You can definitely get rid of unwanted fat in your belly and everywhere else in your body without ruining your life or eating a single rice cake: Just follow this simple advice—and you’ll see yourself shed the weight fast.
You might even be surprised by how easy some of these tips are to follow:
1. Always Eat a Big Breakfast
No more Honey Bunches of Oats—you want some protein and fat. Scrambled eggs and a few sausage links will keep you fuller longer than a blueberry muffin.
2. Eat More!
We’re talking three good snacks and three healthful meals. But what do you serve during your weekend marathon of The Real Housewives of Atlanta if you can’t have chips and dip? Mixed nuts—especially almonds—will satisfy your craving for something crunchy while helping to build a lean frame.
3. Just Say No to Starches
Foods like pasta, white bread, and potatoes make you fat. If you must have pasta, make yours whole-wheat. Same goes for bread, and swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Just don’t eat too much!
4. Lift Weights
Yes, you have to hit the gym (or if you can crash your partner’s man cave), and no, lifting glasses of mojitos during happy hour doesn’t count. The muscles you build will not only improve your performance, they’ll stoke your metabolism so you burn calories long after your workout is over.
5. Think Before You Eat
Don’t just stuff your face with the stale cookies left over from the holidays, eat what tastes good and what’s good for you. Take your time eating; you’ll stay fuller longer.
6. But Have Fun Once in a While—or Once a Week
Stifle those cravings for too long, and you’ll be miserable and might fall off your new plan forever. Just splurge reasonably—two slices of pizza, not the whole thing.
7. Go Low-Carb
It’s the easiest way to drop weight fast. The cravings are hard at first, but it gets easier—especially when you see the results.
8. Run Intervals
It’s easier to alternate between hard and easy running instead of going for a long run—especially if you don’t like running. Plus, you’ll be done faster and burn more fat.
9. Never, Ever Drink Sweetened Soda
But go ahead, have a glass of wine now and then.
10. Don’t Fear Fat
It makes you feel full, helps control your appetite, and your body needs it. Of course, some fat is good while others are bad. Avocado, salmon, olive oil and nuts are good for you while fast food, processed food—pretty much any food that comes pre-made in a package is not good for you.