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What’s the best way to get rid of belly fat?

What is the best way to get rid of belly fat? That is the million dollar question.

The quickest way to get rid of belly fat is to lose weight. There isn’t a single exercise, or food you can eat, or food you must stop eating that will remove belly fat more reliably than losing weight.

When you lose weight, however, it’s not just going to come off of your belly. The loss may be more noticeable to you in your face, your breasts or something silly like your wrists and fingers. Your rings are loose, but your waistband is still seems snug.

Well, there is good news. You may not notice your belly is getting smaller, but inside your body where you can’t see the reduction of fat, you’re losing the most dangerous kind of fat. When you create a calorie deficit by eating less and exercising more, you’re burning fat and you’ll lose that harmful deep-belly fat first.

The deep belly fat is metabolically active and that both makes it a threat to your health and vulnerable to loss. While your concern is to lose belly fat because it’s healthier and it makes you look better, you may not feel as though you’re successful because the loss of belly blubber seems imperceptible. Maybe your waistband seems a little less tight, but the belly still bulges below it.

The belly blubber you can see and you hate is subcutaneous fat. It’s stubborn and harder to lose. Subcutaneous fat is the fat you hate because it’s so visible and we’re conditioned to believe it’s unsightly. You hate it but it doesn’t present the same health risks as the deep, visceral fat.

Your body doesn’t care about conforming to society’s ideal of a perfect body. It has its own ideas about perfection and nothing is more perfect than staying alive. Your body holds on to its subcutaneous fat in case there’s a famine, an emergency or, in the case of women, childbearing.

Subcutaneous fat is the kind you can grab. It covers up your abs of steel and can be the bane of your existence because it’s stubborn and hard to remove.

Losing weight will result in loss of some belly fat. Belly fat loss is enhanced by a targeted weight loss plan for your specific kind and reason for belly fat. This especially applies to women.

Men’s and women’s belly fat will shrink by:

Riding in Cars with Chips!

I spent 3 1/2 hours in a car with an open three pound bag of my favorite potato chips on the seat beside me. I only ate a single one-ounce serving!

You may read this and think, “so what?” For many it may be a “so what” and no need to celebrate, but that’s not the case for me. Let me explain where I came from and how I got to what for me, is quite a fantastic feat.

Chips were what is commonly called in weight loss vernacular a “red-light” food for me. In other words it was one of many foods that I abused by overeating. Remember the potato chip ad that used to caution these chips were so good nobody could eat just one? Well, I guess I grew up believing that my potato chip habit was justifiable and shared by the entire American population.

I blamed the chips for my inability to eat them responsibly. I would say, “if I start eating them I can’t stop until the whole bag is gone, no matter how large the whole bag may be.” Pretty much every time I ate chips, that was the self-talk going through my mind. When the bag was empty I felt miserable that I had consumed its entirety, but felt some small comfort knowing that it wasn’t really my fault; it was the chips’ fault.

I would struggle to just stay away from them altogether and that didn’t work either. I would give in and soon as I did – the bag was emptied in a mad, potato chip-feeding frenzy! I finally came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to chose between my weight goal and chips .

I needed a plan to allow me to have both. So I started by changing my self-talk from “once I start, I can’t stop,” to “I want to eat a single serving and work it into my food plan.” Then I picked up a bag to read the nutritional facts posted on the back. A serving was about 14 chips and 150 calories. I took 14 chips and put them in a bowl and ate them slowly, one-by-one, savoring the crunch, the saltiness, and the exquisite fried potato flavor. When the last chip was eaten I was thinking, “those were good; gimme more.”

Do you know how easy it would have then been to say to myself, “I’m having more and it’s not my fault. I can’t help it.  I knew when I started eating those chips I wouldn’t be able to stop!” My plan, however, called for me to change my self talk. The new message was, “I can have them if I want them, but do I really want them? Will another serving taste better than the serving I just ate? Do I want to spend more than 150 calories on chips today? What would I have to give up to eat the rest of the bag? Is it worth sacrificing my weight loss progress for more chips?”

I’m not going to tell you it was easy to keep the bag closed at first because it wasn’t. But, WOW! It sure made me feel good and it sure made me feel strong. Eventually I got to the point where I could ride in a car, by myself, with an open bag within reach and eat only one ounce. The “by myself” is significant too, because in days past I used to subscribe to the “if nobody saw me eat it, then I must not have really eaten it, right?” school of thought.

One day riding in cars with chips and eating a single serving may not be such a big deal to me anymore. Today it is and I’m going to celebrate the victory every time!