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SONICB Posts: 4,375
2/16/13 4:25 P

Certain foods (often carb-heavy or sodium-laden ones) will cause your body to retain water, which will give the appearance of a larger belly.

2/16/13 9:11 A

sunshine you said it all nothing to add after that thanks will incorporate more omega 6 and 3 in my diet.

TAMMYSUE21 Posts: 326
2/16/13 9:10 A

Coming from a petite woman whose problem is her sweet tooth, it's all in what you eat. Cut down the sweets and try to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,214
2/16/13 8:56 A

Lots of opinions, but I have been successful in burning belly fat by eating black olives as a snack because they have healthy monounsaturated fats, including some Extra virgin Olive oil in my daily diet and eating baked chicken made at home ( I wash the Chicken to get rid of some of the salt) lots of turkey, avocados, nuts, seeds and I gave up wheat pasta and wheat bread because it caused me to bloat and once I did I found it much easier to lose weight and I no longer have any aches and pains. The plus side is I now have a flat belly! I also stay away from sugar and sugar free foods because they too caused me to bloat. I include protein at every meal because that seems to reduce any puffiness.

WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
2/16/13 7:50 A

Im trying to get into the habit of tracking my food intake on a notebook, I need to find a lower calorie creamer for my coffee in the morning.

2/15/13 8:27 P

I am just starting out on weight lose but 8 years ago I was at my thinest and the trip was no soda (not even diet soda) and LOTS of water. Good luck!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,406
2/15/13 6:24 P

I highly recommend measuring and tracking. It is easy to underestimate the amount of calories you are eating.

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2/15/13 4:01 P

No such thing as "flatter belly foods." It's all hype and gimmicks!

WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
2/15/13 3:52 P

Brewmasterbill, yes I eat less calories but I dont track them. I just make healthier eating choices and stick to portion sizes. :)

BDRCOLLIE2470 SparkPoints: (2,288)
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2/15/13 10:43 A

Thanks guys for your input! I only drink water and milk. What gets me are sweets. I am trying to only have 1 serving or 1/2 serving, but it is really hard. I don't eat chips, but I do LOVE potatoes!! I definitely need to increase my fruit and veggie servings, so maybe that will help. They just don't fill me up. I'll try to focus more on foods that are lower in fat to help me out.

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
2/15/13 10:26 A

it all boils down to calories in versus calories out, period! I find, however, that when I eat chips, I can't stop with just one, I have to eat the whole darn bag. I believe it's because simple carbs get digested quickly and makes you want to eat more and more because you're never full until you've eaten a whole buffet of junk food. Something to that effect, anyway. Go for complex carbs to help you feel full and thus eat fewer calories overall, and that equals weight loss my friend. Hope this helps.

examples of complex carbs would be whole grains, sweet potato, beans, and veggies

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,406
2/15/13 9:43 A

Unfortunately you cannot spot reduce. The fat comes off where it pleases in its own good time.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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2/15/13 9:39 A

If by "reducing your carbohydrates and sugars from sweets, white flour products and sodas will help" you mean simply eating less calories ... ya, that'll work.

WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
2/15/13 9:18 A

You can't spot reduce but reducing your carbohydrates and sugars from sweets, white flour products and sodas will help. If I eat carbs I try to get mine from fresh fruit and vegetables, I dont do potatoes, I also limit myself from rices, breads, pastas and dont consume sodas diet or regular. If I do eat carbs I go for whole grain and ones that have extra fiber in them that are also whole grain. I tend to lose weight first from my face and slowly downwards, sadly I wish I could spot reduce my thighs and rear end. But healthy eating and exercising over time will help.

LEDIRETSE SparkPoints: (125,478)
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2/15/13 9:03 A

cutting down on sugar helps especially sodas, chocolate and biscuits. and apparently eggs and avocado help to reduce bad fat around the mid-section

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,269)
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2/15/13 9:00 A

There is no way to reduce the fat on your belly. REgardless of the marketing hype you've seen, you can't spot reduce, neither through exercise nor by eating specific foods. That's because foods don't burn fat. ;)

The only way to reduce your belly fat is with time and overall fat loss. Fat loss is a total-body process, so it will come. I know it's frustrating (seriously, check out the blog title in my signature... I feel you!) but the only thing that will whittle the fat on your belly is time, persistence, and eating at a calorie deficit.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/15/13 8:57 A

not really, despite all the ads all over the Internet

BDRCOLLIE2470 SparkPoints: (2,288)
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2/15/13 8:48 A

I posted this on the exercise page, but I was wondering if there were any foods that you all recommended for a flatter stomach? The scale says I'm losing weight and I think some areas of my body are getting smaller, but my stomach is still REALLY fat. My exercises include Insanity and walking my dog around 1.5 miles a day. Food varies, so I can't really post it. I do tend to eat a lot of carbs. I do not like seafood or tofu. I'm still trying to work on getting more food for my calories allotment. Thanks!

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