By Andrew Wilson
Take time to enjoy your food rather than grabbing a quick TV dinner in front of your favorite show. Cooking your own food rather than relying on processed meals will help you to lose pounds. Taking your time and savoring every mouthful will help you to lose weight as well as you are far more likely to stop eating when you are full rather than just finishing what is on your plate.
Drink plenty of water as our brains often confuse hunger with thirst. If you have recently eaten but still feel hungry try drinking a glass of non carbonated filtered water. You will often find that the "hunger pangs" go away as you quench your thirst. Don't drink a lot with your meals though as the water will dilute the digestive juices, slowing down the whole digestion process and causing waste retention which can lead to gas and bloating.
Tip: It's common knowledge that drinking water makes weight loss easier. However, not many people know that drinking cold water will increase your metabolism faster.
Steer clear of empty calories when trying to lose stomach fat. These are found in alcohol and fizzy drinks. They have no nutritional value and will play havoc with your plan for firm abs. Having some self control and learning to say no to some of your favorite foods will help you lose tummy fat. We can all fall in bad habits such as having biscuits every time we have a cup of tea. Cutting out these small snacks will help to reduce your overall calorie intake and thus help you to drop pounds.
But all of the above is worthless unless you start increasing the amount of physical activity you do. You need to take up weight training in order to firm up those abs. You need to increase the amount of aerobic exercise as well to increase your overall fitness level but also to help you tone up your whole body and not just the belly area.
Speak to the trainer in your local gym about the areas of your body that you particularly want to change and he will help you to develop a workout to target these. Given some time and motivation you will find that the natural way to lose belly fat is the best albeit it might not be the quickest!