How to Burn Fat in the Midsection

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It's a common misconception that belly fat is the hardest to get rid of, especially in menopausal women. Many women believe that in order to burn belly fat, they have to lose weight with diet pills. But it's very easy to get rid of belly fat whether you've gained weight due to pregnancy, menopause or overindulgence. The key is to incorporate a total body workout along with a fat-burning diet. Your diet plays a key role in whether you burn belly fat. If you eat the wrong foods, you will continue to have stubborn belly fat.

Things You'll Need

  • Grocery list
  • Go grocery shopping once a week (on a weekend when you're not hungry, because you're more likely to make poor food choices if you shop during hunger). Have a grocery list when you go. Your list should contain the following items: honey flavored, fat-free Greek yogurt; fresh organic baby spinach; lettuce; tomatoes; onions; low-fat dressing (your favorite kind); canned salmon; Egg Beaters; Pam cooking spray; 1percent milk; low-fat cheese; fresh-cut pineapple; raspberries; blueberries; apples; oranges; strawberries; legumes; low-fat, sodium-free soups; a case of spring water; and lean ground turkey.

  • Curb your carbohydrate intake and drink water. If you notice, carbs--the bad carbs--are not on your shopping list. The quickest way to burn fat in the midsection is to remove simple carbs like bread and sugar from the diet and replace those with complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates keep you full longer. By being full longer, you won't crash and burn and start the binge cycle as you would if you were eating simple carbs. You'll also need to increase your water intake. Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day. Drink 2 glasses of water before you sit down and eat each meal. This will fill you up and make you less prone to overeat.

  • Use the StairMaster or treadmill. Any sustained aerobic exercise (20 minutes or longer) will burn fat. So it doesn't matter if you use a treadmill or a StairMaster; you're still going to burn fat. In order to burn fat in the midsection, you have to burn fat overall. It's anatomically impossible to lose weight only in one area of the body. However, once you begin losing weight all around through low-fat diet and aerobics, you can then specifically target the areas you want to tone. In this instance, we'll focus on the midsection.

  • Do core exercises. The core of the body is considered to be the mid section, back, chest and pelvis. Focusing on the entire core section will help to tone and define your midsection as you keep your body strong and in alignment. Consult a personal trainer or join an core class at your local gym.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always seek medical advice from your doctor before starting any diet and exercise program.

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