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How to Lose Belly Fat: Some Common Sense Advice For Losing Belly Fat Once and For All!

Updated on February 11, 2011

How to Lose Belly Fat

If you are reading this, you may have just decided to finally get rid of that belly fat once and for all. And that's great - because according to all research that's the most dangerous fat on your body, so it really needs to go quickly! What you need to realize is that there are no shortcuts to losing fat. Many products advertised today promise "lose weight fast" solutions, but is the weight going to stay off? Sadly, usually not. People who choose to lose weight by these extreme methods will usually quickly gain back the pounds they lost, and even add some more weight on top of that. To really lose weight for good, and keep it off forever, you need to make some radical changes to your diet and lifestyle.

What does not work?

You're probably already SICK and TIRED of getting the same old boring advice to lose fat from your waist and belly... you know, like "Do abdominal crunches, eat a balanced diet, drink water ...blah, blah, blah". You've also probably seen enough of those ads about "magic pills" or exercise gizmos that will make you lose weight quickly and without much effort (even in your sleep LOL!).

Some of these magic solutions include:

--Doing Spot-Reduction Exercises, such as Abdominal crunches - or any other - these do not work, and even if you get a ripped six pack - it will be hidden under the fat you have on your belly. To really burn off a lot of belly you need physical activity that engages your whole body - and burns lots of calories in the proces, instead of wasting your time doing endless crunches on a gym machine.

--Low Calorie Starvation Diets, Restrictive Diets, such as Atkins diet, low calorie diets, or low carb diets, don't work because most people have a difficult time sticking to them. They are also not good for your health.

--Diet Pills - I am not even going to talk about those diet pills that are available everywhere you look. Most of these pills do more harm than good, draining the fluids from your body, but doing nothing to the fat that you carry. Taking pills can make your eating habits deteriorate even further, because you may be thinking that if you are taking pills you may eat any junk you want. And of course, the weight will come back once you stop taking them.

If you are trying to shed some pounds and keep them off forever, what you truly need is a COMMON SENSE GUIDE that will steer you in the right direction.

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off Forever

These are the three important factors to keep in mind when trying to lose weight:

--- 1. The primary factor to losing weight is, of course, what you eat. You may have already tried to eat fewer calories, but the thing is your body will adapt to whatever you do, so if you eat fewer calories than your body requires for its mass (which is about 10 calories per pound) your body will slow down its metabolism to make do with less.

So starving yourself is not the answer. You need to eat a normal calorie diet without starving yourself or restricting yourself unnecessarily.

For optimum weight, and health, you should be eating mostly fresh, raw plant foods - that includes lots of fruits, vegetables and greens. Make salads, drink green smoothies (smoothies made from sweet fruits and greens, such as spinach, kale, and other), steam some vegetables, or make a vegetable soup. Consume at least 70% (or even more) of your calories from these sources and you will notice magical results! Your unwanted pounds will begin to melt away and your chronic health problems will begin to disappear one by one.

--- 2. The second factor is drinking lots of water to keep your body hydrated and remove toxins. I'm sure you heard this one before, too. But are you already doing it? Limit or stop drinking those sodas, energy drinks, artificial juices, coffee, tea, milk, etc. and replace them with water.

If you like and have the time, you make yourself some green juices too.

--- 3. And last but not least is - you guessed it - physical activity. And I'm not just talking about doing endless abdominal crunches - or any other routine to spot-reduce the fat on your belly. These are not effective, because even if you get a beautifully ripped six pack - it will not be visible under the fat you have on your belly. To really burn off a lot of belly fat you need to do full body workouts instead of wasting your time doing endless crunches on a gym machine.

Try walking, running (start really slowly if you are out-of-shape), swimming, jumping on a mini-trampoline, play tennis, do some body weight exercises, or anything else you like.

Visit my blog for more weight loss tips or to find out how to beat food cravings and lose weight quickly

The real benefits of healthy diet and active lifestyle cannot be overestimated. Long term, they definitely beat most other weight loss methods, and are much cheaper than those stiff liposuction prices. Can probably help you get rid of cellulite, too.


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