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Best Way to Lose Belly Fat Fast

Updated on September 29, 2011

Best way to lose weight – 16 Steps to Success

Tired of the belly bulge? Want to learn how to lose belly fat or how to get a six pack? Try these 16 fat busting foods and discover the best way to finally lose belly fat for good. While losing belly fat will take a lot more than just adding a few foods to your diet, there are things you can eat that will help you trim down as quickly as possible.

Whether you are trying to lose weight or are looking for the best way to get back in shape, these belly blasting weight loss tips will get you off to a great start and keep you going over the long haul.


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There are many different weight loss programs and diets available that can teach you how to lose belly fat and get into great physical condition, but it is important to understand the effects that certain foods can have on weight loss success or failure. For example, high fructose corn syrup, which is common in many prepared or convenience food items has been shown to actually promote the retention of belly fat. Understanding our body's reaction to these foods is the basis of many successful programs aimed at developing the fastest weight loss strategies. In fact, with the right types of foods it is even possible to get rid of cellulite or at least minimize its effects. This relationship between food and the body is often referred to as metabolic typing and is worth looking into.


Oatmeal –

Your mid morning hunger attack is caused by a drop in blood sugar levels. Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber and gives you a sense of fullness and satiety. It also stays in your stomach for hours and will help stave off your morning donut run. Whole grains have also been shown to be an excellent way to lose weight fast because they can actually promote fat burning.

Tip: Avoid the flavored varieties that are loaded with extra sugar. Choose plain steel-cut or rolled oats and use stevia or berries to sweeten.


Berries –

Berries have a lot of filling fiber packed into them. Raspberries have six grams of fiber in a single cup.

Tip: Jelly is not a fruit; it’s the junk food of the fruit food group. It’s loaded with sugar and contains almost no fiber.


Olive Oil –

Fat controls hunger and is vital to proper nutrition. Stick with monounsaturated fats like canola or olive oil, they will help control cholesterol and satisfy cravings.

Tip: Avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils; they’re loaded with trans fats.


Protein Powder –

Protein powder contains important amino acids that help build muscle and burn fat. For a delicious, fat-burning drink, add two teaspoons of protein powder to your smoothie. Protein powder is usually available at most health food stores.

Tip: Watch what you put in your smoothie. Adding protein powder won’t transform an unhealthy smoothie. Use fresh fruit, low-fat milk, and yogurt.



Almonds and Nuts –

Nuts help keep you feeling full and help bust belly fat. Limit yourself to 24 almonds a day; they’ll help satisfy hunger without going overboard on calories.

Tip: Avoid salted nuts; too much sodium can raise your blood pressure.


Eggs –

Eggs have been given a bad name because of their cholesterol, but they also contain vitamin B12, which your body needs in order to metabolize fat.

Tip: Talk to your doctor before adding eggs to your diet, especially if you have high cholesterol.


Legumes and Beans –

Beans are naturally low in calories and are packed with fiber and protein, which help you lose weight and tone up. Try using beans as your main protein once a week and you’ll cut saturated fat and add extra fiber.

Tip: Refried beans can be very high in saturated fat. Choose plain pinto, black, or other varieties of beans instead.


Whole Grains –

Whole grains contain a lot of fiber and this fiber will help keep you from getting hungry. Not all carbs are bad, whole grains contain carbs that are actually good for you.

Tip: Watch labels, they can be deceiving. Some breads labeled as “wheat” has had all the fiber and nutrients stripped out of it. Look instead for “whole grain” or “100 percent whole wheat,” listed on the label.



Lean Meats and Fish –

Your body will burn more calories digesting proteins than when digesting fat or carbohydrates. While turkey may be the leanest meat out there, fish has even less saturated fat. Opt for tuna or salmon and you’ll be getting a healthy source packed with Omega-3s, which prevent cortisol, the stress hormone that promotes belly fat.

Tip: Sausages and cured meats contain a lot of saturated fat.


Green Vegetables –

Green vegetables like broccoli, spinach and wheatgrass are loaded with fiber and contain very few calories. Have a salad before your meal and you’ll be satisfied with a smaller portion. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, green vegetables will also help you lose belly fat.

Tip: Iceberg lettuce, which is the common lettuce most people opt for, has almost no fiber. Try a salad with arugula, romaine, or spinach instead.


Peanut Butter –

Who would have guessed that this childhood favorite would be waist friendly as well? Peanut butter is packed with niacin, which helps prevent belly bloat and keeps the digestive system on track. Be sure to watch portion size, peanut butter has a lot of fat. Limit yourself to 2T per day.

Tip: Some peanut butter contains a lot of added sugar, look for all-natural peanut butter for a healthier choice.


Dairy –

Research shows that calcium actually helps break down fat and may even help prevent it from forming in the first place!

Tip: Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products over their full-fat versions.




Avocados –

Avocados contain a lot of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats as well as being a great source of filling fiber. Each avocado contains 11 to 17 grams of fiber, making them an excellent food for staving off hunger.

Tip: Eat half a cup a day to get the benefits of the MUFAs and fiber.


Iced Tea –

Tea is rich in antioxidants, especially green tea weight loss tea, and studies have shown that antioxidants increase metabolism. In fact, Swiss researchers claim that drinking tea burns an average of 266 calories per day.

To optimize the calorie burning effects of drinking tea, skip the bottled teas – these have been processed and all the slimming nutrients depleted. Instead, grab a tea bag and steep it in one cup of hot water for two to four minutes, then pour over ice.

Tip: Drink four cups a day.


Cannellini Beans –

Cannellini beans are rich in resistant starch, a unique fiber that is resistant to digestion.

The good news is, the slower your body digests its food, the harder it has to work – that means, more calories burned!

Tip: Eat half a cup a day to battle belly fat.


Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese –

This cheese is low in calories and rich in calcium. Researchers claim that it activates the body’s fat-burning hormones, helping you to burn more belly fat. Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is also higher in protein than any other dairy product and this protein helps you to stay fuller longer.

Tip: Grate an ounce over soup or salad every day.


Some people find that using supplements or diet pills can help them to get the weight off faster and not feel hungry. These weight loss products need to be evaluated carefully because not all of them are as effective as they may claim, but there are some great products available. Another popular weight loss diet plan is the HCG for weight loss plan which has gained incredible popularity in recent years. This plan is showing remarkable success with most users losing between one and two pounds each DAY!

The important thing when you want to lose weight is to include healthy foods and healthy snacks into your diet plan and exercise routine. Try to increase physical activity to speed up the fat burning and metabolic rate and before you know it you will get rid of love handles, belly fat and cellulite.

If you are looking for some fun ways to increase your activity level, be sure to consider the excellent Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies exercise DVD or even bouncing your way to health on a rebounder or mini trampoline. Both of these options will keep your metabolism on overdrive and will help speed fat loss. Whichever program you choose, stick with it and you will see the results!


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    Jan T Urquhart Baillie 20 months ago from Australia

    The bane of my life is my belly fat! 70 now and getting bigger, while eating less and less. Thanks for the interesting list of helpful foods.

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    services4all 5 years ago from U.S.

    Thanks for giving so important information through this post.Really it will helps us to know how to become fit and loose extra fats.

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    Linda Batey 5 years ago from Maine

    I agree with your choices with the exception of whole grains-especially whole wheat. Check out the web site for "Wheat Belly" and it will intrigue you. I cut wheat out of my diet and doing nothing else, lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks. I have completely lost my cravings and hunger, which were pretty much out of control.

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Thanks Cheryl J., I'm glad you found our hub useful!

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    Cheryl J. 6 years ago

    Great information. Voted up and useful.

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    fionageler, you are so right ... it does get much harder to lose weight as we get older, one big reason is we tend to have a much slower metabolism as we age. However, it can be done! Thanks for your comments.

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    fionageler 6 years ago from london

    Great tips ,to lose fat its so hard in old age

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    mozzi, the amount you can eat is going to depend on your particular circumstances. How much you currently weigh, your goal weight, how much exercise you get, your sex, age, genetics, etc. If you find yourself hungry, having half a grapefruit 30 minutes before eating, along with a glass of water, can really help reduce the number of calories you consume. MOST veggies and fruits will be fairly low in calories, but be careful of adding anything extra. Obviously, buttered corn does not count in this "healthy" realm :) Salads can be a great way to start a meal, take your time eating and add "low calorie" fillers. I make huge salads and I love putting a handful of grapes, some cucumbers, carrots, spring onions, all kinds of stuff ... I end up with a plateful, but very few calories because I don't load on heavy dressings. Anyway, I hope these ideas help!

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    mozzi 7 years ago

    Ok so you have suggested all the healthy stuff that I do enjoy eating, however lol, how much of the good stuff can you eat at one time or in one day??? I think that Im a responsible eater and I know how to balance the good with the bad sometimes I can have quite a big appetite and there are also time when I just don't want to eat. Sometimes for a day and a half at the most. Thanks you in advance if I get a reply.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks sammy! I'm glad you found it interesting. It's one of those topics that many people are interested in.

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    sammy1976 7 years ago

    This is an interesting editorial that I browsed here. The manner it is explained is pretty simple & effective. I have as well published an post at hubpage.com on how to lose belly fat fast.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi TroyM,I think having the items on hand and knowing what you'll eat when your feel like snacking can definitely help with weight loss success. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    TroyM 7 years ago

    I've been trying to focus more on these. GOod tips: nuts, oatmeal (this can be made so many ways), and other goodies above. Need to stock these.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks vivaHealth, I'm glad you found this hub useful. Losing belly fat is one of those things so many people struggle with.

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    VivaHealth 7 years ago from Canada

    Thanks, there are some very insightful tips here. Good job on this hub.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    MuscleBuilder, Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    TheMuscleBuilder 7 years ago

    Nice tips thanks

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks Lezley62, I appreciate the comments!

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    Leslie Carmody 7 years ago from Bonita Springs, Florida

    Hey I really like this article. Lots of great advice.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi nicole, thanks for reading. Good luck with your weight loss!

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    nicole.reilly 7 years ago from Austin, TX

    Thanks for the tips. Now I am ready to lose some pounds. Nice hub!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    sexyladydee, wow, 60 pounds is a great accomplishment, congratulations! I know how easy it is for those pounds to creep back on. I hope this hub helps you keep your weight in check!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks cupid51, I hope you find these tips helpful!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks gdlk1, I appreciate you stopping in and commenting.

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    cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

    Very informative hub! I have a big belly and I am trying to lose wait. I hope these tips would help me in reducing my weight.

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    gdlk1 7 years ago from UK

    Great article. Really interesting stuff!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Les Trois Chenes, enjoy that good life! I can't think of anyplace I'd rather be than rural France. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Sexyladydee 7 years ago

    Great hub! I used many of these when I lost 60 lbs five years ago. But you told me a few new ones. I fractured my back last year and have started to add a few so these are gonna help me get back to where I wanna be now that I can exercise again. Very informative.

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    Les Trois Chenes 7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

    Many thanks for pulling together these facts. I eat most of these foods, with the exception of protein powder (is this where I'm going wrong??) and peanut butter. Wouldn't peanuts do as well?

    Never-the-less the belly grows. Perhaps I'm eating too much - or not enough. Then there is the exercise issue and the odd glass or three of wine. But then I am living the good life in rural France!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    revrave, thanks for reading and commenting! Fighting weight gain and belly fat can be a big struggle for a lot of people.

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    revrave 7 years ago

    Hi i have gained some belly fat because of my thyroid, i like your hub because i can really relate to the topic. Really nice,

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi thayak, I try to eat healthy too, but it isn't always easy :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks sanihu, I'm glad you liked it.

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    thayak 7 years ago from San Jose, CA

    I regularly eat these foods too, very nice list of fat burning foods.

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    sanihu 7 years ago

    great article...

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Jewels, that's a very good point. Not only will eliminating things like processed foods help you to lose belly fat ... or weight in general, but you'll soon notice that you feel a lot better. Convenience foods come at a cost. Thanks for your comments!

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    Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

    Good hub. I do a fair bit of what you've mentioned. I'm no longer eating processed foods so hopefully in the next few months I'll lose a bit of the belly. I feel heaps better also.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks for your comment belly ;)

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    belly 7 years ago

    Good information I love hub, every information is clear on my knowledge.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi Tammyfrost, thanks for coming by and reading. I know it can be hard to stick with healthy eating, but even if we try to stick with it most of the time, it helps :)

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    Tammy Frost 7 years ago from Oregon

    Great article. If people could only stick to this. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks Beth Ann Reed, I'm glad you stopped in to read and comment!

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    Beth Ann Reed 7 years ago

    Thanks for the info about cannellini beans, peanut butter and cheese, I didn't know that. Good research!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    good luck bushraismail! Losing weight can be tough, stick with it. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi agaglia, thanks for your comments! I'm glad your found this helpful.

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    bushraismail 7 years ago from ASIA

    good hub.but it's a little difficult to act upon. wish me luck!!

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    agaglia 7 years ago

    Thank you. the facts in a nutshell. I love this hub!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi Tiffany, it can be hard, but keep working at it. Every little bit helps. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you read some of our other articles!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi jeanie, you're absolutely right ... exercise is an excellent way to help lose belly fat. You can't target the belly fat itself, but exercise will help fight fat, which will ultimately help you lose the belly fat as well. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks infomanic, I'm glad you found it helpful.

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    Tiffany C. Hill 7 years ago from kareeniebeanie.com

    Belly fat is always the last to go! I'll have to use some of your tips! Thanks!

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    jeanie.stecher 7 years ago from Seattle

    Nice hub Lamme. =) This would be of help. I would definitely try your ideas and best if it is with proper exercise. =) Thanks

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    infomanic 7 years ago

    very informative hub, well done

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi Sydnianne, I'm glad you found this helpful. Any green tea will be beneficial, there are some delicious blends. Just don't be tempted to buy the bottled, sweetened stuff.

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    Sydnianne 7 years ago from Illinois

    Thank you for the great tips. I will be putting these into action. As for the tea...do you recommend a specific kind...are flavored teas okay?

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Seakay thanks for your comments. As a vegetarian, I'm sure you need to be very aware of proper nutrition. Glad you found this helpful.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks truthaboutabs, I hadn't looked at the Atkins diet in years! Learning to fight belly fat is a huge concern for many people, thanks for stopping in.

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    Seakay 7 years ago from Florida

    Wow, great informative Hub. Lots of great advice! I'm a vegetarian but there are many things here that I didn't know. Thanks so much, Lamme!

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    TruthAboutAbs 7 years ago

    This is a nice lens. Most of the foods shown above are what an Atkins type diet consists of minus some of the carbs and no sugar of course. High protein and low carb/sugar diets is the best way to kill abdominal fat.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks roselover, I'm glad you found it helpful!

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    roselover 7 years ago

    Thanks a lot for your advice.it is really useful for me.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    That's so true lahoriamplifier, when we mess up ... we just need to get back on track and keep working at it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    lahoriamplifier 7 years ago from Lahore

    losing weight is not an easy task but we should not lose hope

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks Emeraldcloak, I'm glad you found the hubs useful! Thanks for your comments.

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    Emeraldcloak 7 years ago

    New to your hubs. Wonderful. Lots of information and very concise. I hope to be a follower.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks rachandisaboo, it's not always easy eating the right food, but I'm fairly passionate about the subject myself. I appreciate your reading and commenting!

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    rachandisaboo 7 years ago

    I love reading these tips on what to eat for a flatter belly because I really am passionate about eating healthy food so anything I can read to pass on to others is good for me

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    DeBorrah, Thanks for reading and your nice comments. Blessings to you as well.

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

    Lamme, Great advice and great healthy foods! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks joecseko! You are so right, diet isn't just about losing weight. Everyone needs to take a look at what they're eating and make healthy choices. Sometimes we indulge, but it should be an occasional indulgence ... not a way of life. Thanks for your great comments.

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    Joe Cseko jr 7 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

    Featurex, although this hub speaks of belly fat reduction, even those of us who have little to none should take head. Insulin sensitivity is something that we should all be aware of. These foods- the fibers, the monounsaturated fats, the complex carbs and whole foods are all ways to control insulin sensitivity.

    One thing that we all need to remember. I healthy diet is a healthy diet. Diet is how we eat, not just a weight loss plan. I'm fit and I diet year round. I indulge, but this is life.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Great news 2besure! It's amazing what a few little changes can do. Thanks for reading.

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    Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    Great hub on how to get rid of belly fat. I have started eating more nuts, whole grain and using olive oil to cook and I am not as hungry and see a difference in my spare tire!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    LOL, thanks Neil ... some of us have a little less trouble getting wet ;)

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    Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    Good information - at one time I had to run around the shower to get wet - now with a few pounds on my belly I only have to walk in shower to get real wet. Thanks

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks katrinasui! Glad to have you stop in :)

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    katrinasui 7 years ago

    Very informative hub. I always like natural ways to reduce weight.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi Sara, thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you find the tips useful!

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    Sara555 7 years ago

    Great hub! Thanks for all the tips

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Locker, thanks for your comments ... but, what's your concern with grains and peanut butter? These items should not pose any problem, unless of course you have an allergy or some other unique problem with them. Whole grains have been shown to be very beneficial, not only in weight loss, but also as part of a heart-healthy diet.

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    Locker 7 years ago from 127.0.0.1

    All good, but I'd avoid grains and peanut butter for health reasons.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks sanu. I'm glad you stopped in and found this useful :)

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    sanu 7 years ago

    great tips !!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Lucky you featurex! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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    featurex 7 years ago

    Good hub sadly I have no "Belly Fat" so I cant try :)

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks joecseko! I really appreciate the kind comments. I'm glad you stopped in :)

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    Joe Cseko jr 7 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

    Oh my God!!! (I'm actually not a believer, but it's making a point). I cannot wait for an opportunity to link to this hub. I smiled SOOOO widely as I read several portions, but the entire work is fantastic.

    I wish we could collaborate. I mean that. Fantastic work!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks Darlene, I think it's common to struggle with this as we age ;) Thanks for stopping in.

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    I always had a fat stomach, now that I am old, different story...but I started to ride my bike and eat ice cream. Love this hub, thumbs up my friend...

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi figment, thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks akirchner, there are no magic bullets when it comes to weight loss. I appreciate your comments.

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    Karli Duran 7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for the great tips. Excellent hub!

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

    Great information and SO true! If I see one more ad on how to artificially lose belly fat, I think I may scream. At least yours are doable!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    wordsscriber, you've got that right! Too much discipline and portion control at times :) I love to cook and I love good food. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi Pamela ... I know what you mean :) I didn't see ice cream anywhere on that list! Thanks for stopping in.

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    wordsscriber 7 years ago from California

    I quess losing belly fat will take discipline and portion control. No more "see food" pile it on diet. Thanks!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Wonderful advice and I eat most of these foods now. I just need to eliminate a few not on the list. Thanks for the great advice.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    must65gt, congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment. Thanks for your comments, they mean a lot coming from the voice of experience :) Keep up the healthy lifestyle.

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    must65gt 7 years ago

    Great hub, I recently lost 75lbs and I used many of the items you listed to do it. Be careful with olive oil, at temperatures over 250 (stir fry) it becomes bad to your digestion and the body had difficulty processing it. Also, I substituted Splenda for sugar. It is made from sugar but no unhealthy particles.

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi JBeadle, I find that if I keep a log of how much water I'm drinking, it makes me more accountable. Ice cream is my downfall, LOL ... I'll have to try the big glass of water first! Thanks for your comments.