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6 Ways to MELT Belly Fat

Fat-free? Sugar-free? Tired of receiving mixed messages--take a look at Smart Fitness By Lisa's latest blog. She can get you started with some clean eating tips!

Do you feel confused about which foods are healthy? Fat-free? Low fat? Sugar-free?

How do you determine which foods are best for you? In my Interval Class last week, we discussed the best approach to losing belly fat. Let’s just get back to the basics with a few clean eating suggestions that can be easily worked into your daily diet—

1) Eat only whole foods. That means eating oatmeal and apples
instead of a bran muffin. Most of your food should come from a plant or animal source. Ask yourself when looking at your plate, “Did this come from a mother or
the ground?” If you see pasta—yes, even whole wheat pasta staring back at you, opt for trying complex carbohydrates like brown rice, sweet potatoes, or oat bran. 

2) Eat on a regular schedule. Try not to let more than three hours pass
without eating. Steady meal timing helps regulate your digestive system, blood sugar and insulin levels, and appetite.

3) Listen to your body. Eat just before you are hungry and stop when you’re full, meaning satisfied, not stuffed. Waiting until you are hungry can lead to poor food choices. 

4) Plan, plan, plan. Twice a week plan your clean eating meals for the week.  Plan all your meals including your snacks. When 3 p.m. rolls around, being
prepared with a snack that will regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels
will give you the energy to get through the rest of the day.

5) Water and more water. Don’t forget the benefits of drinking at least three liters of water each day. Many times you are feeling hungry, but just need to supply the body with water. 

6) Protein and Veggies. Most of your meals ought to include a lean source of protein such as egg whites, chicken, fish, or beef along with green cruciferous vegetables. Again, this helps to regulate your appetite and hormone levels. 

As busy, active adults, no matter how organized you are, you can’t be prepared for everything. Between the kid’s activities and late night meetings, it’s best to have your meals and snacks prepared ahead of time. If you need some additional motivation and clean eating recipes, check out the Oxygen and Clean Eating magazines. These periodicals help you stick to your goals. Not only will you have more control over your eating, you will have improved energy and even better- looking skin!

For more information about fitness, nutrition, and group/corporate instruction, view my Web site at SmartFitnessByLisa. For additional blogs, like my Facebook page!

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David Waterstone January 15, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Great advice, but misleading title. Perpetuating the myth of localized fat loss ("melt belly fat") is irresponsible, in my opinion.
Nicol Miller January 21, 2013 at 06:03 AM
A high protein breakfast can give you the perfect start to your day. Workout is very best way to melt your belly. Do at least 20 minutes workout every day. Get some more tips at http://www.etipstoloseweight.com Thanks!
Kathleen Reidy January 21, 2013 at 03:05 PM
The only healthy and cruelty free way to eat is the vegan way! Studies show that in groups of people that ate only non processed food and lived a vegan life style there were no heart attacks, hypertension or cancers. Watch Fork over knives for the real and only way to eat!
Lisa Walsh, SmartFitnessByLisa January 21, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Yes, losing fat does not occur in one area only. In overweight or obese individuals, most of the fat is localized to the belly, providing this is the case, fat loss usually will occur in this area first.
Lisa Walsh, SmartFitnessByLisa January 21, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Thanks for your comments, Kathy. Forks Over Knives is a great documentary to educate the public. I like to suggest that everyone needs to find the nutrition plan that works for them providing results of fat loss while stablizing hunger, energy, and cravings.

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