Running consistently on the treadmill can help you bid farewell to your extra fat -- but the workout won't specifically target your stomach. Contrary to the misleading information that circulates through the fitness community, it's not possible to target fat with exercise in any one area of your body. By spending enough time on the treadmill, however, you can work toward a slim midsection while losing overall body fat.
Run Off the Stomach Fat
Using a treadmill for your run can burn several hundred calories. By repeating these workouts, you increase your ability to reach a caloric deficit and lose weight. This deficit characterizes your body when it consistently consumes fewer calories than it uses. If you can put your body in a daily deficit of 500 calories, you'll lose one pound of fat by the end of the week. As long as you reduce your caloric intake, running at least 150 minutes per week on the treadmill can help you begin to shrink the size of not only your abdominal fat, but the excess fat around your entire body.
Stronger Muscles and Higher Metabolism
Running on a treadmill is a full-body exercise that uses your quads, hamstrings, calves and abdominals. Your abs, for example, engage to help hold your body upright. Strengthening your abs can help you develop muscle around your midsection; these muscles will be visible once you lose stomach fat. Additionally, increasing the mass of your muscles elevates your metabolism to speed up your fat burning.
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