Friday, 28 December 2012

Quick fixes for when you've over-indulged!

While we'd all love to be more conscious of portion sizes to help reduce holiday weight gain, all it takes is a chocolaye here, and a pizza there, and those innocent bite-sized holiday treats can produce an explosion of heartburn and bloating in your belly. If you went a little overboard at the hors d'oeuvres table (or the main course), and are now feeling the negative side effects, here are some quick remedies to help ease the pain.


  • Walk it off: No need for a brisk, speed-walking session, but around 20 minutes after your meal, a leisurely walk can assist in dispelling gas from your abdomen. What walking does is help to relieve overall intestinal pressure and therefore will reduce that uncomfortable bloating feeling. Walking also helps to get the blood flowing, which aids in the overall digestion process. Fresh air in itself can make you feel better too!

  • Bloat-busting foods: About a half hour after you've indulged, if you can still stomach some food, try eating a small portion of either papaya, pineapple, or yogurt, since all of these food items are great in aiding in the digestion process. For instance, pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain, which helps break down protein, making it easier for your body to digest your food.



  • Drink green tea: Help your body cut fat accumulation and cholesterol levels by drinking green tea during or after your meal. Controlled studies have shown that green tea contains certain polyphenols, or plant-based antioxidants, which help break down fat, thus helping to lower cholesterol level and BMI.


  • Refrain from lying down: You may be tempted to hit the sofa for some post-party relief, but don't! Wait at least three hours after your meal to avoid acid reflux since all those gastric juices will be working hard to help digest your food.

spice up your life!

Have a heavy hand with spices this season — it can help with weight loss; here's why:
 
 
 
Adding spice to your meals has a seemingly endless list of nutritional benefits. Speeding up metabolism, combating hunger, and increasing the taste of your meals are just a few of the miracles these dry powders offer, and even more benefits can rise from spicing your food in the colder months. Read on to learn why you should lend a heavy hand to spicing this season, and reap the rewards.


 
Spices create fullness: Tastier food is more satisfying, and if you're not satisfied, then you're more likely to overeat. Try adding spices to recipes that you already make. If you want to veer away from the icky green hue of lentil soup, then add turmeric to opt for a slightly more yellow one. If you want to add a kick to your bland chicken recipe, then do it with cayenne pepper. This spice is equal parts healthy and spicy.
 
Less is more: Spicing your food adds natural flavor, which decreases the amount of fat and sodium you need to make meals feel hearty and heartwarming. In fact, a recent study found that antioxidant-rich spices like cinnamon, paprika, and cloves can actually reduce the negative effects of meals high in fat.
 
It curbs cravings: According to Kate Geagan, MS, RD, author of Go Green, Get Lean, herbs and spices can play tricks on your sweet tooth. "Using herbs and spices expands your palette without extra calories and may decrease the amount of salt, fat, and sugar you use without sacrificing flavor," Geagan told WebMD. Try swapping cinnamon for sugar in your next cup of joe, and see if your candy cravings start to diminish.

FESTIVE SEASON DIETING!!

festive season dieting!
 
 
 
so, while it is the holidays, and while we want to be FabbFitFun, sometimes its OK to take a break!!
 
I'm a food fundi, I love food, but my motto is moderation. The holidays leave us turning to the 3 F's : Family, FOOD and fun!
 
It's okay to indulge, as long as you know when to stop, January is right around the corner- we can pick up on the dieting then, but for now, lets enjoy the holiday season!!
 
Here are a list of MY FAVOURITE goodies!!
 
1.) ANYTHING CHOCOLATE
lind balls, ferreros, double thick milkshakes with a marshmallow on top, choc chip cookies, ice cream
 
 
2.) SHORTBREAD TUMBLES
 
 
 
3.) STRAWBERRY WHIRLS
 A delicious biscuit sandwiched between a smoooth creamy icing and a teeny dollop of a rich and tasty strawberry jam
 
 
 
4.) ANYTIME CHOC NUTS
 
5.) RED LIQUORICE



6.)  GHOST POPS
The flame grilled ghost pops are a personal favourite, spicy and crunchie!

7.) CHEESECAKE
now who doesnt love a good cheesecake with a crispy biscuit base, truly decadent!



8.) ICE CREAM
chocolate chip ice-cream on a sugar cone, delightful!



Remember, it's okay to indulge in your favourite goodies, as long as you know when to stop. Keep your goal in mind and always remember moderation!!!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

DELISHOOOSH ICE LOLLIES- recipes!

OK so It's the festive season, the holidays, and in my part of the world, South Africa - This is when we generally get out heat waves!!
 
Generally in the holidays, everyone loves to snack and eat, and YOU SHOULDN'T deprive yourself. Here is a YUM recipe for some delissshooosh summer goodies!!
 
 
 

cherry lolly:

 
cherries
sprite (zero or 7 up lite)
 
method:
 
de-pit the cherries, liquidize, add the sprite and then freeze it , till you ready to devour it :P

p.s- it can be made with raspberries and strawberries




Cooler:
 
pomegranates
blue berries
 
method:
liquidize the blueberries and pour a little into the lolly holder, freeze in a slant.
 
add the liquidized pomegranates and freeze till set.
 
I would suggest adding a little bit of sprite for a sparkling taste.



Sweet melon and Cucumber:
 
liquidise the sweet melon and a bit of cucumber and add a bit of sprite. Freeze

 
Strawberry and peach:
 
This lolly, just like the cherry flavoured lolly would have to be my favourite.
 
Punnet of strawberries
A few peaches
sprite
 
cut, clean and liquidize and add some sprite. Freeze.
 
Remember these can be made with ANY fruit!!
Granadilla and Pineapple Lollies are also quite famous!
 
ENJOY!!!

It's holiday season, want to look fab? BEAT THE BELLY BLOAT!

It's the holiday season , and we all want to look our best, However a bloated tummy can definitely leave us feeling unattractive and wanting to stay home!



BEAT THE BELLY BLOAT!!!


If your stomach or tummy often feels bloated, it could be due to:
excess wind
constipation
swallowing air (from talking while eating etc)
food intolerance
irritable bowel syndrome
Try some of these tips, refering to bloating, not belly fat!

Raw foods -Steam your vegetables. If you eat them raw, they occupy more room in your intestines, which causes bloating. Eat only cooked vegetables and smaller portions of unsweetened dried fruit

 


Try probiotics -
Sometimes bloating can be caused by an imbalance of the bacteria in your intestines, probiotics supplements contain “good bacteria” that can promote regularity and minimize bloating.

Gassy foods –
If you’re not used to eating certain high fiber and gassy foods, they can cause bloating; your body could possibly adapt after eating them regularly. Gassy foods include: Beans, onions, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, pepper, legumes and citrus fruits. Make sure you still eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
 

Spicy foods -Don’t completely avoid these foods, just cut back if you want to decrease bloating for an occasion or an event. Spicy foods can stimulate the release of stomach acid, which could cause irritation in your stomach, which can lead to bloating. These include: Chili powder, hot sauces, onion, garlic, mustard, black pepper, horseradish, vinegar, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and nutmeg.

Drink more water –Drinking lots of water will cause you to excrete more water, which in turn, reduces water retention. Drink around 2 liters a day.



Constipation -Everyone knows that constipation causes bloating. Ensure you exercise; even a 20-30 minute power walk four times a week can improve your bowel function. Eat a high fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids to prevent constipation.

Salt -Avoid adding extra salt, salt-based seasonings, and stay away from processed/packaged foods because they are extremely high in sodium. Sodium leads to water retention, which contributes to a feeling slugglish, a puffy appearance, and extra water weight; as well as contributing to medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.

Carbohydrates -Your muscles store excess carbohydrate as glycogen. Every gram of glycogen is stored with about 3 grams of water. But unless you’re running a marathon tomorrow, you don’t need all this extra fuel. If you decrease your carbohydrate intake temporarily, your body will resort to burning this stored glycogen for energy, which conveniently drains the associated excess stored water.

Smaller meals -Split your meals into 5-6 smaller ones and eat around every 2-3 hours. Eating a large portion until you are full will make your belly appear bloated.

Chew your food -Thoroughly chew your food to felicitate digestion. Eating quickly will cause you to swallow air, which leads to bloating. Don’t talk and eat at the same time, sit down to eat (sitting upright and not slumped over), stop chewing gum and chew with your mouth closed so that you’re not taking in excess air.



Chewing gum -
when you chew gum, you swallow air which causes pressure, bloating, and belly expansion.

Do not use a straw -As it will cause you to inhale excess air, which will make your belly appear bloated.

Other things to avoid-Dairy - Check for lactose intolerance.
Carbonated drinks - Where do you think those bubbles go?
Alcohol and fried foods.
Artificial sweeteners - Sugar alcohols cause gas.
Gluten - If you have gluten intolerance.




Try these-
Exercise - Helps to keep food moving though your digestive system.
Peppermint tea - Can help reduce gas.
Dandelion tea/supplements - A diuretic, it can help get rid of excess fluid.
Bananas and avocados - Are rich in potassium. Potassium helps to flush out excess sodium from your system, which helps reduce water retention.
Asparagus - A diuretic, which helps flush out the excess water, it can also make you urine smell a bit, but don’t worry about that.
Herbs that help to soothe the digestive tract and relieve gas are known as carminatives. Ginger is a particularly effective carminative, helping to alleviate gas, bloating and cramps

If your bloating problem persists, consult your doctor, they can rule out other underlying medical conditions such as, irritable bowl syndrome or food intolerance.


Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Biggest Myth!!

Can you Spot Reduce Fat?

How can you lose fat in spot areas like upper thighs, love handles, tummy, Etc.?
 
 
HEALTHY EATING + EXERCISE = RESULTS!
 

Unfortunately spot reduction does not work. Spot reduction is one of the greatest fitness / fat loss myths out there, we have no control over where we lose fat. It’s all about the whole, not the parts.

Yes we lose and gain fat faster in some areas, like the face is the first to lose and last to gain fat. That stubborn midsection is the first to come but last to go! Everyone is different and it differs from person to person.
 

There are also the myths like "Sit ups and crunches will give you abs", yes this is true in a sense as we all have abs somewhere under that layer of fat. Core exercises are important to strengthen your abs and back, but doing 1000's of crunches a day does not necessarily mean that you will be able to see them. Having a good clean healthy diet, as well as regular exercise is going to help shift that layer of fat covering them up.
 

Cardio exercise is crucial if we want to maximize total fat loss. Other than walking, jogging and aerobic exercises, you can choose:
Cycling, boxing, swimming, circuit training, dancing, martial arts, etc.
These are just a few of the abundant things you can do that are fun and enjoyable.

Weight training is the only natural way to individually shape and sculpt our muscles. Strength training is also the key to really toning and strengthening our muscles, so that when we do lose the fat from our problem areas, the muscles visible look shapely and strong.
 

Remember, the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism. So this means you are burning more calories even while sleeping, as your body needs to use more calories to fuel your muscles, which helps you to burn more fat!

So it is important to remember, if you want that toned tummy, smaller thighs, and be rid of those love handles, you have to eat right  and exercise  and you will see and feel the difference all over your body! It is hard work and dedication, there is no easy magic solution, if you really want that tight tush you have always dreamed of then you have to do something about it!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

stop being lazy and get motivated!!!

Fight Tiredness And Get Your Motivation Back!!


Eat a good breakfast even if you don’t feel hungry. Skipping breakfast will give you a mid-morning crash and make you eat more at lunch; gorging at lunch can make you sleepy. You’ll feel a lot more alert if you eat breakfast and feel better physically and mentally. A good breakfast doesn’t mean sugary cereal or a croissant. Eat good food like oats, bran, eggs, whole-wheat toast, granola, yoghurt and fruit. Having breakfast every morning can lower the stress hormone cortisol.

A nutritious diet can help keep you energized all day long. A diet high in fruit, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, fibre, healthy fats from nuts, seeds, fish and lean meats for protein. Eat small meals every 2-3 hours; 5-6 small nutritious meals throughout the day (or 3 meals and 2-3 snacks) helps keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable all day. Larger meals demand more energy to digest and can leave you feeling lethargic.
 
 

Avoid sugar, eating sweets and high sugar treats like cakes and doughnuts, will contribute to a short-lived sugar high and a subsequent crash. Avoid putting sugar in your morning coffee or tea and try using natural sweeteners like honey, xylitol or stevia.

Watch your caffeine intake. Depending on caffeine can cause you to feel fatigued when you don’t use it. Consuming a moderate amount of caffeine around 300mg or roughly 2-3 cups of coffee can help make you feel more alert and energetic for a couple of hours, but can make you crash later. Consuming large amounts of caffeine, or consuming coffee after midday can affect your quality of sleep, making you tired and lethargic the next day; try switching to decaf in the afternoon and evening.

Drink plenty of fluids especially water. Water makes up the majority of our bodies; about 83% of our blood is water, and even mild dehydration can cause our blood to thicken, forcing the heart to pump harder to carry blood around your body resulting in fatigue. Water helps digest food, transport waste and control body temperature. Each day humans must replace 2.4 litres of water, some through drinking and the rest from the foods eaten. You should be urinating around every two to four hours, and your urine should be clear or pale yellow in colour, this is a good way to monitor how hydrated you are.




Exercise regularly, not only does it boost your energy; it also helps you sleep at night, it helps you fall asleep faster and spend more hours in a deeper sleep. No matter how much you hate exercise, it’s a necessity. Exercise acts as a stimulant and increases blood flow, which is a fantastic daytime energizer; try to fit in some vigorous exercise in the morning or afternoon when you need that boost. Regular exercise releases those feel good endorphins, combats stress and fights fatigue. Even low-level exercise such as walks and stretching can help strengthen our stamina, flexibility, help improve sleep and after a brisk walk you'll feel more energized. Stay active to get fitter and avoid lethargy.



Maintain a healthy weight. Carrying extra fat uses extra energy each day, not only is it bad for your body, health, joints and self esteem, it’s also bad for your sleeping patterns. Carrying too much fat can contribute to sleep disorders and low energy levels. Lighten up your body weight and you’ll be lighter on your feet too.



Get seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and keep your schedule as regular as possible. Not having an adequate sleeping pattern can make you feel sluggish and sleepy. Sleep helps to recharge your batteries, muscles and joints heal and rest, and helps replenish serotonin and endorphins,



Other tips
Cut back on TV and other screens a couple of hours before bed.
Write down your worries and things you need to do, before you go to bed.
Splash some water on your face or take a shower to re-energize,
De-stress and relax.
Get regular fresh air and 30mins of sunlight a day.
If your not asleep in 15mins, get up do something relaxing until you’re sleepy again.
Talk to your doctor if you still suffer from fatigue more than two weeks after making lifestyle changes such as, diet, exercise and getting more sleep. Your doctor can rule out anaemia, (an iron deficiency) others include, sleep apnea, thyroid problems, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and more


 

Monday, 26 November 2012

Easy Exercise- a lazy girl's workout.

For the days you just don't feel like trying hard!

do these exercises so you atleast feel like you have done a bit of something. Remember a lazy girls workout isn't for everyday of the week. BUT it's ok to take off every now and again.
 
 

how to eat and STILL lose weight!!



If you’re suffering through some miserable, deprivation-themed diet, you’re probably desperate to figure out how to eat and lose weight. There are only so many times you can eat a grapefruit, and celery sticks do not a diet make. So how can you eat more and still lose weight? I can help. Eating smart means you can eat more… here are 10 tips on how to eat and lose weight.
 
 

1. Try for Five, Part 1

Wait, what? You can eat more often than you’re eating now and still lose weight? It’s true! Eating smaller meals more often keeps you from being hungry, so you’re a lot less likely to be tempted to make a hunger-induced mistake (like, oh, cheesecake!)… eating more often also means your metabolism will kick into, and stay in, high gear.

 

2. Try for Five, Part 2

Just like you ought to try for five small meals a day rather than three big meals a day, you should also try for the other five — five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. Incorporate these power-packed treats into your five small meals a day, and you’ll reap the benefits of natural sugar energy, antioxidants, and fiber (which makes you feel fuller, longer).

 

3. Snack Smart!

snacks are perfectly acceptable, and in fact encouraged, while dieting. So how do you eat and lose weight if you’re snacking? Well, remember those five servings fruits and veggies? You’ll be snacking smart on those, enjoying all the nutrients you need and the fiber (again!) that keeps you feeling full.
 

4. Prepare Ahead

All the healthy snack ideas and small, wholesome meal ideas in the world aren’t going to help you if you don’t stock your pantry and fridge with all the goodies you’ll need to make them. Make a list of all the things you need, and keep them stocked.
 

5. Learn How to Shop

Hey, you know how to shop! So what am I talking about? This is a grocery shopping tip, one that’s as simple as steering your shopping cart in a particular pattern, from the outside aisles of the store directly to the check-out, avoiding the inner aisles altogether. Why? Because the perimeter of the store is where all the good stuff is — the whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and fresh fruits and veggies — and the inner aisles contain all the junk food. So while you may have nailed the Fall Boot Shopping and Handbag Co-ordination categories, this Grocery Shopping hint is another way to eat more and lose weight.

 

6. Learn Serving Sizes

Let’s try an experiment: grab a box of cereal and a bowl, then pour what you think is one serving. Now measure that against what the nutrition label on the box says is a serving. Chances are, you poured out about two servings of cereal… which is fine, but if you’re counting calories, you’ll need to know how many servings to count! Until you learn to eye serving sizes, heed this tip to eat more and lose weight by measuring your servings.
 

7. Don’t Deprive Yourself!

Deprivation diets don’t work, mostly because we’re humans, after all. We crave what we crave. And if we constantly deprive ourselves, we’re actually more likely to cheat on our diets in a significant and horrible way. Rather than attempting total deprivation, try to learn moderation. An entire dish of chocolate gelato every day isn’t a good idea, but a single scoop once every 2 week won’t hurt… and won’t wreck your diet.

 

8. Count ALL The Calories!

Sometimes you’ll eat more and lose weight just by taking two things off your plate: cheese and condiments. Here’s an example: a plain hamburger contains 240 calories, while a cheeseburger contains 300 calories… that’s 60 extra calories, just because of ketchup and cheese! Who knew?
 

9. Swap for Whole Grains

There are lots of reasons to swap your bland, flimsy white bread for wholesome, tasty whole grain bread (taste is obviously a consideration!)… but most importantly, whole grain bread is loaded with valuable fiber and other nutrients, while white bread is literally bleached of them. Take the swap one step farther and switch to whole grain pasta too!
 

10. Swap The Soda!

Plain and simple, soda has no place in a healthy diet, so my second weight loss tip for women in their 20’s is to skip the soda! Soda is loaded with calories, most of them from sugar. And if you’re thinking you can just swap the regular soda and drink diet soda instead, think again. A recent study  found that people who drink diet soda actually gain 43% more weight than people who don’t drink diet soda. If you want to eat more and lose weight, swap the soda for something better, like water!
Now that you know how to eat more and still lose weight, I hope you’re feeling a little more optimistic about your weight loss… there’s no reason to deprive yourself or starve yourself, especially with all of these amazing tips. Which of these ideas surprised you, and which did you already know? Do you have any other tips to share? Please do!

clean eating

 
 
What Is Clean Eating?
Clean eating is eating natural, whole, unprocessed foods, avoiding artificial ingredients, preservatives and hydrogenated trans-fats. Avoiding sugar, artificial sweeteners e.g: Splenda (Sucralose) and aspartame, and substituting them for natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol.

Example: Eating whole grains like whole wheat bread instead of white bread (make sure it's 100% whole grain, some advertise whole grain but also add white flour to the ingredients), brown rice instead of white rice, fresh fruit instead of concentrated juices.

Eat whole grains, legumes, complex carbs, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fish, good fats (omegas, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats), lean or organic meats (if you eat meat), drink water and stick to natural ingredients.

Eat lots of plants, so lots of fruits and vegetables, and go organic if possible. Always read the ingredients and if you don't recognise any of them or can't pronounce it, don't buy it. Try not to buy anything with more than 3-6 ingredients. Experiment with recipes, use herbs and spices to flavour your food.

Prepare all your meals for the week so you know exactly what's going in your food and you. Spread them out into 5-6 small meals a day. If this isn't something you are used to, it may take a while for you to adapt and make a habit of it. Make small changes each day, and don't beat yourself up if you make a mistake, we are human, we all do it! It's the small changes that count at least you are doing something.


Warning:
Clean eating and not disposing of any junk in your body will result in:
More energy, clearer skin, better health and hopefully a happier you!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

BEST ways to LOSE stomach fat fast!!

 
 
This fantastic list of 42 Best Ways to Lose Stomach Fat Fast includes all the tips you need to lose that belly fat that’ve been bugging you for months or even years.
 
 Not only is belly fat unflattering, but it has been scientifically linked to many health problems such as bloating, heartburn, diabetes, heart disease, stroke etc. (and you thought having a muffin top was the worst part!). The good news is losing stomach fat and getting a flat tummy or even getting those fabulous six pack abs is not as difficult and unachievable as many people think.
 
I promise you that if you start implementing these effective ways for losing abdominal fat one by one, you’ll get the perfect stomach you always wanted before you know it! So, let’s get started!

 
1. How much weight you want to lose?
 
Before you do your first sit-up or dump that Cola down the drain, you need to decide how many KILOS you want to lose. Losing weight and getting rid of belly fat takes some work, and you really need to set a goal to keep an eye on your progress.
You’re not going to lose all the fat around your waist in 3 days, and you will definitely need to break some sweat before you lose that stomach fat. Just remember, that it’s completely doable and if you keep implementing these best ways to lose stomach fat, you’ll get the body you wanted in a matter of months.
So, once you know how much weight you want to lose or how many inches around your waist you want to get rid of, all you need to do is pick minimum 10 ways to lose belly fat from the list below and apply them for 2 weeks. Afterwards, weigh yourself again or take the new measurements. You’ll see that your waist is getting slimmer and you’ve already shed a few kilos. At this point, add 5 more routines from this list to the 10 you’ve been doing before and carry on for 2 more weeks. Then again, do the measurements to track your progress and add 5 more routines to the 15 ways to lose belly fat you’ve been using so far. Depending on your weight loss goal and your current weight, it will take anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months maximum to get that perfect stomach you’ve always wanted.
Now, let’s proceed to the tips to help you get that sexy stomach!

 
2. Carry water everywhere to start losing stomach fat?
 
Whether you’re on a weight loss journey, you’re trying to lose belly fat, or you’re just trying to be healthier, it’s always a good idea to keep well-hydrated, and to do that, you’ll want to keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. Sip from it every now and then, and you’ll feel fuller, more invigorated, and you’ll also be a lot less likely to indulge in a sugar-laden soda or juice if you’re not thirsty! This is a sure way to lose stomach fat fast, try it for a week and you’ll see what a difference it makes
 
3. Color your plate
 
Did you know that the more colorful your meal, the more healthful it’s likely to be? Think about it: carrots, peppers, spinach, tomatoes: they’re all brilliant colors, and they’re all very healthful choices! Keep your plate colorful and you’re well on your way to losing that belly fat!

 
4. Cut out fast food – it’s an absolute must for having a flat tummy
 
Fast food is the worst culprit in the battle against stomach fat. It’s convenient, sure, but it’s loaded with calories and fat, and those calories and fat head straight to our “problem areas,” our bellies and butts! Skip the fast food, or at least opt for healthier fast food options, like salads (without fried chicken or calorie-rich ranch on them) instead of fries. But if you are really set on losing stomach fat fast, avoid the fast food altogether.

 
5. Cut out soda
 
A serving of soda contains more calories than a large banana, with none of the nutritional value. many of those calories come from high fructose corn syrup, which our bodies don’t really know how to process, and which often ends up turning into belly fat. Ditch the soda and save those calories for something much better for burning belly fat!
 
6. Doing your weight bearing exercises – one of the best ways to lose stomach fat fast
 
If you think you’ll need to spend the rest of your life doing sit-ups and crunches only, so you can burn belly fat and keep it off, that’s not quite true. You’ll need to do all sorts of exercises, in moderation, including weight bearing exercises, like brisk walking, jogging, and the like. Remember, overall fitness and nutrition is the key for losing stomach fat, and making sure it doesn’t come back!

 
7. Do your non-weight bearing exercises, too!
 
In addition to the weight bearing exercises to help you burn belly fat, you’ll also need to add non-weight bearing exercises, like biking and rowing. These two (weight bearing and non-weight bearing), combined with weight training and cardio, and some yoga thrown in for good measure, will give you a lifetime of fitness and good health — and of course will melt that belly fat away for good!

 
8. Don’t be complacent!
 
Once you’ve got the body you want (no belly fat in sight!), that doesn’t mean it’s time to rest on your laurels. Don’t stop exercising. Don’t stop eating right. Keep up with your plan, and you’ll keep your new hot body!

 
9. Don’t starve yourself! It won’t help you lose stomach fat faster.
 
Starving yourself will not help you burn belly fat. Cut calories, by all means, especially the empty calories, but to be healthy, and lose belly fat, you need to eat well. Starving yourself is dangerous, terribly unhealthy, and it won’t work anyway!

 
10. Don’t deprive yourself, either!
 
In addition to not starving yourself, don’t feel you have to deprive yourself all the time either just because you want to lose stomach fat. Is this carte-blanche for eating an entire carton of Ben & Jerry’s? No. But you CAN have a small dish, once in a while, to keep the edge off your cravings, and to remind yourself that life is good! Now, could there be a better way to lose stomach fat? :)


 
11. Don’t give up on your goal to lose stomach fat fast
 
After a couple of weeks you might find that you’re not losing weight or inches anymore. What gives? Don’t give up, sweetie! That’s just a plateau, a sign your body is adjusting to all of the positive things you’re doing. Keep going! You’re getting there! You are now much closer to losing all that stomach fat than ever!

 
12. Don't try to isolate
 
It’s a scientific and biological fact: you absolutely cannot isolate one set of muscles and lose fat just in that one spot, and that includes belly fat. If there’s a product or pill that promises otherwise, it’s a scam, straight up. To lose stomach fat, you need to change your diet and exercise habits, all over. It’s that simple. Truly!

 
13. Drink a glass of water before you eat!
 
If you’re thirsty, you’re going to eat more. Isn’t that strange? But it’s true. So before you sit down to eat, drink a glass of cool water, wait a few minutes, then dish out your sensible portion and begin to eat. Much better! You’ll be surprised at how effective this way to lose stomach fat is. Give it a try!
 
14. Eat 5 SMALL meals a day to lose stomach fat fast
 
Rather than eating three large meals every day, switch to five smaller meals: a light breakfast, a mid-morning snack, a light lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, and a balanced dinner. Smaller portions more often will keep you from feeling hungry. And by the way, when I say “snack,” of course I mean something healthful, not a Twinkie! This way to lose stomach fat does not require a lot of sacrifice, all you need to do is figure out a schedule for your meals, and, with time you’ll be surprised at how eating 5 meals a day will become your new healthy lifestyle habit.

 
15. Give yourself 20 minutes to feel full after the meal
 
Did you know that it takes a few minutes for your tummy to realize it’s full? That’s why it’s important to eat slowly and take little breaks between the courses. Otherwise, you’ll end up over-eating, undoing all of the diet magic you accomplished that day, and that’s not what you want if you need to lose that stomach fat fast.
 
16. Get the right fit!!
 
No matter how thin you are, if you’re wearing jeans that are too small, you’re going to have unsightly muffin top — so make sure you have the right fit, even if it means going up a size or two, and you may not need to burn as much belly fat as you thought! Now, this is probably the easiest way to “lose” stomach fat fast, but bear with me, there are many more ways that will actually require action!! AND PLEASE DO NOT WEAR OVERSIZED CLOTHES, IT MAKES YOU LOOK OBESE, THE BAGGIER IT IS, THE BIGGER YOU LOOK!!
 
17. Get your cardio going for losing stomach fat faster!
 
While weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercise is important to help you lose belly fat, you’ll also need to add cardio to your routine. Try for 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. What counts as cardio? Anything that makes your heart pound hard for that entire 20 minutes: bouncing on the trampoline, dancing your butt off, running, you name it! Any cardio is good if you are determined to lose that stomach fat fast. This may be TMI but I shut my room door and hope around, doing jumping jacks , make my heart beat till i think its about to explode and then jump again, granted I look like  a fool doing it, but its tons of fun and the best way to beat the fat.

 
18. Have a specific goal in mind for your weight loss
 
In any endeavor, it’s important to have a goal, and keep it in mind. Make sure your goal for losing stomach fat is realistic, and write it down, repeat it: it’s your new mantra. This goal will keep you motivated on the days when you don’t want to exercise, and when that pint of Ben & Jerry’s is calling your name.
 
19. Ignore the hype when it comes to commercial products for losing stomach fat fast
 
Let me say this once and for all: if a special diet plan, a pill, or a piece of workout equipment promises to help you burn stomach fat fast, it’s a lie, no matter which celebrity says it works. The absolute only way to burn belly fat fast is to change your diet and exercise… sound familiar? It’s the second time I’ve said something like this in this list. It’s that important. Be skeptical of new products that promise miracles. They’re a waste of your time and money!

 
20. Ignore the scale
 
I hate the scale. Not just because Im scared of it , lol. We all think of it as the end-all, be-all of weight loss measurement, but it’s not. First of all, as women, our weight is prone to fluctuate a little on its own with our own natural cycles. Also, as we build lean muscle and lose stomach fat, we’ll actually gain a little weight, though we’re losing inches. if you just can’t help yourself, keep the weigh-ins to a minimum, maybe once a week! The scale should be decreasing, not increasing!
 
21. One of the best ways to lose stomach fat – knowing your portions
 
Do you know how big a serving size ought to be? Try this: pour what you think is one serving of cold cereal into a bowl, then measure it against what the side of the box says is a serving. Most of us pour double what the suggested serving size is! And worse, restaurants tend to serve more than twice the serving size, especially in meat and in fats. A serving of meat ought to be about the size of a deck of cards. Most restaurants serve a portion of chicken or beef that’s at least twice that — be sure you know what a serving size looks like, and save the rest for left-overs

 
22. Maintain good posture to start losing stomach fat
 
Want a quick tip to make it look like you’ve lost inches, even when you haven’t (yet)? Suck your tummy in, put your shoulder back, keep your head up, and, with this good posture, you’ll look (and even FEEL) much fitter — it’s even easier to breathe this way! In a way you’ll be toning your abdominal muscles, and as you know – they are essential in losing stomach fat faster.

 
23. One word : Swim!
 
I know I sound like a broken record, but if you don’t exercise regularly, you’ll never lose belly fat. One of the best ways to exercise, and the most fun this summer, is to swim! The water resistance provides superb low-impact for joints and muscles, and it’s fantastic cardio, too! Anyone can do it… try it and you won’t believe how much more toned your belly will be!
 
24. Read the labels (even on diet food)
 
Even the foods that are supposed to be designed for dieters can be loaded with nasty chemicals and even far more calories than we need. Always check the labels on the food and drinks you’re about to have — and again, make sure you know what a serving size is! It’s crucial for losing stomach fat fast. I am so guilty of this , its ridiculous, I can't purchase any food item without checking the labels. Make sure that the fat is less than 0,5 , however this does not make it fat free, You have to check sugar and carb content too!!
 
25. See a Pro
 
Your doctor, personal trainer and plastic surgeon should NOT be last resorts in your efforts to lose belly fat. Before starting ANY exercise regimen or diet plan, see your doctor, especially if you’re diabetic or if you have had an eating disorder in the past. And a personal trainer can be a friend indeed in your battle against the belly bulge — they know even more tips and tricks than I do, and they’re always willing to help! And once you lose weight, you might still want to tighten things up (loose skin), and that’s where a plastic surgeon can help.
 
26. Strengthen your core
 
Your belly muscles are part of a network of muscles called your core, and they’re vitally important to fitness and good health. Do exercises specifically to strengthen your core, and you’ll not only burn belly fat, you’ll also have better posture, and you’ll be far less likely to ever suffer from back pain… what a bonus.

 
27. Substitute the sweets to lose stomach fat faster
 
I have a terrible sweet tooth, so it’s always a challenge for me to cut sweets from my diet. I learned a trick, though: sometimes it’s possible to substitute the sweets I crave with something better! Fresh berries or sweet plums, frozen juices, even dried fruits without added sugar — all of these make my sweet tooth happy, without adding the extra sugar and empty calories that I usually get from sweet treats. Try this way to lose stomach fat fast and see how beautifully it works
 
28. The perfect Push-up?
 
No, the perfect push-up isn’t at Victoria’s Secret, it’s in the gym (or even at home)! Did you know that a push-up, done correctly, is the perfect exercise? It’s good cardio (if you do enough of them together), it’s great for strengthening your core, and it even helps build lean muscle in all of your other muscle groups. Marvelous! How many push-ups can you do correctly?
 
29. Try reverse sit-ups
 
Sit on an incline bench, then lay back HALF-WAY, then come back up. It’s sort of a reverse sit up, and it’s a lot harder than it sounds! Add these to your work-out routine, and you’ll see what I mean!

 
30. Work together!
 
Why is it always easier to diet or exercise with a friend? I’m not sure why, but it’s true. Enlist the aid of a work-out or diet buddy, and burn belly fat and lose inches together! You can inspire each other, help each other, and even have a little friendly competition
 
31. You need to eat more meals and more often to lose that fat

 
Don’t get too excited because at the same time you need to reduce the size of your portions. Eating 5-6 small meals per day will first of all prevent you from binging or overeating at meal times and it also keeps your metabolism running as it is constantly burning up food
 
32. Never Skip Breakfast
 
Skipping breakfast can actually be one of those things that cause stomach fat! If you don’t eat after many hours of sleeping your body goes into ‘starvation mode’. This is bad news for shedding belly fat as it slows your metabolism down in an effort to save energy and burn less calories. In fact a lot of dietitians advice that the best breakfast is a heavy one
 
33. Carefully monitor the food you are eating
 
One of the best ways to lose stomach fat fast is to try and eat more fat burning foods such as brown rice, whole grains, vegetables, natural fruits, skimmed milk, lean poultry or meat, seafood and egg whites. I’m sure you already know all the ones to avoid as they are likely to be your favourites! The list includes pizzas, burgers, deep fried foods, bakery foods, fatty meats and all products that contain lots of sugar.

 
34. Eat slowly – it’s an easy yet surprisingly effective way to lose stomach fat fast
 
Get into the habit of taking smaller bites and chewing them slowly because that will ensure that you consume fewer calories and do not over-eat. How? Well, it takes our brain about 20 minutes to register that we are full. So if you don’t take your time to eat, chances are you’re eating past the point where you’re full. Eating slowly gives you enough time to realize when you should stop. It also leads to better digestion and let’s face it, you enjoy your food more that way
 
35. Do the most effective exercise efficiently
 
Cardiovascular exercises are the ones that get your heart thumping and the fat burning, so cardio workouts such as brisk walking, jogging, aerobics and cycling are the best ways to lose stomach fat fast. If you exercise before breakfast your body will burn the excess fat in your body as there is no food available to burn, making it the best time to burn off that belly fat. To know which ones are the most effective.

 
36. Drink, drink and drink again!
 
Keeping your body hydrated is essential to lose stomach fat fast because, if you are dehydrated your liver won’t function and the fat burning process won’t be as effective. Drink lots of water and also hot green tea neutralizes the effects of fatty foods
 
37. Get more sleep if you want to lose stomach fat
 
If you are not sleeping at least 7-8 hours per night you will find it difficult to find the energy to work out and eat well. Studies show people who are constantly tired have slower metabolisms. So, make sure you get a good night sleep every night!
 
38. Cut down or eliminate alcohol consumption and smoking
 
Because of the effects alcohol has on the liver, drinking alcoholic drinks slows down the body’s natural fat burning process. Alcohol ruins most parts of your body, so try stop drinking!!!! and quit smoking , smoking is an addictive vice, stay away from it!
 
39. Take the long way to lose stomach fat more rapidly
 
Try to resist taking short cuts in order to increase your movement and metabolism. Park in the space furthest away from the entrance, take the stairs instead of the lift and when possible walk and leave the car at home. This is definitely one of the best ways to lose stomach fat fast!
 
40. Reduce your salt intake
 
Excessive consumption of salt makes the body retain water. This makes the abdomen appear bloated. We can get enough salt from our diet without needing to add it to our food. Also junk food contains a lot of salt and is best eliminated in order to lose excess fat.
 
41. Avoid Stress
 
You may find it surprising but stress can cause weight gain. Not just because we are more likely to stress eat, but when our body detects stress it releases a lot of hormones that cause changes in metabolism. Bad news for belly fat
 
 
42. Stay motivated to lose stomach fat. FAST!!
 
How can any of these best ways to lose stomach fat fast work if you’re not motivates? Think about what could help you stay motivated. Keeping a food diary, joining an exercise class or rewarding yourself for small successes are great ways to keep you on your toes. But most importantly, if you do hit a low, don’t punish yourself or binge. Just start afresh and keep a picture of those dream abs handy!
 
If you can stay motivated and on track, I guarantee you that these Best Ways to Lose Stomach Fat Fast will work! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, though, just start implementing these ways to lose stomach fat fast one by one. You’ll be surprised at how easy it really is. And in just a couple of days you’ll notice that you have started losing stomach fat already! So why not start today? Make a promise to yourself and pick the first way to lose stomach fat fast you’d like to start with. And if you have any tips on best ways to lose stomach fat fast are, you are most welcome to share them in the comments! When it comes to weight loss, there can never be too many tips!