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How To Get Rid Of Belly Fat In 7 Easy Steps

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Happy Saturday from your  Fitness St Pete Personal Trainers & Weight Loss Experts !

Here at Fitness St Pete I Tierra Verde Fitness and over the previous 20 years  with Custom Bodies, people come flooding into our  St Pete boot camp group fitness  training  and private training programs with the overwhelming desire to “lose belly fat” or “get toned abs”. … especially during this time of year as pool beach and boat time doubles and we spend more time in skin bearing clothes and bathing suits.


If you are like most men and women  over 40, getting rid of belly fat seems may seem  like an  impossibility. You may have even resigned yourself to it because of 

“hormones” or “your metabolism”. As a woman over 40 myself, I’m here to tell you, it is not only possible but is much easier than you think. Follow these tips, toss away these myths and I guarantee a flat, toned stomach you are proud of !

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1. Pack in the Protein: 

Not only does Protein help to add body sculpting, butt lifting, metabolism boosting muscle,  it helps you to feel fuller at each meal and helps to curb hunger. Our clients generally eat 20-30% of their daily calories from protein a day.


Eat a protein source at EVERY meal and try to incorporate some into snacks.


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2. Ditch the boxed and pre packed foods (yes, even “diet” foods):

They are often loaded with chemicals

and preservatives which can wreak havoc with your fat loss efforts, and are full of salt which causes bloat and puffiness.


It’s not about the calories but how your body stores them.


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3. Don’t starve yourself  :

You can flatten your stomach and drop a full dress sizes in 3 or 4 weeks  without taking drastic measures like low calorie diets or crazy 6 day a week fitness programs. Group members like Pattie have dropped 10 pounds in 2 weeks when they learn how to eat smarter not less and train smarter not more.

Less than 1,200 calories is usually not enough to support your basal metabolism and thus will slow your body’s calorie-burning ability and cause your body to burn muscle for energy.


Very low calorie diets will help you lose weight in the short term but when your body has had enough of being starved, you will binge, gaining all of your weight back and looking down at a MORE bloated belly.

4.  Avoid Sugar Free Foods :

Artificially sweetened foods contain a lot of sugar alcohol which causes bloating..

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5.  Freshness Counts: Eat Your Fruits & Veggies

 The packaging and processing generally found in “convenience” foods generally reduce the nutrient values of foods and substantially raises the caloric content.


The simple sugars found in processed foods generally leave people feeling hungry and craving more carbohydrates .


Although fruits & vegetables are nutritionally dense and full of fiber leaving you fuller longer,  avoid eating them without a quality protein or fat to keep your blood sugar even.

6. Follow the 90% to 10% rule:


If you watch what you eat 90% of the time, the other 10% is not not going to effect your belly busting efforts. The influx in calories from that 10% will stoke your metabolism, keep you from feeling deprived and keep you on track.

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7. Ditch These Flat Belly Myths:


Myth #1: You need to train your abs everyday.

Fact: When it comes to training, your abs (rectus abdominals, internal/external obliques) are like every other muscle. In order to get the most benefit, you have to train them hard and allow sufficient rest between sessions.


They   grow just like any other muscle and training them disproportionately will cause them to grow disproportionate to your other musculature which can cause muscle imbalances and other issues. This includes over training your “core” with an over abundance of planks.


In fact, the majority of  low back issues we see are the direct result of  abdominal over training.


Myth #2 : Doing sit ups, twists & sidebends will trim your waistline.

Fact : You can’t reduce waistline fat simply by doing ab exercises. Spot reduction just does not happen! Yes, you need to do ab and core exercises to develop the abdominal muscles. They need to be strengthened just like your glutes or your biceps but, in order to actually see those ab muscles, you need to strip the fat that’s covering them.


Myth #3: You need to do many more reps for ab exercises.

Fact: This is just not so. The most common training mistake when it comes to the abs is ineffective exercises. The next is poor technique. Exercises like crunches, sit ups and leg lifts are old school and the majority of the time, the actual abdominals is not even being worked. Substitute old school, ineffective exercises like sit ups, crunches, leg lefts or , god forbid that archaic ab crunch machine for exercises like planks, ball rolls , burpees or even good old fashioned push ups and I will guarantee you flatter more defined abs in no time.


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Committed To Your Success & Awesomeness,

Dianne Villano, Your Personal Body Shaping Expert

Fitness St Pete I Tierra Verde Fitness

P.S. Hearing from our readers is one of the best parts of my day. Drop a comment if you have any questions or just to let me know what you think about this or let me know a topic you want me to write about!


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Dianne Villano

Your Personal Body Shaping Expert

Hello, my name is Dianne Villano. I help busy men and women over 35 who struggle to look and feel their best and teach them how to eat more, train less, and get better results than they’ve ever experienced.

St. Pete & Tierra Verde residents come to me when all else has failed and they have reached a breaking point of finally being ready to achieve the body of their dreams.

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