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NEW!! Tips on how to Lose Unwanted Belly Fat: Part A

by Princess Harris, Sports Model, Fitness Consultant

So many people find it hard to lose those “love handles” or what we all know as belly Fat. Just like losing weight or building muscle it takes hard work, dedication, and commitment. the first thing one needs to remember when trying to lose belly fat is to avoid eating late at night. This is a problem because after a late night snack there isn’t much activity afterwords and most people go to bed – which will cause high sugar levels in the blood stream and not much energy spent after that – And a fluctuations in blood sugar causes an increase in ones appetite that will simply turn into belly fat.

Rid yourself of Sugar/Saturated Fat and Junk food
Like they say, “you are what you eat,” so don’t eat junk. The problem with junk food and sugar is that its considered to be the greatestcause of belly fat. The best way to wing yourself off of junk is to not buy it or keep it in your House. This is true because if you do not have these bad food lying around, you will not think about it and after sometime the habits will be broken.

Identify the Good Carbs/Bad Carbs
While the consumption of carbohydrate is essential – Refined flours created by foods such as white bread, cakes, and pasta should be avoided. Instead, incorporate good carbs such as, vegetables and fresh fruit. Other good carbs that should be incorporated and are beneficial to ones diet are oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes. However, a dieter that consumes most of their carbs from fruits and vegetables as opposed to refined flours are usually healthier.

Exercise/Exercise/Exercise/Exercise which is essential to burning belly fat. While some people don’t work out at all – some may workout 1 or 2 days per week and feel as if that is sufficient enough to reach a balanced health and fit lifestyle. The truth is – you should be exercising at least 5-7 times per week.This does not have to be done in a fitness center or gym- a sprint or a walk makes no difference, so long as you do the work. The key is to find a physical activity that you love and do it. In a later article I will discuss exercises that works best for targeted areas but for now the main thing to remember is that there is no single good exercise to lose your belly fat – what I find to be most important is that you exercise on a regular basis and try to burn as many calories as you can.

NEW!! Getting healthy and fit and staying that way

Princess Harris, is a Bahamian-American Actress, Health and Fitness Consultant and Sports Fitness Model based in New York City. Princess is on a mission to inform, educate and encourage a healthy and wholesome lifestyle, and each week will show you how you can be healthy and enjoy it.
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As a Sports Fitness Model, I have worked with some of the top fitness nutritionists, photographers, Directors and Magazines..such as P90X, Cardio Karate, Urban Rebounding, Oxygen, Women Health, and Lovate to name a few. Join me, as I share my personal tips, routines and even ‘tricks’:) to help you on your journey in getting AND keeping that ‘vacation’ body, and having fun while doing it.

The most important quality one must have in order to achieving Health and Fitness is dedication. Health and fitness is a lifestyle that can only be attained through hard work. There are no short cuts to success and it all starts with having a proper diet regimen.

A proper diet is one that consists of healthier choices, smarter preparation, and a balance of Protein, Vegetables, and Good Carbohydrates. A healthier choice consists of little to NO white flour and foods from sealed cans and having natural foods I.e. fruits, vegetables and nuts that are unsalted. One should consume little to no salt and sugar, as salt causing bloating and sugar turns into fat, as well as other medical issues.

Smarter food preparations consist of Grilled/Baked/Broiled/Steamed vs. Fried. One of the primary reasons people gain weight is due to a lack of portion control. To lose one pound -one must burn 3500 calories over and above what you already burn doing normal activities. Portion control is important because your stomach is the size of your fist, so you should not expect to stuff 10 times that amount of food into it without negative consequences.

Another important aspect of healthier living is a consistent workout program.

One should exercise 4-5 times a week minimum consisting of at least 30 minutes of cardio each day and calisthenics.This should include working different muscle groups, such as lower body (hamstrings/quads/calves) and on opposite days upper body, (chest/biceps/back) splitting the workouts in groups and breaking down each muscle with different exercises.

In essence, you should change from ‘eating whenever you can and exercising only when you must… to eating only when you must and exercising whenever you can’. As it is evident that I live and breathe health and fitness – I get greater satisfaction motivating, educating, and inspiring others to live a healthier and fit lifestyle.

Stay tuned each week, for more on developing and maintaining this ‘new’ you….feel free to leave comments, ask questions and share progress….

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