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Losing Belly Fat: 6 Steps to Start

By Stephen R. Farris

Belly fat is something most of us deal with. Not only can excess belly fat lead to a few unwarranted health problems and conditions, it can also cause a ripple effect with our self-esteem.

Luckily, all is not lost -- depending on if you have certain underlying medical conditions -- due to a few scientific approaches to losing excess belly fat and making us feel more healthy and a little more self-confident when we're trying on new clothes.

So here's a few tips to help you on your way to a more healthy, active lifestyle.

Get Rid of Sugar in Your Diet

Sugar is sweet and delicious, and can be added to drinks -- or found in most -- or naturally produced in certain fruits. Some fruits have higher sugar content than others, so it's best to do a little research to make sure you're not getting too much. Basically, you should cut out the sodas. Maybe substitute them with water, complimented with a few slices of fruit instead.

Add More Protein to Your Diet

Protein can actually help increase your metabolism. Foods that have high protein content include eggs, fish, lean cuts of meat, chicken and turkey to name a few, along with legumes and nuts. Certain plant-based foods contain protein as well. 

Nix the Carbs

Eating a diet with lower carbohydrate intake can help reduce belly fat. According to scientific studies, low carb dieting can help reduce your appetite, water weight, and lower the amount of fat in the abdomen and around the liver. 

Add More Fiber to Your Diet

By adding more fiber to your diet, it will help with the digestion process and aid in weight loss. You might try doing away with the canned, processed vegetables and fruits, and opt for raw veggies to cook with and fresh fruit from the produce section of your favorite grocery store. However, be careful in the fiber foods you choose, as there are certain ones that will have an adverse effect.

Exercise

As with any weight loss diet, you should incorporate some type of exercise with it. It doesn't have to be extreme. A brisk walk or jog, swimming, riding a bike, dancing, or most any form of aerobic exercise will do, just as long as you're doing something.

Keep a Record

When starting a diet to lose belly fat, keep a record of your progress. Write down how many calories you consume each day, how much time you spent exercising and your weight loss progress (weight lost/inches lost).  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clarksville, Tenn.

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