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How do I lose belly fat

Question: I have some extra fat around the waist that I really battle to get rid of. Any suggestions on how to lose this unnecessary belly fat?

Answer: Most experts agree that targeted weight loss is unlikely on most diets; but there does seem to be some scientific evidence that the Mediterranean way of eating can actually help people lose fat around the waist area. This is most probably due to the high “good fats” or “monounsaturated fats” content in the Mediterranean dishes. Good sources of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) include olive oil, avocados and nuts. These good fats will not only help you lose belly fat; it can also help to protect you against heart disease and cancer. MUFAs make food taste better and helps reduce the glycemic load on most foods, so you stay fuller for longer and have more control over your appetite. In short, a good supply of monounsaturated fats is a critical part of any healthy and balanced diet.

For more information see these articles on the Mediterranean Diet and the Flat Belly Diet.

How do I recover from a diet slip-up

Question: I have been doing extremely well following my diet until last night. I went to a friend’s birthday party, and I just couldn’t stop myself from indulging in all the treats! This morning I woke up very angry with myself for this diet slip-up, and I am so worried that I may have sabotaged my own weight loss effort.

Answer: We’ve all experienced the occasional diet slip-up! You would not be human if you did not occasionally stray from your diet. If you are following a healthy and nutritious diet 95% of the time, the odd treat should not affect your weight loss effort in any remarkable way. One of the biggest reasons diets fail is that people are too strict on themselves. When they then naturally overstep the boundaries, they feel like failures and give up on their diets.

Recognize the fact that you are human, that you need the occasional treat, and that it is important to participate in social events. Plan to overstep the boundaries on special occasions. Just don’t do it too often. Most importantly, even if you have made an unplanned mistake; forgive yourself and just continue with your diet immediately as if the slip-up never happened. You will very soon recover any lost ground and be back on track. The worst thing you can do is to give up.

Make sure the weight loss plan that you’ve chosen suits you and your lifestyle. You have to make it as easy as possible for yourself to stick to the diet. If you find it really, really difficult to stick to your chosen diet, start shopping around for one that is more closely aligned to your tastes, personality and lifestyle.

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