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Belly fat is generally a more dangerous fat than elsewhere in the body because, firstly it is more mobile and more likely to deposit in arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease and small blood vessel damage.

Secondly, it is also a strong indication that there is an increased fat surrounding our vital organs, such as the liver, abdominal organs and kidneys.

Although we can selectively lose fat around our belly by doing crunches or more core work, there are steps you can take to lose body fat overall, and here are my top three tips:

  1. Reduce your portion size – although we may eat healthy meals, large meals may still contain more energy than we require for our body to function, especially if you frequently eat out. A rough guide for weight loss is that meals should be about 1500 kilojoules and snacks around 500 kilojoules. You can work this out by entering what at you eat in an app called Australian Calorie Counter and find out exactly how much you are eating.
  2. Doing strength based training – this helps to build muscle mass, which not only gives you a more shapely figure, but directly works to burn more kilojoules with normal activities than when you have a low muscle mass. Cardio is NOT enough, and strength training should be the foundation of any exercise program.
  3. Watch the small, unhealthy snacks – snacks are important to even out your blood sugar levels throughout the day, however, fat snacks, such as chocolate, those 2-3 biscuits or 2 lattes throughout the day are surprisingly high in kilojoules and are hard to burn off in your everyday activities. Cutting down on these types of snacks may seem small, but can go a long way in losing your belly fat.

Do you have any other tips for cutting down on belly fat? Please share in the comments below.

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  • drink more water and have water at meals

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  • Fantastic tips! We have started eating our dinner (where possible) from smaller bowls instead of the larger dinner plates and its working well. I get full easily yet still feel I should be eating at least half the plate yet with the bowl I don’t get that guilt

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  • With a special occasion on the horizon, I’m trying to loose a bit around the mid section, without going overboard with a strict fad diet. I only have a little milk in my coffees, but it seems I might need to reduce my coffee intake to get the results I want.

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  • Stick to a plan and exercise at least
    2-3 times a week

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  • This is very wise advice. I think at times we eat just for the sake of it!

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  • Thank you. Tips worth thinking about.

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  • THANKS for your tips…Afraid I am guilty of all three.
    Need to work harder.

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  • I need to work on all of the above. Whilst I know that what you put in your mouth is the greatest contributor to my weight, I need to practice this better. PORTION SIZE I think is the single greatest problem for us and I’ve bought smaller bowls and plates to try and fix this.

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  • Great tips need to get back into exercising when I get the all clear from my OB. Losing my belly fat wasn’t easy after my first baby so hopefully it will be a little easier

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  • I have cut out all added sugar (no lollies, no softdrink, no energy drinks, no added sugar to hot drinks/porridge etc) in the last 3 weeks and I have lost 3 kgs. I have not done any extra exercise (if calling, sitting on the couch with the laptop is doing finger exercises) I am amazed. It has not been easy with all the naughty items in the house and at work, but I am happy with the results. And it had a lot to do with mouths of mum site to entice me to be healthy. Thank you all :)

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  • As an older mum, I don’t know what more I can do to lose this belly fat. I lost it all after all my children and am still in the right BMW but I know the extra fat I have is around my belly. I eat less that 1500c per day and walk about 12000 steps a day and do some exercise, but just can’t reduce the belly flab – and I don’t want to go the surgical route. What do you suggest?

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  • Good tips, especially in winter when it’s easy for the weight to creep on.

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  • I\’ve tried planking, i was surprised how you could really feel it using your core muscles. Need to get back on top of my exercise…or really, I just need to actually do some exercise lol

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  • this is what i am trying to doo at the moment, now my little girl is settled now to concerntrate on me

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  • this is exactly what i am attempting to do atm…hopefully these tips work for me too…they are great tips…thanks

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