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9 Reasons Your Belly Fat Doesn’t Go Away And How To Get Rid Of It

9 Reasons Your Belly Fat Doesn’t Go Away And How To Get Rid Of It

It’s hard to comprehend when you truly think about it, but the facts don’t lie: one in three Americans are obese, and this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down quite yet. Chances are there’s a bit (or maybe a lot) of stubborn belly fat you’ve been trying to clear yourself of. Rather than spend another whole year with this cumbersome cellulite, check out nine ways to get rid of it for good.

1. Find out exactly how much protein you need

This one is all about the activity level in life you already sustain. In a world where the media and lobbyists have virtually dominated consumers’ conceptions of protein needs, most people still believe they aren’t getting enough protein. The opposite is actually the truth. Most people are already getting as much protein as they need, if not more.

The catch here is to know what number to shoot for, if your energy expenditure is high. For every pound of lean body mass, you should aim for 0.5 to one gram of protein. This ensures all fitness activity, such as strength training or cardio, is followed by adequate amounts of protein replenishment.

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2. If your body needs more, adjust your intake

If you are training for a focused athletic accomplishment (such as marathoning or power lifting) or an elite athlete, you’ll certainly need more protein. Your protein intake (and the type of protein) should be custom-fitted to the specific activity you’re engaging in. Most weightlifters and bodybuilders consume whey protein, where as heavy cardio and individuals with other food preferences may call on pea protein or brown rice protein.

3. Stay annoyingly low on carbs

Yes, it’s true: one of the fastest and most reliable ways to lose weight is to avoid carbs. Eating less than 150 grams per day will dramatically boost your body’s ability to burn fat and understand how to use glucose better.

4. Drink more water than you do normally

Water is one of the primary “transport” substances your body uses to get things done. Not only does water keep you hydrated and refreshed, it assists your body in converting carbohydrates into usable energy. Water is used to remove waste products and is also involved in breaking down unwanted fat cells.

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5. Start eating more fat

Yes, you read that correctly.

Fat is actually the body’s best source for energy, so you’d be remiss to avoid this tip. It sounds counterintuitive from the get-go, as the very word “fat” is reviled and despised by millions of Americans and others around the globe. Yet, fat has nine calories per gram, while carbs and protein only have four. So by this logic alone, you can eat less fat and still get more caloric nutrition than you would eating simply carbs or protein.

6. Try a few days with 50g of carbs or less

Doing some “carb fasting” where you consume almost no carbohydrates at all will actually kickstart your body into burning more fat. Your body uses about 150 grams of carbs per day, but what it can’t obtain from your food that day, it will procure from gluconeogenesis. This fancy word means “to create new glucose”.

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7. Kick your day off on the right foot

To help your body know how to best use carbs, consuming the largest amount of carbs first thing each day is a solid approach. This provides your body with ample time to assimilate the carbs and use them up before they are stored as fat.

8. Divide and diversify with protein

Including a smaller amount of protein at every meal, instead of consuming during one large “protein window” is actually best for your body. Your digestive system can only process a certain amount of nutrients at any given time, so it’s optimal to spread your protein consumption out across meals. This is closely related to how you can actually toxify your body if you consume too much of any given micronutrient.

9. Complete your evening on a light note, with healthy fat

When it’s time to consume your final meal of the day, remain nutrient-focused rather than succumbing to overly sweet and barren carbs. If you’re the conventional type, basing a light meal around fish is recommended by dozens of top health organizations. If you’re the plant-based type, some no-sugar-added peanut butter or half of an avocado is best. Then, while you’re sleeping, your body will use these fats and protein to restore damaged muscle and refresh cellular components that require fat.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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