Weight loss should not be about lowering those numbers on the weighting scale. Losing body fat is more important than losing the weight itself because excess body fat is associated with increased risk of numerous health problems such as diabetes and high cholesterol. Burning body fat is not easy and is much more difficult than losing excess weight but you will feel much better about yourself and will achieve a better body shape if you are going to lose fat instead of just pounds. Use the following tips on how to lose belly fat fast but in a healthy way.

1. Eat small meals instead of three large ones

Eat five to six meals instead of having three large ones in order to lose both excess pounds and body fat. By dividing three large meals into five to six small meals you your body will use more energy for digestion which will result in more burned calories as well as in increased metabolism.

2. Exercise regularly

Losing belly fat requires more than just dieting. Dietary changes alone may be enough to lose excess weight but are not enough to lose the fat on the belly. Dieting will only help you prevent the fat problem from getting worse. Regular exercise is therefore crucial if you want a flatter belly. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise for at least 5 times per week and to achieve the desired results choose a form of exercise which you enjoy. Otherwise you will get bored and will lose motivation. Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and frequency.

3. Drink water the right way

Drinking adequate amounts of water is crucial for successful weight loss but many people tend to misunderstand how to drink water the right way. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water per day but make sure that you drink it throughout the day. For example drinking a glass of water after breakfast, the second one two to three hours later, the third and the fourth one before and after the meal, etc.

4. Beware of juices, soft drinks and caffeine

Juices, soft drinks and caffeine are not water. Some of the these beverages such as caffeine actually work as diuretics which means they increase the excretion of water from the body.

5. Get adequate sleep and rest, and stay optimistic

Losing belly fat is not easy and can make you very tired both physically and psychologically. Make sure you get enough sleep and rest as well as stay optimistic. You can achieve anything if you really want it.