by Hara Hagikalfa

Although losing belly fat is among the most difficult aspects of weight loss, by following the proper diet and exercise routine it is possible to lose belly fat in 2 weeks. All you have to do is be consistent in your efforts and follow healthy guidelines.

1. Stay away from junk food

When you are in a rush and want to eat something you find that fast food is the ideal solution. While this will fight your hunger quickly it is not very good if you want to lose your belly fat or weight. So, if you are serious about your efforts to burn fat you need to stay away from fast food and from food that is fried and full of saturated fats. Keep your distance from red meat and eat fish, red tuna and generally food that is low in fat.

2. Fiber is your friend

Fiber can help you in many ways. When you eat foods with fiber your appetite is reduced because fiber helps you fight hunger for a lot of time. Fiber can be found is big quantities in fruits and vegetables so try for 2 weeks to replace other food with fresh, green fruits and boiled (or fresh) vegetables.

3. Eat less than you used to

To reverse a situation with your weight or fat you need to eat less food than you are used to. This is the only way to get rid of the extra pounds. If for example you are currently consuming 3000 calories per day then you can reduce the calorie intake to 2200 calories per day. This saving of 800 calories will help you lose 1 pound every 3 days (1 pound is aprx 3500 calories).

4. Metabolism does matter

Metabolism is how fast or slow your body is able to burn calories and fat. The greater the metabolism the easier will be for you to lose weight. There are two ways to increase your metabolism. The first way is by eating regular meals every 3-4 hours. This means that you should eat a good breakfast and then after 2-3 hours a fresh fruit, after 2-3 hours you can have a salad for lunch and then a low fat snack in the afternoon and dinner.

It is important that you do not skip any meals and also that you keep a fixed schedule for your meals. By a fixed schedule we mean that you should eat the same time every day. This will help you body establish a routine that will accelerate your metabolism. The second way to boost your metabolism is through regular exercise.

People who exercise and are fit find it easier to maintain their normal weight. Try to exercise regularly on a weekly basis for at least 20 minutes per day. For better results you can combine different forms of exercise i.e. cardio exercises and weight training.

5. Beware of dehydration

When you want to lose weight quickly as in 2 weeks the first thing your body will get rid off is liquid (mainly water). By losing water weight you run into the risk of dehydration especially if you follow a strict diet. To protect yourself from this you should drink at least 6 glasses of water per day. This is essential and vital in order to maintain a healthy body.

If you find it difficult to keep up with drinking water you can carry with you a small bottle of water so as to remind yourself that you need to drink water. Finally do not confuse other drinks with water. If you drink juices and coffees during the day this does not mean that you are drinking water. You should try and drink the required amount of pure, fresh water.

When you enter a routine for losing belly fat in 2 weeks you need to have in mind that what you will do in these 2 weeks are steps to help you get a kick start with your weight loss. For sure two weeks are not enough to solve your fat problems especially in the belly area. Fat loss takes time and needs consistency and hard work.

For long lasting results you should aim for lifestyle changes that will include the steps described above as well as changes to the way you think, sleep, rest and stress levels. Set your goals and work until you achieve your goals. Visualize your new self without the extra fat and if you believe it enough you will make it.

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