The BEST kept secret to losing belly fat (Is it just me or are you SICK of hearing that?)

Watch out ladies and gentlemen, I am about to blow your minds.

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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. DSC05188

This is me now, after losing the pooch. 20140909_103718

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.2014-09-10 17.13.45

Alright.

So this is an angry post. I’ve been holding a grudge toward this topic for awhile.

WHY?

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”

Sound familiar??

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?

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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.

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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?

41 thoughts on “The BEST kept secret to losing belly fat (Is it just me or are you SICK of hearing that?)

  1. What people don’t understand is that just about everyone in the whole entire world can “pinch an inch.” Even when you are skinny as all get out, you will still be able to do so when you crunch forward because guess what, people, it’s called SKIN. I think the obsession stems from the the fact that it is something that is right there, right in front of us, and, especially for preg women/mothers, it is something that gets deformed as we age. Thus, in order to appear young, we want the flat stomach.
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  2. I LOVE this post!! Way to make a shout out. Isn’t media a total idiot?! I like the approach you took–you’re right., everyone just needs to calm down and be simple and healthy…then their problems will be solved.

  3. I have a pooch. I don’t want it, but I have it. I have tried to accept it because I am very healthy and I know that it’s not an indicator of my health or not. Thanks for good words, maybe I’ll try to get in touch with you to see if there’s anyhting I can do.

  4. I hate how the media makes us think we need a perfect thin body. I think it’s fine to have stomach fat. You’re right too–a lot of people just know how to hide it well so what’s the point of getting all jealous?

  5. I could not agree more! You have to lose weight to lose the belly and for some people, that’s the last thing to go. I think they give up thinking it will never go away. People lose weight first in different places. I too am so sick of reading about belly flattening magic. Bottom line there is no magic for ANYTHING. It’s all about sweat and what you eat.
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  6. GREAT post. I’m always guilty of clicking on those ads. Genetically I hold weight in my middle, but you are right when I loose weight my pooch goes away. But really for me it’s all about diet if I’m eating crap my stomach loves to show it off. Everyone always wants a quick fix and the sad truth is there isn’t one even fad crash diets only last for so long.
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  8. For the first time in my life I have a pooch and although I believe in loving ourselves the way we are it’s extremely uncomfortable! I’m always yanking at my pants trying to get comfy and the only solution is to lose the pooch. Thanks for the motivation, I definitely need to eat healthier.
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  9. I was praying for one last miracle when i clicked on this page but i am living proof that there are some ppl such as myself who eat clean exersise don’t over eat eat the right things do everything humanly possible to lose the pooch but can’t. Yes some ppl give up to soon if it’s the last place to go but i’m 5’1 and got to 48 kilos and it was still there!!! Everyone commented how it didn’t suit me and on my frame no it didn’t so unless i was willing to look sick then i guess i’ll never know if it would go.

  10. Really like this article because EVERY article I see or google about belly fat is trying to sell me something usually.
    Actually when I think of it I have been obsessing about my belly fat but really i have put weight on all over. Can’t really understand why all of a sudden I seem to not fit into any of my clothes. I’m 31 and have gone from an 8-10 uk size to a 12. Don’t know what I’m doing differently. Might just be age. All I know is I think you’re right. I have to make healthy changes in my diet because obviously I’m not in my 20s anymore and that’s just life. ha.

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