticed that when I do overhead presses, or actually any arm and shoulder exercise with heavier weights, that I use my stomach muscles when I'm straining to lift - that's what you mean by "total body workout", correct? Or at least working multiple muscle groups at one time...

Relaxed breathing is a major relief of stress-related symptoms. I have had panic disorder in the past, and the one thing my physician taught me that really helped was relaxed breathing. I adapted my own version, which consists of taking a huge breath in through my nose, and ever so slowly releasing it - like a slow-leak of a tire. I can immediately feel my heart-rate decreasing, and my body relaxing.


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