Are you frustrated when you put on a bathing suit and see the belly fat around your middle?
Do you see a lumpy, bumpy silhouette when you put on a new dress?
When you look in the mirror, do you see a spare tire hanging over your belt?

If this sounds familiar, you may be ready to lose your belly fat.

Step 1: Are You Ready?

You need to ask yourself a few questions to decide if you’re ready to take the steps you need to lose belly fat.

First, how do you feel about your situation?
Are you frustrated by your body?
What are the reasons you want to lose belly fat?
Is it so you can wear a bikini this summer?
Is it to make your clothes feel better?

If you’ve been thinking about how to lose your belly fat for some time, it’s time to take the next step.

Step 2: Research and Plan

You’ll need to gather as much information as you can so that you can make a plan. There are many sources of information including books, the internet, weight loss centers, and information from friends and family members.

At this stage you need to put together all the information you can find, and then decide which pieces will work best for you to lose your belly fat. You’ll need to set a goal for yourself including how much you would like to lose in pounds or inches, how you will do it, and by what date you will accomplish your goal.

Step 3: Take Action and Reach Your Goal

Once you have all the information you need, it’s time to put your plan into action. This is the hardest part of your quest to lose belly fat. You’ll need to arrange your life so that you can begin losing your belly fat right away. That means you may need to make sure you have specific foods in your pantry, arrange your schedule so you can get enough sleep each night, and remove as much stress as possible. After following your plan for a while, you’ll find that you've reached your goals.

Step 4: Maintain Your Success

At this point, you have a critical step to make – maintaining your success. This part of your plan will allow you to continue keeping your body trim after you lose the belly fat. If you go back to your old habits, that belly fat will find its way back to your middle.

When you’re ready to lose your belly fat, you need to take action. Once you’ve achieved your goals it’s time to maintain them. You can have the body you’ve always wanted with these simple steps.

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Healthy Lasagna - Diet Recipe

Presented By: EJ Cooksey | 5/26/2009 12:50:00 AM

Who doesn’t love lasagna? The downside of this delicious dish is that all that cheese, meat and cream isn’t great for you (or your waistline).

This version is totally skinny, yet simply delicious.


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion, finely sliced

2 sticks of celery, finely sliced

1 carrot, grated

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

1 pound of quality lean ground beef – organic if possible (alternatively you can use organic ground turkey)

1 can of plum tomatoes
½ teaspoon dried oregano

2 zucchinis, thinly sliced length ways

1 cup of already roasted red peppers (or you can make your own at home)

4 sheets of lasagna (whole wheat if possible)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the cheese sauce
8 ounces skimmed milk

3 tablespoons corn starch

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

8 ounces mature cheddar cheese

Dash of nutmeg

* By using an extra mature, strong cheddar you’ll need much, much less and still get a full flavor.


In a large saucepan add the olive oil , onion, celery and carrot and cook over low heat for approximately 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook a further one minute. Set aside.

In a frying pan, fry the meat until completely cooked through. Drain away the oil and add to your large pan of onion and vegetables. Turn up the heat and add the wine, stir continuously until all the wine has been absorbed. Then add the tomatoes and oregano. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for approximately 30 minutes, until the liquid has reduced.

Heat the frying pan again and add the zucchini. Char grill for approximately 2 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and set aside.

Do the same thing with the roasted peppers (drain if using jar peppers). Set aside.

Make the cheese sauce by heating up the milk and nutmeg gently over low heat. Mix the corn starch with a little milk in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Add this mixture to the milk and nutmeg. Whisk continuously over low heat for approximately 2 to 3 minutes until thickened. Then add the mustard and half of the cheese. Add salt and pepper if necessary.

Now put it all together. Take a lasagna dish and start with a layer of meat, then roasted peppers, then more meat, then roasted zucchini, then more meat, finally your four sheets of pasta. Now pour your cheese sauce over the top and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 to 30 minutes until bubbly.

Serve immediately with a side salad.

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