Has anyone ever tried in earnest to lose weight with a hula hoop?
I have been using my weighted hula hoop for 8 weeks now and have found it to be the absolute best exercise for belly fat blasting. In fact, it has blown my mind how quickly I have gained a toned and flatter stomach; have gone down almost 2 dress sizes; AND lost around 8lbs in weight.
And for good reason as I’ve discovered hula hooping engages the whole body, and can burn over 600 CALORIES AN HOUR! That’s more calories and fat burnt than any other abdominal exercise and is due to the fact it elevates your heart rate up to 84% – which is high enough for your body to trigger its fat burning process.
The fantastic thing about the hula hoop is not only is it a whole body workout that tones every muscle, but it also vastly improves balance and joint flexibility, is a great stress burner, and is also great fun to boot. However, to gain the success that I did you will need to commit at least 5 days a week to get these results so quickly.
I started out the first week by doing 10-15 minutes a day, then I built up to 30 minutes 5 times a week. I did get a little bruising at first simply due to the fact that I wasn’t used to it and because the hula hoop is weighted which makes it harder ( a weighted hula hoop is crucial for the best fat burning effects), but I persevered and it was so worth it. The bruising went after a couple of days and didn’t come back, so I presume my body had gotten used to it.
I started doing hula hooping instead of my usual more time consuming workouts of swimming and gym, and found it was so much easier. The best thing about hula hooping is you can do it in front of the T.V., or listening to music, and in the comfort of your own home come rain or shine, so there is never an excuse not to do it.
The key to this exercise, especially when it comes to belly fat loss specifically, is to make sure you keep your stomach pulled in and your core muscles engaged whilst keeping the hoop spinning above your hips as much as possible. (This will also help refine your motor skills).
A weighted hula hoop is best for the results I know you want!
You will need to make sure you are using a weighted hula hoop specifically designed for adults as the kids ones just won’t work as well for the results you want. It takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve mastered it you will start to love it.
I’ve begun to really look forward to my hula hooping sessions as my stomach seems to feel more toned immediately and that is a MASSIVE reward, and incentive to keep going- also great when I need to fit into something for a night out!
HOW TO HULA HOOP
With your right foot forward and standing inside the hoop, press it against your lower back, bend your knees a little and give your hula hoop a spin around the waist to get it level. This may take practice, but once you get the hoop moving you need to shift your weight back and forth between your back and front legs. If the hoop starts to drop then stand straight and push your hip harder into the hoop as it spins around to the front.
After you have the hoop going it is best to stand with your feet apart wider than shoulder width, and keeping your head held high, really pull your waist in as much as possible whilst spinning the hoop and working those tummy muscles.
Check out this video if you have any problems as it may be easier to understand visually.
DON’T FORGET TO WATCH YOUR DIET
To get the best results, you really should be eating a healthy diet full of wholegrains, proteins, fruits and vegetables, and cut out as much as possible, sugar and junk foods.
Did you know there are specific foods that can help with the fat burning process? Amazingly there are, and if you eat these in conjunction with physical exercise you will see a bigger difference much more quickly.
Check out my great list of the fastest ‘Fat Burning Foods’ and see how quickly those pounds melt away.
The plant based diet:
It’s worth mentioning at this point that since eating a mostly low GI plant based diet in the past year my body has turned into a fat burning machine. This is 100% down to me filling myself up on fruits, vegetables, low GI grains, pulses, nuts and seeds, and most importantly cutting down in ALL refined ‘free’ sugars as much as possible.
Not only will these types of foods help you shed unwanted fat, but you will also LOOK AMAZING, your skin will be just fabulous, and you will have endless energy to do all the things you want to do in life. It really is well worth the effort in making some gradual changes towards this way of eating.
If you would like more tips and advice on how I did this, and changed my health and life around in 1 year of eating plant based then please read here ‘Eating Cleans in 10 Easy Steps’.
BEST EXERCISE FOR BELLY FAT
After researching, and reading many reviews to find the right hula hoop for the job, I decided upon a mid range, medium weighted foam hoop for maximum comfort (they come in different weights so you can start lower if you are a complete novice to exercise). It is soft, making it easier on the stomach, and it splits into 6 pieces for easy storage, which is great as these things can be awkward to store.
NOTHING, and I Say NOTHING, has given me results for belly fat burning like a weighted hula hoop!!
And believe me, I have tried every new fitness fad under the sun over the years and have had much success, but I can honestly say that the hula hoop has given me the most noticeable belly fat reducing results in the fasted time, and for the LEAST amount of cost and effort.
It also has the added advantage of being easy to use in your own home, in front of the T.V., or listening to music, and is so much less time consuming than other workouts. And don’t think the hula hoop is just for girls – it’s is a hard core workout that will tone a guys abs to perfection too!
I always endeavor to bring you the most up to date and science based evidence in the health and fitness industry. Please leave any comments, or just let me know how you get on below. I always love to hear your success stories. Thank you for reading.