For weight loss, Wadsworth Walters, personal trainer for Extreme Fitness in Toronto, recommends cardio workouts and stresses the importance of weight training.
"Five days of cardio activity is recommended for anyone who wants to reduce the amount of fat stored in the abdominal region," Walters says. "This doesn’t mean you have to run five miles a day — it just means that 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill at an incline, or riding a bike will significantly decrease the dangerous levels of visceral fat stored by the body."
Pump some iron
Weight training is also extremely important in any exercise program, Walters says, and should be combined with a cardio program for optimum results. "The use of free weights in your workout will allow the body to burn more calories over a longer period of time," he says.
But be warned! Just because visceral fat is centred in the abdominal region doesn’t mean that opting out of cardio activity in favour of crunches and sit-ups will help decrease your fat levels. "You can do crunches until you are blue in the face," says Walters, "but if you are not participating in any other form of physical activity, crunches will have no impact on weight loss."