Gutting It Out
LOOKING FOR THE MOST effective way to burn fat? According to a Harvard study, weightlifting is better at controlling flab than an equivalent amount of aerobic exercise, probably because of the former’s long-lasting effects on body structure. But before you go all in on pumping iron, beware the dreaded “weightlifter’s gut,” an unwanted side effect common among male lifters whose lower abs have bulked up, giving them a pot-bellied appearance. To avoid such a belly, steer clear of heavy squats or dead lifts, which work your core in a way that encourages the hypertrophy of the lower abs. If you’ve already got a touch of muscle gut, you can mitigate its appearance by working on your hip and shoulder posture (see webmd.com/ fitness-exercise/better-posture-exercises).
Lifting weights can have its downside.