How To Lose Belly Fat Tips – Gender, Exercise & Nutrition Secrets

Knowing where to start and having the desire to do so are the keys to losing belly fat. Lose belly fat tips will help you to have that flat stomach you aspire to. And then you can go for the six-pack. But first things first, a belly is a challenging area to get rid of but not impossible.

Men naturally retain fat around their mid-section, we like to call them love handles. Stress, lack of exercise and a poor diet all contribute to a fat belly. This type of fat is stubborn but can be reduced and even transformed into desirable flat abs. The combination of weight training, cardio exercise and lean muscle-building can get you to your goal.

Women can retain their baby fat after childbirth. Stress can put the pounds on and they are usually around the mid-section. Changes in hormones can also add to the waistline.

These methods apply to both men and women and people of all ages. Throw away your junk food, don’t have the temptation around your house and you won’t think about snacking on them. You will break the habit of reaching for cookies or chips when you want a snack. Junk food is high in sugar and refined carbs, this raises blood sugar levels and reduces the ability for the body to burn fat.

Avoid bad carbs like pasta, donuts, cake, white bread and biscuits. These foods cause bloating and poor digestion. Good carbs like vegetables and fruits should be eaten as well as oats, brown rice and sweet potato. Whole grains should be eaten as much as possible. Mix up protein, carbs and vegetables for a good diet. Portion control matters, protein servings should be the size of a credit card, carbs the size of your palm and the majority of your meal should be vegetables. Eating to many carbs will turn to sugar as your body can’t process them.

Do not eat late night snacks as there is no time to work off those calories. This will raise your blood sugar and that sugar will turn into fat. Decrease your alcohol intake, the fat you will accumulate will go to your waist, the beer belly is evidence of this. There is no nutrition in alcohol. Limit yourself to a glass of wine or just one beer.

Get up and exercise, don’t be a couch potato. Hire a personal trainer, go to the gym, walk around your neighborhood and park the car a distance from the store to get a few more steps in. Building muscle speeds metabolism. Interval training and circuit training burns fat fast. Vary your workout routine and you will shed pound more easily. Combining different types of exercise will keep your body from a routine and will ensure that the pounds drop not only faster, but with fun involved. Exercising with a friend or colleague always makes it that much more interesting.

Belly fat protects vital internal organs and is natural. By eating healthy and exercising you are well on your way to a new you. Make it fun and find some new recipes to try out for you and your loved ones.

20 Quick Tips to Transform Your Body

1. Stop running for miles and miles and instead start resistance training. Running only burns calories whilst you are performing it, whereas resistance training will keep your body burning calories for hours afterwards – even whilst you sleep! Resistance training includes bodyweight exercises, dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands or kettlebell training.

2. Make sure that 90% of your diet is made up of lean meat, vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds. Drink water whenever possible.

3. Only use exercises that work your entire body, rather than just one muscle at a time. For example, a biceps curl only targets your arm muscle. A press up, however, will train your arms, shoulders, core and back muscles all in one go. The more muscles you use, the more calories you burn!

4. Plan your exercise in terms of Quality (intensity), not Quantity (duration). A tough 20 minute workout is far more beneficial than a 60 minute light workout – anyone who tells you otherwise is either misled or just lying to you.

5. Don’t use the fixed-resistance machines! The reason many people are overweight is from sitting down all day. Do you really think that exercise machines that have you sitting down even more is going to help? In fact, it just leads to a less firm backside, which I’m sure is not what you want.

6. Don’t listen to anyone who advises you not to eat fruit because it contains sugar. The obesity epidemic did NOT come about because we’ve eaten too many apples…

7. Fruit juice, on the other hand is no good for you, since the natural fibre has been removed. This allows the sugar to be turned into fat.

8. White bread, white pasta, most breakfast cereals and crackers, Ryvita biscuits are no good for you either.

9. Foods that are branded as ‘healthy’ or ‘low-fat’ are no better for you. This is because when the fat content is removed, the manufacturers replace that fat with more sugar. Check the nutrition labels on the back if you don’t believe me…

10. Fat Loss is NOT as simple as ‘Calories In Vs Calories Out’, even though that’s what we are told by the media. If it were true then a person eating 2000kcals a day of ice cream should lose as much weight as a person eating 2000kcals of vegetables and meat. But we both know that’s not the case.

11. Controlling your hormones is important in shaping up. The hormone cortisol is released into your body when you are stressed. This hormone makes your body store more fat (particularly in women). So take measures to reduce the amount of stress in your life.

12. Another hormone, called insulin, is released into your body when you eat high amounts of sugar. This hormone’s job is to turn any unused sugar into fat. So avoid sugar!

13. Eat more healthy fats, from fish, eggs, oils, nuts and seeds. These fats are essential for boosting your metabolism and making your skin and hair more healthy.

14. Starving yourself of calories will only lead your body to store more fat. Your body just thinks its starving, and reacts by holding onto your body weight for dear life.

15. Eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is okay. Eating 8 would be better.

16. Foods with fibre are among the best you can eat. Porridge oats should be a staple of your diet.

17. The ‘Special K Challenge’ is a load of rubbish. Eat three small bowls of cereals (made of sugar) a day to lose weight? Yeah, okay, you will lose weight. But that weight will be mainly water, muscle, bone mass, and leftover sugar stored in your muscles. You’ll still have the same amount of fat on your body, and you’ll probably look worse. And you’ll be depriving your body of essential fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. That’s not healthy.

18. The key factor in a successful weight loss program is social support. When exercising in a group setting you are far more likely to stay motivated and accountable to your peers. A fitness program like the Bodyshape Bootcamp gives you such social support.

19. Walking is not exercise. It is physical activity – something you should be doing everyday in addition to a structured exercise program. I’m all for walking as much as possible, but it’s not going to burn belly fat I’m afraid.

20. Take Action TODAY – nothing will happen and your body will not change unless you take that first step. Find a well-reputable local trainer or bootcamp group and get started now!

How to Lose Weight? – Some Diet, Exercise and Homeopathy Tips for Losing the Extra Flab!

“Losing weight” seems to be on the New Year agenda of most people. Among 10 people I asked “what your New Year resolution is, more than 6 people answered that they want to lose weight and get into shape! Well, not a bad trend, right? But why today particularly the younger generation admires being thin so much? Probably the ramp-models have the answer. The size zero is quickly becoming popular and even the middle aged moms are trying hard to fit in the jeans of their twenties. Is it the right thing or we need to think more?

Let’s see-

One thing is sure that having extra flab on the body is not a healthy sign. Flab means fat, not muscle. Therefore, losing this flab should be the priority no doubt. Lesser the activity level, more one should worry for the flab. Yes! Read the sentence carefully. Today scientists have found a great positive relation between health and activity level. Regular the exercise, lesser are the chances of ill-health relatively irrespective of your weight.

But one should also understand here that more the weight, lesser is the activity level in many cases (due to inability to move faster) and this further contributes to high fat. How to halt this vicious cycle? Can we?

The answer thankfully is YES!

If you were lean, thin and healthy in your twenties, you have every right to remain so in your mid-forties and thereafter too. What exactly goes wrong? Many women think that childbirth is the culprit that contributed to their flab. Many men think their highly stressful job is the reason. But the fact is that despite child birth and stressful jobs, there are men and women that can maintain ideal body weight and live healthy life. So, why can’t we? We can too!

What can be done?

  • Steer clear of myths-

(1) We should follow strict diets if we want to lose weight– The foremost pre-requisite to idealize your weight and health is not to fall prey to the rumors. You must have seen (or done yourself) many people staying just on either bananas, hot water, soups, or ‘just’ vegetables for days together! This is one of the top myths that eating less will reduce your weight. It will not. It will just weaken your immune system and make you vulnerable to graver diseases. So firstly, stop any such staple diets if you are following. Our body needs enough quantity of all ingredients of diet including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, and trace elements to be able to cope with the wear and tear. Only-carbohydrate or Only-protein diets might help for a temporary duration to reduce weight (you tend to reduce muscle mass too during the process and not just fat). But once you wean off these diets, you tend to put on more weight, because obviously you cannot follow such stipulated diets for life (I hope you do not; otherwise…hats off to you!)

(2) Having just 2 full-meals per day– Many elderly are happy because they feel we are eating just two times a day and not recurrently. This is another myth that makes us fat. When you leave larger gaps between your meals, you obviously tend to eat lot more than can be properly digestible. Therefore, the excess sugars and proteins tend to get converted into fat and it deposits beneath your skin and in the arteries (leading to atherosclerosis)

(3) Eating fat-less diets can reduce weight– remember that fat is also an essential element of diet. Just we need to take it in stipulated quantity not to exceed beyond limits. Have seen many patients who deprive themselves of fat completely. What they get in turn is the shriveled old-looking skin. Fat is the natural moisturizer and toner for your body and therefore essential. Just reduce the excess quantity you eat and it will not affect you detrimentally.

(4) Joining the gym is the only way to lose weight– well, here we are not belittling the importance of gym exercises but let’s not make it the rule. There are many ways of exercise by which you can stay fit. Rather, in many cases, some of the gym exercises are harmful for certain people. People with joint problems and cardiac disease should exercise great caution while joining the gym. More than that, stipulated kind of exercises for weeks and months together reduce the interest. Instead, engaging ourselves in different types of exercises keep our motivations alive for longer (probably this is what we need the most). You can jog, swim, dance, or cycle your way to health!

  • Treatment Regimes for losing weight-

(1)Lose your weight homeopathically-

We homeopaths always stress the importance of homeopathic treatment for weight reduction. Here I am not advertising any patent homeopathic medicine for weight loss. We are talking about classical homeopathy. Does it help? Yes, it helps in lot more ways than we anticipate. The major reason why homeopathic medicines help in weight reduction is their ability to act on mind.

“Mind” plays a very crucial role in maintaining or enhancing your weight. It is mind that makes you stressed and you tend to eat more or less. It is the mind that makes you dull to start your exercise regime. It is mind that encourages you too to take the issue of obesity seriously and do something constructive about it.

And homeopathy helps in all these aspects to shape your mind and make it do what needs to be done. It is not exaggeration. Have seen absolutely lazy patients take up exercise regimes scrupulously once they are on constitutional homeopathic treatment, because of the ability of homeopathic remedies to act on higher planes. Same goes true for maintaining ideal diets.

The homeopathic medicine also helps the person to tide over the hormonal imbalances that contribute to excess weight. Therefore, when a patient of hypothyroidism and/or polycystic ovarian disease starts homeopathic treatment, the apparent edema on the body disappears gradually and makes the patient fitter to achieve his or her goals.

(2)Exercise-

As discussed above, there is no option to exercising your way to health. If someone tells you to follow a regimen that excludes exercise for weight loss, they are lying to you! Try to inculcate variations in your regime not to get bored and feel energetic for years to come. Adding this component to your day to day life is the most rewarding experience you can give your body, mind, and spirit. Couple it with relaxing techniques and your benefits get doubled!

Some auxiliary tips for losing weight-

  1. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of plain water per day
  2. Have enough fiber, for it will boost up bowel health and avoid constipation. Also it is one of the sure shot ways to delay ageing
  3. Recognize bodily deficiencies and seek natural supplementary help from an expert
  4. Eat frequent small meals (preferably 2 to 3 hourly)
  5. Be consistent in your regimens. To make that happen, set smaller goals and reward yourself when you accomplish them
  6. Some meditation techniques help a great deal in stabilizing one’s absurd eating behavior and providing the essential motivation to do your best
  7. Steer clear of the myths and don’t fall prey to heavy advertising of patent diet pills, unless you verify their authenticity via an expert

May the year 2011 bring lots of happiness, health and fitness for you to stay for life!