Watch out ladies and gentlemen, I am about to blow your minds.
That title kinda makes me noxious…you’ll see why.
This was me back when I was 25 lbs heavier. I obsessed over that pooch. I hated it.
This is me now, after losing the pooch.
I’m not this cut queen and don’t care to be. This is not the article to read if you want to get a 6 pack. I just didn’t want to be self-conscious anymore.
So this is an angry post. I’ve been holding a grudge toward this topic for awhile.
Because I am SO SICK AND TIRED of all those super lame ads that pop up promising a quick solution to burning belly fat. It once drove me CRAZY.
“5 food that will burn your belly fat”
“Top 3 ab exercises that will instantly burn your belly fat”
“How to get a flat stomach in 2 weeks!”
“THE SECRET TO LOSING BELLY FAT”
It’s like we’re always chasing for the impossible, or always finding SOME way to find fault with ourselves. I’m not like that so much anymore, because I lost the pooch, but isn’t that concept just kinda sad and pathetic?
The topic of belly fat is a super hot topic among women. I know I’ve clicked on those ads hoping for the final, liberating solution, haven’t we all??? I think just about every woman has wished at one point or another, that they could finally lose their belly fat. I anguished over that part of my body for YEARS! It was always on my mind! I was always trying to cover it, sadly discarding my tighter shirts that then showed off my pooch.
I wish I could tell you that I stopped caring so much about my belly fat and finally accepted it. Wouldn’t that make me sound so wise and granola? Wouldn’t that contribute to the Love Your Body movement?
Sorry,but I’m not that girl. I am, however, a full supporter of that and think others should accept their body as is, but I never found a way to do that with my stomach. I did with my long nose though. Great, now you’re all going to notice.
I have to admit that I fell into the media’s trap. I honestly think I wanted a flat stomach because the media told me it looks the most flattering. I am going to admit that, because I assume a lot of us are in the same boat. At the same time, I do enjoy having a flat stomach just because it feels healthier, and I feel more mobile.
Just as a side note, the last thing I want is for anyone reading this to dislike their stomach more. I DO want you to appreciate your flab more and not hate it as much as I did. That was miserable. I hate when I look at pictures and wish I had their body. That’s so unhealthy. I don’t want anyone reading this to wish they had a flatter stomach OK?
Let’s move on. Do you want to hear the final answer to how to lose your belly fat?? Here it is:
THERE IS NO SECRET!!!!
Girlfriends!! There are no secret foods, no secret pills, no secret exercises that you will do in order to lose that super annoying belly fat. NONE OK??
So how did I get rid of mine?
I just lost weight.
That’s it. I guess you could say that’s the ‘secret’ if there was one.
Instead of looking up ways to lose your belly fat, just look up ways to eat a healthy, balanced diet, and keep in shape while you’re at it. I try to write about that here. Every article I looked up about belly fat today just explained in pretty ways how to eat healthy. It’s all the same thing, said in different ways.
Notice how I don’t focus here on exercising yourself to death. You don’t need to do some crazy amount of crunchies, like I used to do (with absolutely NO results). You just need to find a way to get rid of the fat that is hiding your abs. For me, eating healthy is what did it. I do ab workouts at least once a week, if I feel like it, but I tell you what.
I hate ab workouts.
I try to avoid them. My point? There’s no secret ab workout unless you want to be a mega fitness model. Most of us here seem to be happy with a nice and simple healthy look.
When I lost weight, I had no scale at home. I was serving a mission for my church in the Philippines. The only way to measure was by pictures, and a weigh-in every 3 months. I couldn’t even use my clothes to tell me I was losing weight—I had an elastic skirt for crying out loud. I just knew I needed to eat healthy, so I did it. It wasn’t easy though. I was just firm in my decision to eat healthier, in order to lose weight and feel great. I had no access to internet, aka, no confusion about do this or do that.
Ok, so what do I mean by eating healthy?
I’m not going to give you a list, just a few examples. This post is not to teach you how to get a flatter stomach, it’s to teach you to calm down. It’s simpler than you think. Deep inside, most people know how they can eat healthier, they are just afraid that they will be miserable doing it.
How I exercised:
As far as exercise, I tried to exercise about 30 minutes a day. Nothing extreme, just got a little sweaty. Thirty minutes was less than I would exercise when I was heavier, strange right?
How I ate:
I ate more vegetables for snacks (jicama was my favorite), and I drank a lot of water. I reduced my portions (especially rice). That’s probably what actually helped the most. Naturally I ate less bread, because bread was not popular where I lived. It was seen more as a snack. There also wasn’t very much chocolate or sweets lying around in people’s houses. I rarely bought it, and was even more rarely offered it. Pretty simple.
See how that would help?
Give yourself an honest evaluation—what ways can you clean up your eating habits?
You’re better off than you think!
Let’s be open here.
I want you to see that I DO have stomach fat, even though it doesn’t look like it when I stand up. Those models you see on magazines? They are in just the right positions to look super thin. So? Give yourself more credit. It’s OK to have stomach fat. We all have it, it’s healthy to a point. Don’t be over the top.
I’m not a fan of half naked pics, sorry, but I’m just trying to make a point here alright?
This first one is me sucking it in. People doooo that just so you know.You do know that, right?
Now stop worrying about trying to find that magic stomach-flattening cure alright?
Just calm down and live a healthy life. A few pounds off will do a lot for you if you’re going for a flatter stomach. I’m not going to tell you to decide to love and embrace your pooch, like I really should. I’d be a hypocrite—I can’t do that myself. I worked long and hard to get my stomach pooch off and I did it. I kinda think you can too if you really want to.
If you are doing all the healthy living stuff, and your stomach pooch is STILL present and driving you crazy, then send me an email and we can chat about it, alright? I hear your pain, I was there. You can check out my counseling site HERE. I love working with people who are ready for lasting change.
What are your thoughts about social media’s pressure for a flat stomach?
Have you fussed about your stomach before? Are you an ad clicker like I was?
Accept or not accept your pooch–what have you come to?