How to Reduce Belly Fat and Tighten Loose Skin

September 30, 2011

If you’re struggling with a spare tire around your midsection, it’s probably important for you to reduce belly fat and tighten loose skin. Once you lose the excess weight off your stomach, your health and self-esteem will improve!

Many people find it increasingly difficult to lose stomach weight, especially as they age. Men with waists larger than 40 inches and women with waists larger than 35 inches have an increased risk of heart disease.

To reduce belly fat and tighten loose skin, follow the steps below.

Choose a healthy eating plan; be sure to find one that will fit your lifestyle, does not promise major weight loss quickly or cuts out major food groups.

This won’t be a short term diet, this is an eating plan you can use for life!

Reduce calories with smaller portions but be sure to eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, lean protein such as turkey, eggs and fish, whole grains such as oatmeal and brown rice and low fat dairy. Restrict simple carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta, cut out processed food, sugary treats, soda and juices.

Eat little and often by having three meals and two snacks a day. Keep your metabolism up and don’t skip meals. Skipping meals forces your body to go into starvation mode and hang onto every last nutrient.

Lose belly fat by going on a low carbohydrate diet for a few weeks. Keep in mind that a high protein diet will help you burn fat instead of muscle.

Gradually increase carbohydrate intake after your belly fat has shrunk by a few inches. When increasing carbohydrates, be sure to eat plenty of complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables.

Pot belly, love handles, spare tire or just plain old belly fat, whatever you call it, you want to reduce it. However, you must keep in mind that, unfortunately, you can’t lose weight in a specific area. You have to take an overall body approach to losing weight and toning up.

Get in an exercise work-out four to five times a week to lose belly fat and tighten loose skin. It’s important to do cardio exercise and weight lifting a couple times a week to increase muscle tone to tighten loose skin.

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