5 best ways to blast belly fat

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The ‘soft’ fat on your belly (the fat directly under your skin – not the ‘beer-belly’ fat) is called ‘subcutaneous’ fat.

If you have this kind of fat you may not be happy about it, but it is the better of the two types. The hard fat that creates a beer gut (‘visceral’ fat) is less healthy because it is the fat that surrounds your organs and wreaks havoc inside your body.

Here are some strategies to get rid of your subcutaneous and visceral fat. If you follow these five strategies, you’ll lose fat from your belly as well as the rest of your body. These strategies will also help you lose excess fat around your organs.

1. Get onto a weight-loss diet (Obvious, I know!)

The first thing to do is the most obvious. You need to start losing weight. We all carry our excess fat in different places. As women age, many tend to carry excess weight around their belly.

The bad news is that there aren’t any diets that ‘target’ belly fat. But there are many healthy, effective diets that help you lose weight over your whole body, and therefore, over your tummy area.

Stop agonising over which diet to do. Identify three diets that you think will suit your lifestyle, and your needs. They must be healthy, and they must be realistic (Don’t go for ones which promise ridiculous results after a few days!).

Now pick one of the three and stick to it.

Because the big secret is that any diet that you stick to will work. The catch is that you have to be able to follow it over the long term. Make sure that you get your portion-sizing right, because even healthy or ‘diet’ food won’t help you if you’re eating too much of it.

2. Eat less fat

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If you’re trying to lose fat around your belly, then adding excess fat to your system is counter-productive.

Every competitive bodybuilder knows this. Yes, you might not be going for a super toned six-pack, but bodybuilders have it right when it comes to their diet. When training for a competition, they stick to meat and veg.

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