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Weight loss: Burn belly fat and achieve a six pack with these six simple steps

Many slimmers aim to achieve a perfectly sculpted and toned physique. It’s not always easy, but a fitness expert at a top fitness studio has come up with six easy steps to achieving a six-pack and toned physique.

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Melissa Weldon, Head Trainer at London fitness boutique Sweat It, exclusively shared with Express.co.uk what works and what doesn’t, when trying to achieve a toned physique and the best way to get rid of belly fat.

She said: “Visible abs, a flat stomach, and six-packs are not built in four weeks.

“Unless you have been training consistently for a good six to twelve months and already have a fairly low body fat, it’s unlikely you will uncover your dream six-pack in a short space of time.

“However, all is not lost, start the work now and you can not only look like a complete badass, but BE a complete badass by summer 2020.”

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The fitness expert shared her six steps to get slimmers started on their weight loss – and get fit – journey.

Step 1

“Build a strong foundation,” she said. “You can lose all the body fat in the world; if you haven’t built a strong core, no six-pack will be revealed.

“A workout which covers the fundamentals of fitness; strength, cardio, and mobility will make you stronger and fitter with the bonus of improving your metabolism and physique.”

The expert recommends interval training on a treadmill to help burn fat, as well as train on the Rig to build muscles. 

Step 2

“Abs are built in the kitchen and the gym, so it’s essential your diet compliments your training,” the expert said.

“I’m not going to tell you to cut all joy from your diet, that is not the route to long term success but look at your weekly habits and where you can, improve.

“Your diet should be rich in protein, carbs, and fats to both fuel you and aid recovery from your training.

“Add sprinkles of foods and drinks that you really enjoy, and you will be much less likely to ‘fall off the wagon’ and have a binge.”

However, the expert did say that if a slimmer does succumb to their cravings not to beat themselves up and just get back on track, but she did caution “don’t wait for Monday”.

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Step 3

The expert said that one of the first things a slimmer needs to do to achieve a fitness goal is to “change your mindset”.

She said: “Work towards fitness goals; run a 5k or an obstacle race, work towards lifting those bigger dumbbells, try out those intermediate speeds in the treadmill class you take.

“Always strive to be better than the person you were yesterday.

“The moment your focus shifts to getting better at fitness, you will find you start walking with a whole new swagger; you’ll be shocked at how getting fitter and stronger changes how you see yourself in the mirror.”

Step 4

The easiest way for a slimmer to achieve their fitness goal is to train with a friend, according to Melissa.

She said: “It’s very easy to back out of a workout when they only person you are accountable to is yourself. Less easy to let a friend down for that 7am class.”

Step 5

“Find a routine that fits your lifestyle and makes you feel good,” Melissa said.

“You don’t need to keep up with whatever is popular on social media. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick to it.”

Step 6

The expert did offer a word of caution for slimmers, she said: “Be patient. There are no quick fixes. Focus on the long game, this will get you long term sustainable results.

“It is proven, that training consistently three to five times per week over a longer period yields better and long-term results than extreme dieting and training.”

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