Whenever I start researching weight loss strategies, I get bombarded with ads for so many different ways to burn belly fat quickly. It sounds great, and I definitely want to achieve exactly that, but the sad reality is that there is no way to spot reduce fat on your body.

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s all a myth. You can’t lose fat in just ONE area of your body.

I’m not going to be able to do 100 crunches a day and magically have a six pack. I may have awesome ab muscles from the core exercises, but they will still be buried under a pile of fat.

So how am I supposed to get rid of this excess fat?

You want the simple answer? Eat fewer calories than you burn.

Yeah, I know, we don’t want to count calories. But that is the basic way for our body to burn the excess fat.

I know I have been guilty of slacking on the work that I have to do to burn my excess body fat, but once you know better, you do better, right?

Check out these tips for getting started with kicking the fat!

Start small.

Try drinking a glass of water before each meal so you are less likely to consume as much. And take a few extra moments to sort your snacks into portion-sized storage bags to reduce your chances of overindulging.

Consider picking four habits or goals, and spend one week out of the month focusing on that one goal. Then add a second goal or habit the next week. And by the end of the month you will have hit four goals that will bring you closer to your ideal weight or body shape.

Get some rest.

How many times have you heard that proper rest will aide in better body functions. That includes fat burning! So go ahead and count backwards from your wake up time to make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

Increase  strength training.

I have heard from so many trainers that “cardio is king” for melting fat off your body. And that may be true, but for long-term results that will make your body a real fat-burning machine, strength training is the way to go. Strong muscles will burn more calories for a longer period of time after your workout is complete. Plus, when the fat DOES melt off, you’ll be left with a strong, sculpted physique.

Stop being so hard on yourself.

This is, hands down, the biggest tip I can give. At the end of the day, we have to love ourselves at every shape, size, and weight. Without that mental shift toward loving yourself, no amount of weight loss or fat loss will be enough to make you feel good. Tell yourself “You are Beautiful” everyday!

Do you have any suggestions for battling the weight loss myths we see around us constantly?

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