The Obsession With Flat Abs
Why did we become so obsessed with a chiseled abdomen in the first place? If you had lived more than 150 years ago, your bulging belly would be a sign of wealth. During Victorian times, a round figure was a sign that you could afford the finer things in life and that included a lot of delicious food. It was only in the 20th century that a fit figure was emphasized through the use of media — movies, television shows, magazines, and pretty soon the internet showed us that the ideal look would have to include much less belly fat. How did this “ideal body” image even begin?
The Importance Of Health
People who lived centuries ago didn’t have to worry about belly fat because most didn’t have any. Except for the wealthy class, most people from the olden were doing all sorts of work, and they were mostly manual labor. Imagine being out on the farm the whole day, planting and picking crops; or smelting iron in a shop that had furnaces burning almost the entire day as you pound and shape hot metal. This kind of work made people physically fit but they didn’t know it then. All that mattered to them was they had work to do and they had mouths to feed. As time passed, people became more intelligent and started inventing all sorts of machines to make work easier to do. Before the printing press, books were hand-written. Before cars, there were carriages pulled by horses. When the 21st century began, electricity was starting to become more commonly used and inventions were becoming electronic. Nowadays laptops and cellphones are necessities. There was a downside to this though: these wonderful inventions made people lazy. It glued people to their seats and beds and turned our lifestyles into sedentary and unhealthy. We are in front of the screen most of the time. For a lot of adults, their only form of physical activity could be their daily commute or a visit to the local mall or supermarket. Thankfully, there are numerous studies that have shown us that living such a lifestyle can make us sick and even decrease our life expectancy rate. People have started to give importance to exercise and a healthy diet. Let us also not forget the invention of fast food and junk food, both of which have contributed to many diseases and illnesses around the globe.
The Secret To Losing Belly Fat
If you think that the secret is countless sit-ups and crunches, the answer is no, you’re wrong. You can lose belly fat (and body weight) by eating less calories than what your body needs. A typical adult needs 2000 to 2500 calories a day. If you only consume 1500 calories, and add physical activities such as daily morning walks into your life, then you’ll see your body lose all that excess weight. Remember that there is no specific exercise that can remove belly fat — only moves that can strengthen the muscles in your abdomen. The secret is in the food you eat and how many calories you take every day. If you eat less than what you need, your body goes on survival mode and starts targeting the fat instead. That’s how the secret works!