10 changes you need to make to lose stubborn belly fat

by Jamie Kibbe
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I understand how annoying and frustrating it can be when you check the mirror every morning and all you can see is your tummy protruding out of your cloth.
And of course you’ve tried fat burning remedies like slimming teas/green teas, fat burning pills, several fat burning mixtures and of course dedication to your daily exercise routines but instead of seeing positive results, all you get is the opposite of what you hope to get.
Well, let me break it to you now, it takes the right workouts and Fat burning remedies to melt that stubborn belly fat.
I noticed that most people who were trying to burn fat were doing everything all wrong and I’ve been a victim too at one point.
But now, I know better.
I decided to find out why belly fats weren’t melting after so much effort and now I’ll be sharing with you 10 things I found out that prevents your belly fats from burning.

CONSUMPTION OF FOOD

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The kind of food you eat and when you eat them matters greatly when you’re trying to burn belly fats.
For example, eating pizza every day after your workouts and then you expect to see changes when what you’ve done is replace the calories you burned during your workouts.
Another is eating very late at night while you’re trying to burn your belly fat.
Doing that will only get you extra fat because the food won’t digest well.
Many people also think that the best way to burn stubborn belly fat is by starving themselves.
You just can’t expect your body to adapt to that kind of change overnight; you have to take it one step at a time.
I found out that 55% of those trying to burn fat actually adopted this method and after they’ve starved themselves too much, they become very hungry, weak and can hardly concentrate because the body isn’t used to that kind of change.
Doing this will only make you eat too much because most of the food stored as the body energy has been used up.
If you’re worried about consuming too many calories, then you can make use of the calculator used for measuring calories in foods.
This will help you know the number of calories you can consume in order to lose your belly fat.
A good example of an app that helps to calculate calories is my fitness pal.

PROCESSED FOODS

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If you want to burn belly fat, then you must restrain from eating processed foods like candy, beverages such as soft drinks, potato chips, most fast food, sugary cereals, and canned foods.
They’re all junk food which is very bad for your body.
When you want to buy your foods from any store or from the market, make sure you read the ingredients on the label before buying the product because most times the ingredients used to make those products are fatty.
You can always bake your bread at home or buy from a local bakery.
When choosing foods like rice, cereals, pasta, always go for the whole grain option.
Another thing is buying your foods from the local farmer’s market.
Some of the natural foods I opted for after forsaking the junk foods are:
Fruits, vegetables, Dairy products like egg and cheese, unsweetened yogurt and skinned milk, wheat, naturally sweetened tea and coffee, seafood etc.

WRONG WORKOUT ROUTINES

If you think jumping or jogging from street to another is the solution to burning belly fat then you’ve got it all wrong.
Let me tell you a secret, everybody has his or her own abs but we don’t know that because it has been disguised as fat.
All you need to do is burn that fat with the right workouts.
Most people think weightlifting, especially for women, will only make you muscular but I can tell you that is not true.
In fact weight lifting helps to burn belly fat faster and will also help to build your metabolism.
Some other workouts for losing belly fats are; Squat, deadlifts, sit-ups, rows, and presses but then they must be done carefully and at the right time and pace so you won’t get injured.

EXCESS SUGAR CONSUMPTION

You can’t pour two tablespoons of sugar into your coffee every day and expect that you’ll lose your belly fat.
I’m not telling you to stop taking sugar or sugary products overnight but if you’re very much interested in burning those fats, you really have to reduce your sugar intake.
You can substitute it with naturally sweet fruits like orange, pineapple etc.
Sugar is divided into glucose and Fructose.
They’re both good for the body but when it is too much, it does more harm than good especially glucose.
Most starchy foods convert to glucose and they’re mostly carbohydrate.
Examples of starchy foods are Bread, Rice, Potatoes, Pasta, and Cereal; these are few of the foods that convert to glucose after consumption.
Most foods that convert to fructose are fruits which are better than glucose.

CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE

If you keep working out yet you consume foods that are very high in carbohydrate then you won’t see the effects of your workouts.
Reduce your carbohydrate which is usually high in calorie, then you increase your chances of burning your stubborn belly fats.

PROTEIN CONSUMPTION

Most times when we’re trying to burn fat, we reduce our carbohydrate intake which is very good but many people also think that reducing their protein intake too will help with losing belly fat but that is not true.
Protein is the best thing to consume during this period, though the main point of melting belly fat is reducing calories which of course are in protein the calories in protein is exactly what you need in burning belly fat.

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

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Most people trying to get rid of stubborn belly fat thinks consuming alcohol especially vodka and spirits is the best way to melt it.
The alcohol is stored in your body as fat and does more harm to you than good.
Apart from the fact that it multiplies your belly fats, it can also cause kidney failure, liver failure and failure of other vital organs in your body.

EXCESS SODIUM INTAKE

Sodium doesn’t make you have belly fat but too much of it can make you retain more water than necessary in your body and can also make you feel bloated thereby making your tummy look bigger, you know why? There’s too much gas in your tummy.
Sodium can also make you hypertensive because it increases your blood pressure.
Some other foods that are very high in sodium include bread, canned foods, cheeses, cereals, processed meats, sauces, and packaged foods.

LACK OF SLEEP

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Most times when you don’t sleep, you are paving way for more belly fat because you eat more.
So far, sleep has also been proven to make you less hungry, decrease daytime stress levels, and increase the body’s ability to burn calories and actually increase muscle mass.

PATIENCE

I have seen several people give up on losing belly fat all because they think the changes are going to happen overnight.
Losing belly fat takes a little bit of time and consistency, isn’t that why it is called ‘stubborn belly fat’.
The changes start from your neck before it comes down to your belly that’s why it takes time for you to see the changes.

CONCLUSION

There is no magic pill to losing belly fat. I am sorry. It takes time and consistency. If you make the changes I have mentioned above and try them every day, you’ll be amazed at the outcome of your efforts, patience, and consistency.
No one said it’s going to be easy but it’s worth the effort.

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