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How To Lose Belly Fat In 4 Easy Steps

Losing belly fat does not have to be complicated. Any effective weight loss program is going to be comprised of these four simple steps:

1. Eat real food. Regardless of the type of diet you follow, it’s most important to eat food that is not the result of extensive processing. Nearly all food items that come in the flashy and colorful packaging of a box or a wrapper should be avoided. Taking a look at the ingredient list on the food item is the best way to determine if it is “real food”. The less ingredients listed, the better. As an example, a bag of raw almonds will simply have “almonds” listed in the ingredients. And the best foods for losing belly fat – fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish – won’t even have ingredient lists.

In addition to eating food that is not processed, it is also important to eat appropriate quantities of each item. This will vary for each person, but as a general rule it is always better to eat smaller portions. With smaller portions, you can always eat a little bit more if you are still hungry. But if you eat too much at the onset of the meal, there is no undoing the food you’ve already eaten.

2. Exercise in a challenging manner. The best exercises for losing belly fat are going to be full-body compound movements. Compound movements mean that at least two joints and multiple muscle groups are involved. A good example of a compound movement is the pull up (using both the shoulder and the elbow, and the muscles of the back, biceps, and shoulders), while and example of a single joint movement that will not help with belly fat is a bicep curl (using only the elbow and the biceps). Other compound movements good for losing belly fat include squats, lunges, push ups, and burpees.

But whether you train using compound movements or feel more comfortable on a cardio machine, the important thing is to always try to do a little bit more with each session. That might mean a few more pounds on the bar for a bench press, one more push up today than you did yesterday, or just a few seconds faster on the treadmill. What ever your exercise selection, be sure to continually challenge yourself and push outside of your comfort zone.

3. Rest. Everyone knows that diet and exercise are important for losing belly fat, but allowing for adequate rest and recovery is often neglected. First on the list of adequate rest is sleep. Be sure to get as much sleep as possible and take measures to ensure quality sleep (keep the room dark, avoid watching television immediately before going to bed, and keep the room cool).

In addition to sleep, be sure to include other recovery practices such as massage, meditation, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying hobbies and pets. When we experience extended periods of stress, the body releases a hormone called cortisol which can directly lead to belly fat. Also taking at least one day off per week from your exercise regimen is important for recovery.

4. Be consistent. Losing your belly will not happen in one day. The regimen of diet, exercise, and rest must be done day after day with consistency to get rid of your belly. Rather than looking at losing belly fat as a quick-fix project, try to focus on new healthy habits that will last a life time.

Sometimes things can seem a little confusing when trying to lose weight. But if the program you follow includes the for simple steps above, you know you have found a plan for success.

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