Many of us look in the mirror and point out areas of our bodies we want to change. Unfortunately weight loss doesn’t work like that. If we lose weight, we lose it all over so focusing on target areas is wasted.
You are much better off exercising and dieting for complete weight loss because that’s what you will get anyway. You also won’t feel as dissatisfied if you don’t see immediate results from your most hated areas because you will see that your efforts are working because you are losing in other areas. Below are some tips to help you lose fat from around your belly.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to lose fat from around your belly. In fact eating properly and exercising can lead to very easy fat loss but you have to be eating right in order for it to be successful. Many of the dieting guides available do understand what the body really needs nutritionally and fail to offer the right advice to dieters.
The first step to losing any fat including belly fat, is to mentally prepare. Write down your goals and desires. Be specific about you want and try to write them down on nice paper or in a journal. By doing this you show yourself that these goals are important to you.
If you place them on any piece of scrap paper you won’t take them to be important and are less likely to succeed in your goals. On top of this you also have to accept that results do not happen overnight and it does take commitment to really make a difference to your stomach and your life.
Once you have this mental preparation you then need to start eating properly and exercising. In terms of diet the best way to help reduce your calorie intake to less than you are consuming is to work out your calorie needs. You do this by taking our ideal weight in pounds X 10. This will give you your base rate of calories. You will need to eat that many calories plus about 200-300 for a chilled day. You will need to eat between 200-500 extra on top of that for exercise.
Once you know this take a few days to see what you eat and drink in a day, program it into a free program like fitday.com and see how many calories you are getting. You may want to start off slow on diet and only change small things at first. Don’t underestimate the power of changing the small things they can have amazing results. Look for things you can change now – like only drinking water and cutting out sodas and juices. This will have a big impact more than you think.
Secondly something that can also help you lose belly fat is to eat lots of raw whole foods. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will give you all the nutrients you need. They are also easy to digest so will give you plenty of energy. A good starting point for consuming fruits is to make a commitment to eat 2-3 pieces before each meal. Then you can up your intake accordingly. The more the better. You could also try committing to eating a salad with your main meal. I tend to mix my salad in with my main meal or create a sauce (or soup) to get tons of vegetables into me. This works well.
Lastly it is important to cut down your fat intake. The Western diet is known for its high fat contact 30%+ and this is not only bad for your health but will also drain you from energy. If you are drained of energy you will be less likely to want to exercise and more likely to decline it, however exercising is very important for healthy and losing that belly!
Once you have a good grasp of your diet or are starting to adapt it is time to add in exercise. It is important to try and exercise everyday but this may seem daunting at first. Even walking for a good hour is very good for weight loss.
Running is an excellent exercise for weight loss from the tummy. Have you seen any runners with a tummy tyre? Running isn’t essential though to losing the tummy fat. All cardiovascular is helpful. You may want to try out different classes until you find something you like, or you may just want to keep changing. Generally though it is also a good idea to add in weight training too. There are lots of free articles online for good tummy workouts. One website that is very helpful is bodybuilding.com. Don’t be put off by the name though!
Like any fat loss, tummy fat loss isn’t that hard to achieve with the right commitment, the right diet and the right exercise program. It is really quite straight forward but you have to have patient to see results. Take a before picture and take another 6 weeks later to see how your body has changed. This will motivate you to take things even further.
If you feel like you are struggling to make a meal plan or a diet regiment due to lack of time or interest in working out what you should be eating there are plenty of programs available for you to use instead. These include diet meal delivery services as well as diet programs for healthy weight loss and we cover several on these on this site.