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- Sister Shaza, Now Zoa Morani, Tests Positive
According to sources, Zoa Morani, who had returned from Rajasthan around mid-March, tested positive for COVID-19. 📷 Picture courtesy/Zoa Morani's Instagram account Hours after Bollywood producer Karim Morani revealed that his daughter Shaza Morani had tested positive for COVID-19, her actor-sister Zoa has also been infected, according to family sources. Shaza, who had returned from Sri Lanka in the first week of March, showed no symptoms but was admitted to Nanavati Hospital here, on Monday. According to sources, Zoa, who had returned from Rajasthan around mid-March, tested positive for COVID-19. "She had tested today for COVID-19 and her results came positive by evening. She is in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, whereas Shaza is under medication at Nanavati. Shaza will be tested again after two days. As of now, the immediate family, house help is also getting tested. They are all under quarantine," a source told PTI. Make sure to check out our other celebrity news, gossip and articles: News and gossip from Celebrity Favourites, News from the Royal Family, News and gossip from the Kardashians and Jenners, General Celebrity News and Gossip and Bollywood Celebrity news and gossip.
- LeBron James Celebrating Big NBA Win
LeBron James treated himself to a lavish whip after he won his 4th NBA championship with the Lakers on Oct. 11! LeBron James won his fourth championship and was crowned Finals MVP for the fourth time on October 11. So, it was only right that he went out and dropped nearly $2 million on a Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet SUV after the big win. — That’s pocket change to the King, who also earned a hefty bonus for winning the Larry O’Brien championship trophy. “Lebron celebrated his big win with a very big reward for himself, a rare Mercedes-Maybach SUV worth almost 2 million dollars. It’s such a rare vehicle and hard to find because there were only 99 made,” a source close to LeBron told HollywoodLife, exclusively. “It’s been something he’s wanted to add to his car collection, so he’s had his feelers out for a while. One came available and the timing was perfect for him to treat himself after the big win.” Tony Bet of Driving Emotions Toronto recently shared photos of LeBron’s new SUV on Instagram — indicating that he may have had a hand in securing the extraordinary vehicle for the NBA champ. “Congrats to @kingjames on the championship! Enjoy the new whip @drivingemotionstoronto,” Bet wrote in the caption of his post. The Mercedes website describes the rare off-roading model as the “definition of unique luxury” and the “most exclusive form of stylish open-top motoring.” — “With its superlative V12 engine, portal axles, electric fabric top, and exclusive equipment specification in the rear compartment, this very special all-terrain vehicle, which is limited to 99 units, meets the expectations of customers who demand the very highest standards of their vehicle,” the site reads. LeBron James celebrates with his teammates after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on in Florida on October 11, 2020. While LeBron dropped a pretty penny on the new whip, he’s also celebrating his 4th NBA title with something money can’t buy family. He’s been looking forward to making up for lost time (after spending several months in the NBA bubble) with his wife, Savannah, and their three kids: sons Bronny Jr., 16, and Bryce Maximus, 13, and daughter Zhuri, 5. “LeBron could not wait to come home and just unwind and be with his family,” a second source told HollywoodLife. “It’s such a stark contrast from how he felt before he left for the bubble because all he wanted to do was get back on the court at the time. Now that they’ve won the championship, he couldn’t be happier or prouder that they accomplished what they went to do in the bubble, the source explained, adding, “LeBron feels incredibly blessed and is enjoying well-deserved time with his family to show them how much he appreciates for them supporting him.” LeBron James, his wife Savannah, and their three kids: Bronny Jr., Bryce, and Zhuri, at the LA premiere of ‘Smallfoot’ in Westwood, CA on September 22, 2018. A third source close to LeBron noted that while family time is his priority, he’ll still be busy with his Hollywood ventures in the off-season. “He’s so relaxed and relieved to be with his family. But, he’ll be working on Space Jam and getting another Friday the 13th off the ground,” the insider said. “Speaking of scary things, he’s getting ready for Halloween and finding out ways to make that special for his little ones” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, all three sources noted that LBJ is still “glowing” from his big championship win, which the Lakers dedicated to the late, great Kobe Bryant.
- Premier League 1 June training starts
Premier League clubs ask players to prepare for training on June 1 ahead of season restart. Premier League clubs are getting ready for a possible season resumption in the coming weeks. Managers and their coaching staff are aiming to be back working with their players by that date at the very latest. Several leading players returned home before the lockdown was put in place and it is not known whether they will be able to return to England in time to help their teams. Clubs will have to see if they can arrange flights to get stars back and ready to perform at the highest level. UEFA are piling pressure on the Premier League to get the season finished to avoid a whole host of potential problems. Top-flight officials are aiming for a June 8 resumption depending on Government approval, but it remains an unrealistic target with the coronavirus crisis ongoing. UEFA would ideally want all domestic leagues throughout Europe completed by August 3. If this cannot be achieved play-offs to decide European places and relegation spots may have to take place instead. UEFA wants to use the month of August to finish the Champions League and Europa League before the beginning of next season. View more interesting sports news and articles from other sports like Boxing News, UFC News, American Sports News, F1 Formula One News, Soccer - Football News, Golf News, Rugby News or view our General Sports News consisting of Tennis, WWE, Cycling, Athletics and other sports from around the world.
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- Best Motherboards for Gaming 2021
A great motherboard optimizes every specification of the computer’s performance. Additionally, the ideal gaming motherboard will enable you to overclock better, increasing your CPU’s clock speed. Processor manufacturers, like Intel and AMD, significantly determine the changes occurring in the motherboards. For example, transformations in the CPU design, such as the introduction of a socket with different features, will affect the motherboard as well. Today, motherboards include sockets, a chipset, expansion card slots, power connectors, memory chips, and a clock generator. Best motherboards of 2021 at a glance Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero - best Intel motherboard MSI MEG Z490 Godlike - best high-end Intel motherboard GIGABYTE Z490 Gaming X - best budget Intel motherboard MSI MPG Z390M Gaming Edge AC - best Intel micro-ATX motherboard Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming - best Intel mini-ITX motherboard ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X - best AMD motherboard Aorus X570 Master - best high-performance AMD motherboard Asus ROG Strix B550-E Gaming - best budget AMD motherboard Asus TUF Gaming B550M-PLUS - best AMD micro-ATX motherboard NZXT N7 B550 - best for the AMD B550 chipset with Wi-Fi 6E ASRock X299 Taichi - best Intel Core X-series motherboard MSI Creator TRX40 - best AMD Ryzen Threadripper motherboard Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero Best Intel Motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: ATX Socket: LGA1200 Chipset: Intel Z590 Memory support: Dual Channel DDR4 Multi-GPU support: NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology Features: ASUS-exclusive software and firmware utilities, enlarged VRM heatsink, onboard WiFi 6E, ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 gaming audio It might not be cheap, but the Rog Maximus XIII Hero is worth its price tag. Its list of features, which includes Wi-Fi 6, PCIe 4.0, tons of ports (including two thunderbolts), and four M.2 SSD sockets, will satisfy just about anyone looking for a premium Z590 board to build a PC around. It’s not only a great performing board, but it’s easy to overclock as well. And, like any good ASUS motherboard, it comes with plenty of RGB lighting. MSI MEG Z490 Godlike Best high-end Intel motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: E-ATX Socket: LGA1200 Chipset: Intel Z490 Memory support: 4 x DIMM sockets (up to 128GB) Multi-GPU support: 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology, 3-Way AMD CrossFire Technology Features: M.2 Xpander-Z Gen4 S, 10G Super LAN + 2.5G LAN, Frozn Heatsink, Double Side M.2 Shield Frozn High-end motherboards may cost a fortune, but if you’ve got something like the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike under the hood, you’re pretty much guaranteed top-notch performance, especially if you’ve got Intel components. As long as you’re willing to pay the price. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that this is the best z490 board out there right now, with an excellent thermal solution, staggering overclocking performance, easy installation, and diagnostic solutions for do-it-yourself-ers, and a solid build. GIGABYTE Z490 Gaming X Best budget Intel motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: ATX Socket: LGA1200 Chipset: Intel Z490 Memory support: 4 x DIMM sockets (up to 128GB) Multi-GPU support: AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire Features: Support for APP Center, Q-Flash and Q-Flash Plus support, Xpress Install support The GIGABYTE Z490 Gaming X may not have any flashy new features to bring to the table, but if you’re an Intel fan who needs a new motherboard in the budget sphere, it’s certainly a great choice. This entry-level motherboard for gamers has a decent feature set for its price tag, including three PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, six SATA ports, and four memory slots with support for DDR4-4600 and up to 128GB, to start. Most importantly, it performs like the best of them without burning a hole in your pocket. MSI MPG Z390M Gaming Edge AC Best Intel micro-ATX motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: Micro-ATX Socket: LGA-1151 (8th and 9th-gen only) Chipset: Intel Z390 Memory support: 2 x DIMM sockets (up to 32GB) Multi-GPU support: SLI/CrossFire Features: 2 x PCIe M.2 (Key M), DDR4 boost, PCI-E Steel Armor, Audio Boost 4 with an amplifier If you’re looking to get an edge on the competition, but you don’t have a lot of extra space on your desk, you’re going to need a Micro-ATX motherboard – more specifically, the MSI MPG Z390M Gaming Edge AC. What you’re getting here is a Micro-ATX motherboard with all the features a full-sized ATX one offers, but at a fraction of the price. Despite its smaller size, you still get dual M.2 slots, SLI and Crossfire support, and all the fiery performance that Intel Coffee Lake Refresh has to offer. If you’re looking for a smaller motherboard, you can’t afford to pass on the MSI MPG Z390M Gaming Edge MC. Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming Best Intel mini-ITX motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: Mini-ITX Socket: LGA-1151 (8th and 9th-gen only) Chipset: Intel Z390 Memory support: 2 x DIMM sockets (up to 64GB) Multi-GPU support: N/A Features: 2 x PCIe M.2 (Key M), Double capacity memory, USB 3.1 Gen 2 front connector, Asus Aura Sync If you need the smallest possible motherboard available without compromising on key features of your CPU, you should look into the Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming. With this motherboard, you don’t need to compromise on features or power. You don’t even need to settle for a measly 32GB of RAM. Thanks to Asus’ double capacity memory compatibility – you can have up to 64GB of memory in the most minuscule motherboard you’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, like most Z390 boards, its price tag is not for the faint of heart, so prepare yourself to shell out some serious dough if you want the smallest of the best motherboards. ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X Best AMD motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: ATX Socket: AMD AM4 Chipset: AMD Premium X570 Memory Support: 4 x DIMM sockets (up to 128GB) Multi-GPU support: NVIDIA NVLink, Quad SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Features: ASRock Polychrome SYNC, ASRock Super Alloy, ASRock Phantom Gaming 2.5G LAN If you’re considering an AMD setup for that PC you’re building, then you cannot go wrong with the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X. This is the best motherboard for AMD fans right now, with a top-notch feature set, great design, and a highly effective cooling solution. It’s certainly a favorite among overclockers out there, and with Wi-Fi 6 support to boot. If you have a penchant for tweak and upgrade your internals, there might be some limitations as to what you can do physically. But, other than that, it’s hard to find fault in this board. Gigabyte Aorus X570 Master Best high-performance AMD motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: ATX Socket: AMD Socket AM4 Chipset: AMD X570 Memory support: 4 x DIMM sockets (up to 128GB) Multi-GPU support: NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI and 2-Way NVIDIA SLI technologies, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire Features: Support for APP Center, Q-Flash and Q-Flash Plus support, Xpress Install support The Gigabyte Aorus X570 Master is not only an aesthetically pleasing motherboard, with splashes of silver on a blackboard meant to complement its RGB lighting. It is also capable of being the centerpiece of a very powerful computer. It can handle up to 128GB of DDR4400 RAM, the latest 3rd gen AMD processors, and multiple GPUs for anyone wanting to future-proof their gaming needs. The X570 Master is also very astutely designed, with shielding on its I/O ports, WiFi 6, and a number of other placement choices that make this a quality board. Best of all, its price is significantly less than the high-end Intel motherboards. Asus ROG Strix B550-E Gaming Best budget AMD motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: ATX Socket: AMD AM4 Chipset: AMD B550 Memory Support: 4 x DIMM sockets (up to 128GB) Multi-GPU support: Nvidia 2-way GPU SLI, AMD 3-way CrossFire Features: Aura Sync, ASUS Thermal Solution with M.2 heatsink, ASUS EZ DIY, Rear audio USB Type-C connector If you’re looking to build from scratch, the Asus ROG B550-E Gaming Motherboard is a cost-effective and feature-rich motherboard to pair with that AMD 3rd gen Ryzen chip you just bought. Its I/O ports are shielded, it comes with a PCIe 4.0 slot (and a second PCIe 3.0 one), and it has just about all the ports and port headers you could desire. With this motherboard, you’re getting excellent power delivery, a great feature set, and an incredibly effective cooling solution, as well as a cool aesthetic to boot. Asus TUF Gaming B550M-PLUS Best AMD Micro ATX motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: Micro ITX Socket: AMD AM4 Chipset: AMD B550 Memory Support: 4 x DIMM sockets (up to 128GB) Multi-GPU support: AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology Features: ASUS TUF Protection, ASUS Thermal solution with aluminum M.2 heatsink, ASUS EZ DIY, AURA Sync An upgrade from its predecessor, the B450, the Asus TUF Gaming B550M-PLUS boasts not only a much better power solution and a great cooling solution but also game-ready features and military-grade components. Among those features is the AI Noise-Canceling Microphone software, which supports 3.5 mm, USB or Bluetooth headsets, and full RGB lighting control. All, of course, while still touting that TUF Gaming Alliance promise for easy compatibility and building, as well as aesthetics that complement its trusted partners. NZXT N7 B550 Best for the AMD B550 chipset with Wi-Fi 6E SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: ATX Socket: LGA1200 Chipset: AMD B550 Memory Support: 4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 Multi-GPU support: AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology Features: Built-in digital RGB and fan controls, built-in Wi-Fi 6E connectivity Looking into an AMD B550 motherboard might be necessary if you’re upgrading your AMD Ryzen processor, and the NZXT N7 B550 is an excellent mid-range option. This gaming motherboard is not only designed around the B550 chipset, but it comes with built-in Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, something that you’ll be hard-pressed to find in rivaling boards. It also comes with more USB ports at the rear, making it more versatile. And, of course, you’ll also appreciate the digital RGB and fan controls through CAM. ASRock X299 Taichi Best Intel Core X-Series motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: ATX Socket: LGA-2066 Chipset: Intel X299 Memory Support: Quad-Channel 8 x DDR4 4,400MHz (up to 128GB) Multi-GPU support: Nvidia 3-Way SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Features: 3 x PCIe M.2 (Key M) The X-series processors are here, and they are spectacular. But if you want to take advantage of all they have to offer, you need an X-series motherboard. This ASRock X299 is an incredible choice with support for overclocked memory speeds up to 4400MHz(!!!) and 8 different slots for memory modules. It also supports up to 128GB of RAM. Add in an X-series processor and a good graphics card or 3, and this thing will absolutely tear apart anything you could possibly throw at it. If you’re seeking one of the best motherboards money can buy, this is it. MSI Creator TRX40 Best AMD Ryzen Threadripper motherboard SPECIFICATIONS Form Factor: E-ATX Socket: sTRX4 Chipset: AMD TRX40 Memory Support: 8 x DIMM sockets (up to 256G) Multi-GPU support: 3-Way NVIDIA SLI and 3-Way AMDA CrossFire Features: 10G LAN + Intel Gigabit LAN, 7 x Lightning Gen4 M.2 with M.2 XPANDER-AERO GEN4, Full fan control, Frozr Heatsink Design, Mystic Light When you’ve got an AMD Threadripper under the hood of your PC, you absolutely need a beast of a motherboard like the MSI Creator TRX40. This is designed and built specifically for creators with the most demanding computing needs, this motherboard also boasts quite a feature set. Among those features are the latest PCIe gen4 slots and M.2 connectors, USB3.2 Gen2x2, Wi-Fi 6 and 10G LAN, as well as MSI’s Frozr Heatsink design and Mystic Light RGB lighting. It’s a little pricey, especially next to the competition, but then again, nothing in the creative sphere isn’t these days. If you want the best motherboard for your professional creative endeavors, it doesn’t get better than this.
- How Many Carbs To Eat to Lose Weight?
An array of diets are based on the idea that slashing carbohydrates is the key to weight loss. For example, the keto diet emphasizes eating fats, with the goal of putting your body in the state of ketosis. In ketosis, the body breaks down dietary and stored body fat into substances known as ketones. In this state, your body relies on – and burns – fat instead of sugar for energy. Keto regimens call for consuming as few as 50 to 20 grams of carbs a day, depending on the particular diet. That's a far lower amount than what's recommended by the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Those guidelines recommend that carbs comprise between 45% and 65% of your total daily calories. That means if you consume, say, 2,000 calories on a daily basis, between 900 and 1,300 calories should come from carbs. That would mean you're consuming 225 to 325 grams of carbs. While similar in some ways to familiar low-carb diets, the keto diet's extreme carb restrictions and the deliberate shift into ketosis are what set this increasingly popular diet apart. Keto diets typically never go above 50 grams of carbs per day, and you can get that by eating two apples or one bagel. (Some experts say the keto diet can be effective for rapid weight loss but is associated with adverse effects, like nausea and constipation.) The keto diet (and other low-carb regimens) are based on the premise that to lose weight, you need to cut carbs. And while there's no one universally accepted definition for going low-carb, one Tulane University review (that concluded low-carb diets are beneficial both for weight loss and improving cardiovascular health) defines low-carb diets as those in which less than 45% of daily calories come from carbohydrates. Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, that would mean eating no more than 900 calories from carbs (that's 225 grams) per day. (Each gram of carbs contains 4 calories.) So how low do you really need to go to lose weight? Or, more importantly, how many carbs can you keep in your diet and still lose weight? Because what's a life without pasta? Carbs, Decoded Along with protein and fat, carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients that you need to consume in order for your body to function at its best. It's important to get these macronutrients in the right amount. Carbs are an important fuel for your brain, liver, and muscles. Those tissues can use fat and protein (muscle) for energy instead. However, using only fat and protein is a less efficient metabolic process that can contribute to an array of symptoms, explains Donald K. Layman, professor emeritus of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois. These symptoms include: Headaches. Brain fog. Confusion. Extreme fatigue. It's important to keep in mind there are two different groups of carbohydrates, says Anthony DiMarino, a registered dietitian with Cleveland Clinic's Center for Human Nutrition. You can get complex carbohydrates from: Fruits. Starchy vegetables. Whole grains (brown rice, whole-wheat bread). You can also find carbohydrates in processed foods that provide simple sugars, DiMarino says. These foods include: Cookies. Cakes. Soda pop. Juices. Some complex carbs, like fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber and low in simple sugars (apples and berries, for example), are associated with a slower rate of digestion, Layman says. A slower rate of digestion reduces the post-meal blood sugar increase and the body's requirement for insulin. Generally, eating the right complex carbs is helpful for those concerned about diabetes and their weight. Carbs with simple sugars may be pleasurable to eat, but provide little or no nutritional value other than calories. In recent years, carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap for the part they play in blood-sugar-spiking snacks and sugary drinks notes Florida-based registered dietitian Jaime Mass. "Most of the time, we are eating carbohydrates from the wrong sources. And when we do eat from the healthier sources, we overdo it," Mass says. Be aware that carbs can add up quickly, DiMarino says. For instance, a standard serving of carbs is defined as 15 grams. Two cups of brown rice – which can be a completely healthy and nutrient-packed carb choice, weighs in at 90 grams – equal six servings. At the end of the day, the average American consumes nearly three times the recommended daily allowance of carbs. How Many Do You Really Need? The current recommended daily allowance, or RDA, of carbohydrates, is 130 grams per day. That total represents the minimum rather than optimal daily intake and covers the amount your brain and liver need for prime functioning, plus a little extra for your muscles and good measure. Introduce exercise into your routine, though, and your needs begin to vary widely. That's because when you exercise at high intensities, about 80% of your energy comes from carbohydrates – both those coursing through your bloodstream as glucose as well as those stored in your liver and muscles as glycogen. During intense exercise, your body burns through roughly 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour, Layman explains. And, according to research published in Sports Medicine, carbohydrate supplementation can significantly improve high-intensity interval workout performances. And better performances mean better caloric burns. Meanwhile, if you don't consume enough carbs to meet both your basic biological needs plus those needed to fuel your exercise, your body will earmark whatever carbs you do have for your brain. As a result, your workout may feel harder and your performance may actually decline. People who are trying to lose weight and are exercising regularly as part of their strategy make be able to increase their carb intake above the RDA, Layman says. "If you go to the gym regularly and stay pretty active," you can add approximately 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour of exercise and still lose weight, he says. Consuming healthy snacks before and/or after your workouts can help refuel your body. "You could do a pre-or post-workout snack," DiMarino says. A healthy snack would include an equal proportion of protein and carbs. Such snacks include a cup of yogurt with berries, a glass of low-fat chocolate milk, or a few slices of deli turkey on a whole-grain wrap or tortilla. "Weight loss is not only determined by how many carbs you eat, but about how many calories you consume," DiMarino says. "It's important to understand how much carbohydrates, protein, and fats you eat each day and how many calories in total you get from those macronutrients." DiMarino recommends seeking out a registered dietitian who can help you determine how much of these macronutrients you need while trying to reach your goals, whether it's weight loss or something else. View more food articles from Tags and Chats here.
- Why Sit-Ups Won't Get You a Flat Stomach
Despite the proliferation of all kinds of belly-busting contraptions and workout DVDs, there’s no getting around the fact that diet and nutrition are the keys to experiencing the noticeable weight and fat loss necessary to display flat, washboard abs. The diet and nutrition changes that you’ll need to make are the subject of another article. Here, we’re looking at why targeted fat loss – also known as spot reduction – is not possible, no matter how many crunches you do or products you buy. The only way you can lose fat from your belly is to lose fat from your entire body. Situps and crunches simply won’t do this for you, even though I'm sure you've heard otherwise. What is important to understand is that there’s a big difference between strengthening your ab muscles and losing the layer of fat on top of them. At the end of the day, when people say they want a six-pack or a flat belly, what they really mean is they want to get rid of the layer of fat covering the muscles in their midsection. You can think of doing situps and crunches kind of like doing a bicep curl. Each type of exercise strengthens a specific group of muscles. And because both muscle groups are small, working them will not cause you to burn fat. In order to lose fat, your body temperature must increase enough to trigger the metabolic effects necessary to burn fat. Using one small muscle group, such as the abdominals or the biceps, is not significant enough to create the amount of heat necessary for calorie burning and subsequent fat loss to occur. You can think about it like this: If the muscle group is small, the amount of heat it creates will also be small. To give you a better idea of how this process works, pretend the layer of fat you want to lose from your body is like wearing a jacket. If you were to do bicep curls or crunches, you probably wouldn't generate enough heat to make you want to remove the jacket. Now imagine you perform full-body exercises such as running up hills, stairs, or circuit training with the same jacket on. I think it's safe to say that after just a few minutes, you'll want to rip that jacket (layer of fat) off. The reason the second type of exercise generates so much more heat than bicep curls or crunches is simply that they are high-intensity activities that use multiple muscle groups. This is why high-intensity, full-body exercises are more effective for calorie burning and fat loss than situps or crunches. The bottom line is that spot reduction is a myth, so you can save your money on all those gadgets, gizmos, and workout plans being advertised. They don’t work. In order to have a flat belly, you have to reduce your total body fat percentage – and situps simply can’t do this. High Intensity = High Heat As I mentioned above, running a hill is a great example of an exercise that uses both the upper and lower body. This high-intensity exercise generates a tremendous amount of heat in the body, which you now know is essential for eventual fat loss. If you can, think back and compare the amount of heat you would feel doing situps, and then compare it to the amount of heat you would feel after running up and downhills. The difference is extraordinary. Just to be clear, I'm not saying you have to go out and run hills in order to have a flat belly and toned abs. Any exercise that gets multiple muscle groups involved is high intensity, and it will increase your body temperature and get your fat burning. Better yet, if you combine two resistance-training exercises, such as bicep curls and lunges, followed by squats and shoulder presses, you'll not only create a ton of heat in the body – you'll also be building muscle mass. Building muscle is what gives your body the toned shapely appearance everyone is after. Another positive that comes with building muscle mass is the fact that it increases your metabolism. Think about it like this: The more muscle mass you have, the hotter your fat-burning engine will burn during your exercise sessions. And that is exactly what you want if having a flat belly is your goal. View more articles on gym and fitness from Tags and Chats here.