Big BellyWorried about fat? Where is it on your body? Fat under the skin is a cosmetic issue, not a health issue. It is the fat in the abdominal cavity, what we call the ‘belly fat’ that causes the most health issues. If you have a lot of excess fat around your waist, even if you are not overweight, then you need to get rid of it.

Contrary to what some 18 year old gym trainers may say, you cannot do crunches to rid yourself of the dangerous spare tire you are carrying around. But don’t worry, there are some simple proven steps anyone can do that specifically target the fat in the belly.

  1. Sugar is your enemy! Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages like the plague

Make a decision to minimize the amount of sugar in your diet, and say goodbye to those high sugar flavored coffees, “sports” drinks, and fruit juices.

  1. Protein will wave goodbye to belly fat

Make an effort to increase your intake of unprocessed eggs, fish, seafood, meats, poultry and dairy products. These are the best protein sources in the diet which can be the single most effective change you can do to fight against belly fat.

  1. Throw a going away party for carbs

Carb restriction is a very effective way to lose fat in the belly area. An added bonus is that a low-carb diet has many health benefits such as preventing type 2 diabetes. Put down the bagel and pick up the apple, your belly will thank you.

  1. Say hello to fiber, lots of fiber

Increasing your soluble dietary fiber may lead to reduced amounts of belly fat. The best way to get more fiber is to eat a lot of plant foods like vegetables and fruit and legumes.

  1. Head to the cardio section of the gym

Your gym teacher knew what he was doing when he made you run laps. Other than the plethora of other health benefits, exercise is very effective if you are trying to lose belly fat.

  1. Write it down

Keep track of what you are eating. Sometimes we think we are doing well when in reality we have plenty of room for improvement. There are many apps that easily help you keep track of your food intake so you can make adjustments as needed.