Abdominal fat, or the belly fat as is commonly called, not only looks unsightly, it also increases health risks associated with many serious illnesses, such as insulin resistance syndrome, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, and even some types of cancers. If you have excess belly fat, you would almost invariably be overweight/obese too. So, healthy weight loss is the best solution to losing belly fat.

But first you must realize that you can't choose in what location order you lose body fat. Your genes and other factors of your make-up choose that for you. All you can do is make sure you lose body fat and eventually your belly fat will have its turn to undergo reduction. Losing weight is actually just a matter of burning more calories than you consume. So as long as you consistently consume less calories than you are using each day, you will continue to lose fat until you lose belly fat.

You should take note that it is always important to consult with your doctor before beginning a weight loss program. Proper belly fat loss will require that you exercise more and eat less. You may wish to consult with a professional trainer as well, to make sure you focus on exercises that will truly help you. For example, many amateurs start off thinking that all they have to do is crunches and sit-ups and their belly fat will soon be gone. Unfortunately, your abdominal muscles are small and no matter how hard you work them out they will not burn fat quickly. If these people had consulted a professional trainer, they would have been put on exercises to work larger muscles with larger amounts of weight, burning more calories with less side-effects and effort.

Here are five additional steps you can take to help you lose body fat:

1. Eat Regularly
You need to eat regular meals. If you don't eat regularly, your metabolism will slow down and it will become very difficult to lose belly fat.

2. Carefully Choose Foods and Drinks
At least half of the food you eat should be natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, legumes, and nuts. The rest should be made up mostly of whole grain products such as whole wheat bread. Don't drink any sodas, diet or otherwise. Water is really the only thing you should drink regularly.

3. Don't Eat Close to Bedtime
You need at least four hours to digest your food before you lay down at night. Let your body rest while you sleep.

4. Exercise Regularly
Do whatever kind of exercise you think you can keep to consistently over the rest of your life. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 4 days per week.

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