Monday, May 19, 2008

The 3 Keys To Lose Belly Fat Fast

Isn't it about time you lose that flabby stomach?! Not only is it unsightly, it's also unhealthy. In this article I discuss my 3 top diet tips to lose belly fat fast!

Some people assume all they have to do to get rid of the spare tyre by spending time each day doing hundreds of sit-ups and ab crunches. This my friends is not the way forward. You can train your stomach muscles until the cows come home but if you have a large lump of fat covering them no-one will see them! It is time to focus on your diet, that is the key to lose belly fat fast. So let me discuss 3 modifications to your diet which will help shed the excess fat and show off your new slim-lined stomach!

1. Drink plenty of water and green tea.

People assume that drinking a lot of water will make them look and feel bloated. In fact the reverse is true - when you start to drink the appropriate amount of water your body will more efficiently flush out toxins. Excess sodium in particular has been cited as a primary cause of the bloated look, this is flushed out when water intake is increased. Make sure you aim to drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water per day, this will make your body far better equipped to lose belly fat fast. Make sure you avoid beverages that have caffeine, alcohol or sodium in them. Caffeine and alcohol in particular are natural diuretics and thus increase fluid loss promoting dehydration. Ideally limit yourself to water and green tea. Green tea is particularly rich in a type of polyphenols called catechins. Studies have show that these substances may affect body fat accumulation and cholesterol levels.

2. Eat enough fibre.

To help lose belly fat fast and show off firm, sexy abs, aim to eat at least 25 grams of fiber daily. Fibre is the indigestible part of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods and acts as a sponge when it combines with water in your digestive tract cleansing your intestines and helping food move through the body more quickly and efficiently. Fibre rich foods also make you feel fuller on fewer calories helping you avoid the normal cravings associated with low fat diets. For optimum results you should increase your fiber intake slowly over the course of a month to avoid excess gas. Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep food moving through your system as quickly as possible.

3. Eat more lean protein.

An important goal in the management of obesity is to reduce excess body fat while minimizing the loss of lean tissue. A high-protein diet results in a greater loss of body fat and greater retention of lean body mass than a traditional weight loss diet. Protein helps build, maintain and repair muscle tissue and the more lean muscle tissue you have, the higher your metabolism and the more fat you will burn - even whilst doing nothing. Protein also requires twice as much energy to process as fat or carbohydrates, thus your body uses up more calories. It is therefore essential to increase your protein intake if you are serious in your quest to lose belly fat fast.

If you combine these three ideas into your current nutrition program you will gradually notice your body begins to get rid of the spare tyre around your belly. Of course, you can't forget about fitness entirely and a complete program coming both diet and exercise is the most effective way to lose belly fat fast and forever.

Good luck in achieving your weight loss goals and be sure to check out my 7 Secrets To Fat-loss which lifts the lid on the mysteries of fat-loss fast.

Daniel Depp is a health and fitness fanatic. He is a former professional athlete who, since retiring found himself over-eating and piling on weight. He decided that enough was enough and embarked on a mission to gather as much information about weight-loss and fitness as he possibly could and then implement these in his own life. He has since lost over 20 pounds of body fat, lives a healthy and vibrant lifestyle and is committed to helping others do the same. Visit his website at Lose Belly Fat Fast to get more in depth advice on weight-loss, diets, fitness training and general wellness.


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