Want to shed winter belly fat? Spring’s a good time. I’ve lost nearly 100 pounds using drug-free, non-surgical methods. Here are 10 ways to shed 10 pounds. So you need to lose more? Keep reading and you’ll learn how.
* Grow your meals, shrink your body. Garden a menu of antioxidant-rich, fat-burning vegetables: lettuce, peppers, squash, pumpkins, zucchini, strawberries, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, kale and spinach. Working in the garden, you get exercise, fresh air and a mood lift. Use chemical-free, organic soil and treatments.
* Work that summer bounty. Summer is the perfect time to diet. We’re already eating lighter and fresher. Make vegetable soup from your harvest. Chop veggies and saute in non-stick olive oil cooking spray. Add water, garlic, sea salt, cracked pepper, celery seed, bay, smoky chipotle and simmer. Freeze and can for year-round summer-fresh meals.
* Take natural diet supplements and appetite suppressants. I use acai, raspberry ketones, garcinia cambogia, green tea, apple cider vinegar, vitamin D and cinnamon.
* Quit drinking soda pop, even diet. Switch to fat-burning lemon water. Add lemon wedge water glass or bottle. Drink iced green sun tea. Put five tea bags in a glass jug. Set in the sun. Remove bags and refrigerate.
* Eat six small meals and snacks. Eat within an hour of rising. Make lunch your biggest meal. Stop eating three hours before bed.
* Drop sugar-based carbohydrates for fiber-rich, high-protein carbs. Eat plain oatmeal (sweetened with berries), whole grains, almonds or almond butter and milled flax seed.
* Trade dairy. Eat light cheese, fat-free milk, almond milk and plain, nonfat Greek yogurt.
* Swap bad fat (saturated, transfat, animal-based) for good fat. Eat foods rich in MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids), like fish, Take krill oil. It contains omega-3 fatty acids–DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (elcospentaenoic acid)–like regular fish oil, plus omega 5,7,9 and 11 and astaxanthin (anti-inflammatory).
* Start an exercise routine. Walk the dog. Do 15 minutes of yoga. Take the kids to the beach or playground. Swim and play with them. Ride your bike.
* Sleep better. I put on 100 pounds partially because of untreated sleep apnea. Root and fix sleep problems. Get help. Diet and exercise are easier when you’re rested.
* Keep goals manageable. So what if you need to lose 20, 50 200 pounds? Well, start by praising yourself for what you lost. Quit auto-shaming. You didn’t get fat overnight. Give it time. You probably had issues that caused what caused weight gain. Find out what they are and fix those. Focus on progress and keep working it.
The last is a bonus tip. But probably the most important of all. Be kind to yourself. Heal that negative self-image. Then you’ll have willpower and sustainability to get those pounds off.