How to Lose a Pot Belly

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How to Lose a Pot Belly. A pot belly is a collection of fat around the abdominal area. If you're tired of having those extra pounds hanging over your jeans or are getting sick of beer-belly quips from friends and relatives, you may want to take steps to reduce (or hopefully even lose altogether) this unwelcome pudge. Here are some tips for how to lose a pot belly.

Limit your intake of beer and other alcoholic drinks.

Develop proper posture. Stand erect, walk tall, sit straight and avoid slouching.

Eat dinner at least 2 to 3 hours before going to bed.

Add exercise to your daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Walk as much as you can. Brisk walking is considered the best exercise for all age groups.

Do abdominal crunches and stomach exercises to tone your muscles and help trim the area. This won't get rid of the fat, but it can start to improve your stomach profile.

Sign up for an appointment with a fitness specialist or personal trainer to set up an exercise schedule designed especially for you.

Improve your eating habits. Minimize fat intake. Eat out less. Avoid junk foods and fried foods; instead, choose salads, lean proteins, whole grains and fruits. Drink lots of fluids (8 to 10 glasses of water a day) while avoiding sugary carbonated sodas.

Tell a trusted friend or family member about your efforts. Once you tell someone else, you'll feel more committed to making a change, and you can check in that person with progress reports as your belly shrinks.

Warnings

Avoid crash diets; they're harmful for the body and the results are usually temporary.

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