You goal should be to slowly reduce your body fat percentage. By lowering your body fat percentage, you will be reducing the amount of body fat you carry. Of course, a lower body fat percentage can also be achieved by simply increasing your lean body mass (muscles); however, during this process, simply by adding more lean muscle mass, you will naturally burn more calories making your body more efficient at burning calories and thus more efficient at losing body fat.
To measure your body fat percentage, the easiest way is to use a body fat caliper. If you have a gym membership, your gym should have more accurate means of measuring your body fat; however, if you do not, body fat calipers work well enough to give you an idea of your body fat percentage. I've always used the AccuMeasure body fat caliper. It is relatively inexpensive, and is quite accurate comparing to the body fat percent reading I got from my gym.
Next, you need to also measure your waistline, and just for the sake of measurements, take measurements for the rest of your body as well such as you chest, upper arms, and thighs. Make an effort to record these on a weekly basis on the same day of the week - for example, every sunday. Also record your body weight as well. On a side note, once your know your body weight and your body fat percentage, you can figure out roughly how many pounds or kilograms of fat you carry. For example, if you weighed 200 pounds with a body fat percent reading of 20%, then you are carrying roughly 40 pound of fat.
How Do I lose Belly Fat
Once you known your measurements, you can begin to track your weight loss progress. You can achieve weight loss through a combination of reducing calories consumed through a sensible diet, and at the same time increasing calories burned through a combination of weight training and cardio training. The ultimate goal here is to consistently create a calorie deficit that would allow you to lose weight and fat.
You need to make adjustments in you daily diet. Get rid of fattening foods like fast food, junk food, and processed foods. Opt for more wholesome foods and natural foods such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats. See here for more on diet to lose belly fat.
Increase your physical activity to burn more calories. Weight training is one of the best methods for building strength, muscle, and burning fat. You can also increase your physical activity simply by doing more. For example, cleaning your house more often, go biking with your children, or do some gardening. These are just some examples. On a side note, I love to garden, and work in my garden all spring, summer, and fall. While gardening is just a minor part of my overall physical activity aside from my weight lifting and cardio training, it does produce loads of fresh and delicious vegetables all summer long! Not to mention it's all organic and exceptionally healthy! See here for some weight lifting exercises to get rid of love handles.
Keep in mind that it is critical to be consistent in your weight loss efforts and goals. Being over enthusiastic for the first week or two will not allow you to achieve success. You need to maintain a consistent attitude and mind set to achieve your weight loss goals. Burning fat and losing weight can be accomplished and kept permanent if done right, and you can achieve your fat loss success if you set achievable goals and work toward those goals. Two of the best fat burn resources to show you the most effective ways to burn fat and lose weight are "Burn the Fat" program by natural bodybuilder and weight loss expert Tom Venuto, and the "Fat Loss for Idiots" program.