How to Burn Belly fat Fast – 3 Quick and Easy Steps

If you would like to learn how to burn belly fat fast then, then along with certain weight loss foods there are 3 quick and easy steps you should put into action right away if you want to see great results. Let’s face it, having excess belly fat is not only bad for health reasons, but also can make you feel really uncomfortable not just in your clothes, but in yourself, and that’s a whole lot worse. 

Feeling bloated is something we all suffer with from time to time, and sometimes it’s simply just the short term effects of over indulgence over Christmas or a holiday. But bloating is very different to actual belly fat, as it is usually just temporary water retention or gas which is much easy to dispel than actual fat.

Blasting Belly Fat for Good

Either way, you want rid of this uncomfortable bloat or belly fat as soon as humanly possible and would love to see yourself with a toned flat stomach right? While I cannot promise miracles, there are some simple strategies you can use both short term and ideally long term to help keep your belly fat to a minimum AND to keep your body in fat burning mode in general.

Starvation diets

half a grapefruit

Firstly, and I know you may not want to hear this, but losing fat WILL require you put in some kind of effort. You don’t get something for nothing in this world, and I would never advocate those dangerous starvation diets where you eat half a grapefruit a day, or some other extreme calorie restricted and dangerous program. Plus, I’m presuming that you like food and want to enjoy your life too right?

When you go in for these kinds of extreme diets then any weight you may lose will be mostly fluid at first, but also quite alarmingly, your body will be triggered into starvation mode where fearing it is living in times of scarcity will decide to hold on to that fat more tightly; the opposite of what you’re actually trying to achieve.

These diets ONLY work in the very short term; or rather they ‘appear’ to work, but as soon as you start eating normally again you will pile it all back on (and often more on top). This kind of starvation diet will mess up your blood sugar and your metabolism, both of which will only serve to make you fatter in the long term.

Making Lifelong Changes

Yes, you will lose weight quickly if you apply my 3 steps, but the ultimate goal is lifelong changes to eating habits if you don’t want to be back at square one again very quickly. So, for long term weight loss you will need to start doing things a bit differently, such as learning to make permanent tweaks and changes to your diet and lifestyle all with minimal effort – which is totally possible.

Learning new and more effective ways of doing things creates new neural pathways in your brain; ones which will serve you better than the old dysfunctional ones, which brings me onto my next point of how exactly you go about this.

How to Create Healthy Habits

neural pathways in the brain

Creating new neural pathways through learning, and more importantly DOING new things over and over again will help you to create new habits – it literally all starts in your brain. It may sound boring or too much like hard work, but it’s a simple process which is highly effective as once you have formed these new habits and rewired your brain, it will never seem like an effort again.

Think of it like this: Brushing your teeth is a habit, and something that you do every morning and night without even thinking about it. It’s gone past the stage of being a chore; you simply do it and that’s it. Well, you can get to this place with anything if you repeat it enough times, in fact, research shows that it takes 66 days for something to become a habit, which isn’t too long when you consider it will then be a habit for life.

So, in theory, this means that if you start regular exercise or other healthy activities and stick at them religiously for 66 days (you don’t necessarily have to do something every day, but it’s the regularity for that length of time that counts) then you will effectively have formed a new habit.

Building New Belief Systems


Building new neural pathways will in turn start to change your current belief system (one that obviously isn’t working for you) about yourself and food, but to kick start this process you’ll need a plan, and one where you start seeing results fast but also in a healthy way.

Seeing fast results are crucial in stopping most people from throwing in the towel too soon. It’s too easy to give up in a world where we want everything here and now, but if you follow these tips and strategies immediately, you could get a flatter stomach within days. This is because the extra fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals from these healthy plant based foods will help to clear out your system quickly. You will also see the glowing effects in your skin and eyes, plus much more enhanced energy levels to boost exercise endurance.

4 Weeks to a Flatter Stomach

Here are my 3 healthy steps that should not take up too much of your time, and they cost minimal cash. If you are strict with these 3 steps then you should see a noticeable change in your appearance, not to mention your confidence within just 4 weeks! And you will start seeing a flatter stomach within days, which will give you the incentive you need to push on to the next level.

The NO Calorie Counting Diet!

This diet is simple, as it requires no calorie counting and you won’t go hungry – however, you should stop eating before you feel too full (eating too much puts the digestive system under huge strain). When you start eating good quality, high fiber, low sugar and nutrient dense foods your body will tell you when it has had enough and you should listen – this bit is very important!

The Inevitable Slip-Ups

woman eating cake

You will get a feel for things as you go, but don’t beat yourself up if you have a slip up – just forget about it and move on instantly. DO NOT make the mistake of waiting until the next day (or week) to start your diet plan again -if you do you will never break this unhealthy cycle and it will be the kiss of death for your plans of a healthy slim body.

In fact, it was only when I finally after many years of diet failure learnt the simple rule of moving on from a slip up INSTANTLY that I started to have a breakthrough in my weight loss, so this really is my NUMBER 1 TIP!

I have deliberately not added any animal products onto this list for the simple reasons that is a plant based website, plus I personally had my best results on a plant based diet due to the anti inflammatory effects of plant foods. So I suggest to get the most out of the next 4 weeks, you treat it like a much needed detox to give your system a break.

If you feel you can’t do this, then of course feel free to use lean meats and dairy as your sources of protein, but I cannot guarantee the same results.

In this time you will also learn to cook and eat new foods, which in turn will start changing your taste buds, which will then help ensure that you don’t slide back into old habits. 


ring dougnut

I know this is an obvious one, but it is SUGAR not fat that is making you fat – and by sugar I mean all refined carbohydrates including white bread, rice, pasta  and flours. These are included as sugars because they act the same as sugar in the body by inducing a high insulin spike.

These foods are JUNK as they are clogging up your system and ultimately being stored as fat. Cutting these foods out really isn’t as hard as it sounds, and next up I will be giving you replacements that should not only keep you satisfied, but help you break that sugar cycle that’s keeping you from losing weight.

This diet works by keeping your blood sugar stable, so is therefore a diet full of low GI foods will help you to achieve this. Keeping blood sugar on an even keel will help stop you from laying down fat stores and also slash your risks of type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and many more diseases, so to say this part is very  important is an under statement.

Stop eating these foods for the next 4 weeks (ideally, for good if you want long term results)

  • Confectionery – including cakes, chocolate, biscuits, sweets or anything containing refined sugar, glucose, sucrose, fructose, honey or other syrups.
  • White rice
  • White flour
  • White Bread
  • Sugar in general
  • Fruit juices
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Fast junk food


  • WHOLE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES – in ABUNDANCE; and eat them as raw or lightly cooked as possible for their live nutrients and fat burning enzymes.
  • AVOCADOS – Eating half an avocado a day will not only help to keep your blood sugar stable, but you will feel fuller and reduce your cravings for sugar and high carb foods all in one go – yes, they really are that good for you. If you don’t like them then whizz them up in a smoothie with a ripe banana and cocoa powder; it tastes just like a chocolate milkshake – honestly!
  • HEALTHY FATS – (in moderation when trying to lose weight). These include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, grape seed oil, walnut and flax seed oils.
  • NUTS AND SEEDS – (again in moderation, no more than 30g per day). Such as Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin, chia, sunflower and sesame seeds.
  • PROTEIN – such as legumes, tofu, soy beans, nuts, seeds and protein powders. Protein needs to make up a big part of your diet, as it will fill you up and help reduce cravings. It will also help to keep you from losing fat instead of muscle, which can be a major problem when losing weight. Muscle burns more calories than fat on your body as it needs energy for motion, unlike fat – therefore the more you have the better. Protein also helps to keep you metabolism stoked and your body in fat burning mode; refined carbs have the opposite effect. See here for a full list of plant based proteins, and try to incorporate them into every meal or snack.
  • PROTEIN POWDERS – If you are in fact eating a highly plant based diet, trying to lose weight, or are doing a lot of exercise then you may struggle with meeting your protein needs. This is where I find a good plant protein shake can be a life saver as it is just so simple to mix up and chug down as a snack replacement. You will only need one of these if you have drastically cut down your meat and dairy intake, OR are doing a lot of exercise.
  • FAT BURNING FOODS – These include cinnamon, broccoli, berries, grapefruit, green super food powder, hemp seeds, cacao, walnuts, avocados and pumpkin seeds. Try to eat them as often as possible with your meals and snacks as an alternative to your usual foods and not as well as if you want to see weight loss. 


weighted hula hoop

HULA HOOPING – Doing some form of exercise is another crucial step to blasting fat for good, and you don’t even need to join a gym or even leave your own home if you do this effective exercise for about 20-30 minutes per day. You can even do it anywhere that you have about a square meter of room, such as in front of the TV or listening to music; a great way to do it as it will help the time pass faster and alleviate boredom.

You really need to purchase an adult sized weighted hula hoop as it will help you tone up more quickly and effectively; plus, hula hooping is also great for getting those toned sexy abs whether you are a male or female.   

Hula Hooping and Stomach Toning:-

Hula hooping burns belly fat faster than any other exercise I have tried, and really gives your abs a really good workout; in fact, it can actually burn up to 600-800 calories an hour! You can seriously feel this exercise shaping and toning you whilst you’re doing it and that feels fantastic. It is definitely my go to belly fat burner, but is definitely best mixed with some kind of weight bearing exercise for variety.

Make sure you are hula hooping correctly. It may take some getting used to and it could even take you a while to even be able to keep the hoop up, but it doesn’t take long to master it quickly, and once you do it will be like riding a bike.

If you don’t want to hula hoop, then to get the flat stomach you desire you really must do some form of exercise, preferably a mix of weight bearing and cardio for at least 45 minutes 3-4 times a week. Other great exercise to include with your hula hooping regime include:-

  • HITT training
  • Gym workouts
  • Power walking
  • Hill walking
  • Cycling
  • Fast swimming
  • Kettlebell workouts (check Youtube to learn the moves)

Natural Metabolism Boosters

Don’t balk at this, as I would never promote the use of dangerous and unnatural diet pills. There are however, some wonderful natural weight loss products that can be effective in giving you that extra fat burning edge when used alongside a healthy diet and exercise plan. Look at them as something that can compliment your weight loss efforts, especially in the initial stages when you really want to see noticeable changes in order push yourself into carrying on.

In these Amazon Reviews you will find the best all NATURAL weight loss supplements. You will find I have chosen only a handful of the highest reviewed that also have actual scientific research behind them, plus the testimonies of lots of happy customers. Scientific research, safety, and good customer reviews are the three crucial things that a product has to have for me to recommend it to my readers, so you can rest assured that anything promoted at zestforever will be beneficial to you.

I would love to hear your own testimonies or experiences about anything to do with weight loss, diet supplements, or indeed anything related to this post. So please feel free to go ahead and leave your comments.

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Stefanie Taylor
Plant based eating is set to EXPLODE in 2020, not just for health reasons, but also to help keep our beautiful planet thriving. I have lived this healthful lifestyle for over 3 years, and created Zestforever to share my experiences, trials, errors, how I overcame them, and to show you how easy it is for you to do it for yourself and thrive too!

I have studied, tried and tested all manner of healthy lifestyles over the past 20 years, but nothing has come close to giving me the buzz that plant based eating has. I have also studied and worked as a Sports Nutritional Advisor, Nutritional Therapist, and Clinical Weight Loss Advisor, and have a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer reviewing and contributing to posts.

This website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical diseases or illnesses. It's merely meant to show you ways of potentially boosting your health through the eating of more nutritious plant foods in place of junk foods.

17 thoughts on “How to Burn Belly fat Fast – 3 Quick and Easy Steps”

  1. Hi Clark, thanks for reading and I’m glad you found the article informative. I think most of us could do with eating more fruit and veg, it’s just a matter of making the effort to do so. It’s totally worth it!

  2. Never thought of hula hooping as an exercise to lose belly fat fast! But it’s a good one that I’m thinking to incorporate into my exercise routine.

    I’m trying to get rid of all refined sugars for 2018. Its fairly easy not to buy anything with refined sugars on my side, but my husband has a deep sweet tooth, any advice to help us both quit that sugar addiction?

    • Hi there, yes you really should give hula hooping a go as it is fantastic, and you don’t actually feel like your’e exercising as it’s just so much fun.

      As for giving up sugar, I know how hard that is and my boyfriend is a sugar monster as well ha ha. But I am gradually cutting him down by adding Xylitol or Stevia as a sweetener to tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits and other baked goodies. And you can also add ripe mashed banana as a sweetener to these things as well.

      Another great banana use is for making ice cream. Just slice really ripe banana and freeze then whizz up in a high speed blender with a dash of milk and maybe some frozen blueberries if you want blueberry ice cream. I t really is delicious as the bananas really take on a gooey texture. I have tried adding other fruit but nothing works as well as the blueberries.

      Hope this has given you some ideas and please feel free to get back to me with any other questions. Thanks

  3. I loved hula hooping in my childhood, but never did it since then… and I really had lots of fun doing it. One thing which works for me very effectively as a quick workout without going somewhere is a mini trampoline. Did you ever try this?

    • Hi Katrin, you should definitely start up hula hooping again as its just so much fun! And, yes I had a trampoline as a kid and absolutely loved it.It has never occurred to me since then to do it again, but what a great idea. It would also be a fantastic, minimum impact (good for joints) workout. Thanks for the great idea, I may even try this out and do a post on it soon. Keep your eyes peeled.

  4. I love the idea of hula hooping! I can see how that would strengthen abs really quickly. And, thanks for the reminder that there are no shortcuts, we’ve gotta get rid of that sugar if we want a slim belly.

    • Hi Penelope, yes hula hooping is so good! I think I love it so much because it is great fun and kind of reminds you of your childhood, and yes sugar really is the enemy of our bellies. The more we can cut it out the better, in fact you might also enjoy my post as I believe this has some really helpful tips and advice.

  5. Great post that advises about getting rid of belly fat. It is a common problem especially for mums after giving birth to many babies. Great read and I will share it with others for sure.

    • Hi Sarah, glad you enjoyed it. Yes excess skin and belly fat can be a problem for mothers after child birth, but hopefully by adding a lot of these fat burning foods along with exercise, there may be some improvements.

  6. Hi, what a great article with such easy steps about reducing belly fat. As always, this article of yours is also very very helpful especially for busy mums who don’t have enough time to workout and want to get rid of belly fat. Great article!

    • Yes Sarah, I know belly fat can be a problem for most of us but it can be relatively easy to get rid of if you know a few simple hacks. Just a few small changes here and there can build up to a big change over time. I am glad this article has helped you, and thanks for reading.

  7. Hi Sarah, yes it certainly worked for me which is why I thought I should share the information. Belly fat is something that many people seem to struggle with as it seems to be do stubborn. Mine is for sure, but I lost it easier following the advice in my post.

  8. I really like your post and it reminded me of those things I did before that I seldom do now, like exercising and my former diet. Hula hooping was good but no adult hula hoop available here now, so can’t do it anymore. Cutting out sugar and bread was my former diet but with kids and a husband who love them, I need to provide them somehow. This made my diet worst for me since I’m the one cooking and baking, and I prefer homemade food to assure healthy foods on my table. However, I believe I can find a way for that. Thanks for this article.

    • Hi Eli, I know how hard it is to lose,weight with a family demanding certain foods. At least you ate doing lots of home cooking so you have control over what goes into your food, which is the main thing.

      It’s a shame you can’t get the weighted hula hoop, you can usually get them on Amazon. It’s such an easy exercise to fit in around a family. Anyway I hope you can find an alternative. I actually think investing in a kettle bell is a great thing to do as you can use it at home and there are literally hundreds of differnt exercises you can do with it if you look online. Also, it’s an all over body workout.

  9. Oh no! Not my biscuits! Really, I just learned how to make the most awesome biscuits….. but I guess I can save them for special occasions. I love avocado though and I think I will have to get me a hula-hoop now. That actually sounds like a fun way to lose weight. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Hi Kristi, I feel bad taking your biscuits away from you now lol. Perhaps you could make your own healthier lower fat versions, just a thought. I often make my own treats because I can control the amount of sugars and fats. Good alternatives to these that you can use in baking are coconut oil, fruit puree’s, dried fruits, xylitol, date syrup, dark chocolate, coconut flour, mashed banana. The list is endless with a bit of imagination.

      And yes, hula hooping really is an awesome fat blaster; just give it a try!

  10. Hi, yes, I know a very low carb diet is great for fat loss and I try to stay as low refined carb as possible, but I do find I need wholegrain carbohydrates as I train a lot. Another reason is mood; I found when I did a keto diet that it triggered my depression. Wholegrains help the brain produce serotonin, which is obviously needed to keep mood stable (especially for anxiety conditions), so it wasn’t good for me personally.

    Also, there has been a lot of research lately questioning how healthy the keto diet really is long term, especially if it means you are upping your animal protein too high.


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