(Closed) belly fat

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What are you snacking on?  I try to have good snacks around so I can eat during the day but I don’t eat junk like cookies, candies, etc.

Post # 4
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2410 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think if you use sparkpeople, caloriecount or thedailyplate to log your food, including the snacks you will be shocked by how many empty calories you are consuming. Just going through that process has a massive psychological effect on you when deciding what to snack on.

My favourite thing to graze on even though I am not much of a snacker is strawberries. They tend to have around 5-8 calories. Awesome.

 

Post # 5
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1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Snacking is a good thing…when done in moderation and with the right foods. Try to keep your desk stocked with some healthy snacks like almonds, brown rice cakes and peanut butter (my favourite snack of the moment is a brown rice cake with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon raisin peanut butter and half a sliced banana on top). Mixing a complex carb with a protein will keep you full longer.

Also, if you cut out the Smartones/Lean Cuisines you might see a difference. Those meals are extremely high in sodium and can cause some serious water retention.

Good luck — I know those work snacks can be hard to resist!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would say watch what type of snacking you do and it depends on what your workout regime as well. Watch out for empty carbs and mix up your workouts to keep your metabolism going.

Post # 8
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

One way to keep yourself from snacking is to occupy your mouth with other things.  Try drinking water consantly and chewing gum.

Post # 10
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690 posts
Busy bee

I recommend checking out the ‘belly fat diet’.  I’ve never tried using the full diet (or know if its any good!), but its good to steal a few ideas from.  Pretty much, you will have a flatter stomach if you limit simple carbs, and eat good fats.  if you’re close to your ideal weight, switching up your foods a tad might help you get a flatter stomach. 

Personally, when I limit unhealthy goods, and incorporate lots of protein and healthy fats (such as nuts) my stomach looks a LOT better.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

A couple things will really help overall:

1) Record your sodium contents for a few days. You may get way too much, which causes bloat. 

2) Skip the Lean Cuisines and other artificial foods. Those not only cause bloat (usually due to high amounts of sodium), they also increase your appetite and aren’t healthy overall. 

3) Eat more for breakfast. Try adding a little protein, even if it’s just one egg or half a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter. 

4) Cut down on the sugar and refined carbs. If you eat more whole grains and fruits and veggies instead of rice cakes, etc, you’ll notice the bloat go down. 

Hope that helps!

Post # 13
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was just going to say what lilyfaith said 🙂 It may not really be belly fat. It’s probably just belly bloat from all of the sodium you’re taking in from the smartones, LCs and chips. If you cut your sodium down you should see a significant difference.

Post # 14
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1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with MissAsB keeping your mouth occupied will help. Also when you work out do some leg lifts, sit ups, and other core work outs. Running will help a lot also. Or taking advantage of the nice weather we’ve got and going for jogs/walks. 

Let us know how it goes! Good luck!

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