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How to Lose Belly Fat by Drinking Water

author image Jody Braverman
Jody Braverman is a professional writer and editor based in Atlanta. She studied creative writing at the American University of Paris and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. She also received personal trainer certification from NASM and her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from YogaWorks.
How to Lose Belly Fat by Drinking Water
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Drinking enough water each day has some pretty significant effects on weight management and weight loss; however, it cannot shrink your belly on its own. A healthy, reduced-calorie diet, plenty of exercise and a few lifestyle changes, in addition to drinking plenty of water, will help you fight -- and win -- the battle of the belly bulge. Before embarking on a weight loss plan, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss you current health and goals.

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Step 1

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Reduce your overall calorie intake. Chances are, if you're gaining belly fat, you're eating too many calories. When you consume more calories than your body can burn, it stores them as fat. Create a calorie deficit of 500 calories each day to burn about 1 pound per week. Discuss your individual calorie needs with your doctor.

Step 2

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Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, especially non-starchy vegetables with a high water content. Cucumbers, lettuces, tomatoes and broccoli are all examples of non-starchy fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber and water. Their high water and fiber contents help fill you up so you may eat less of higher calorie foods. Eat fresh produce in place of refined carbs, such as pasta, bread and rice, and pair it with a small portion of lean protein like fish, chicken or tofu.

Step 3

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Drink water in place of other higher calorie beverages, including fruit juice, soda, milk, sweet tea and alcoholic beverages. If you eliminate one glass of fruit juice and one can of regular soda from your diet each day and replace them with water, you'll cut more than 1,800 calories from your diet each week. Just that small change alone is enough to lose half a pound each week, which will help trim your belly.

Step 4

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Drink 2 cups of water before breakfast to reduce your calorie intake and trim belly fat. A study published in the "Journal of the American Dietetic Association" in July 2008 found that overweight and obese adults who consumed 16 ounces of water before a breakfast meal ate 13 percent fewer calories at that meal.

Step 5

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Drink a glass of water whenever you feel hungry or have a craving for high-calorie foods. Sometimes, people mistake thirst for hunger, reaching for food when actually what their bodies want is hydration. After you drink the glass of water, ask yourself if you're still hungry. You might find that your craving to snack has disappeared, saving you some calories.

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