Smart, Healthy Ways to Slim Down Before Summer

Hi! I’m Vanna Belt and my mission is to help women look and feel their very best. I know that carrying around bulky, unwanted fat can make you do some crazy things in the quest to get rid of it. Unfortunately, most “cures” for fat are not only ineffective but can also be dangerous.


Losing more than water weight and getting healthier in the process means adopting lifelong habits that promote a balanced body composition.

Learn to Eat Clean

The term “clean eating” gets tossed around a lot, but all it really involves is getting the junk food out of your diet and replacing it with real, whole foods.


That means snacking on fruits, veggies and raw nuts instead of chips, eating whole grains instead of processed ones and loading up on beans rather than burgers. Favor natural packaging over boxes and bags, and you’ll start to see fat disappear.

Become a Heavy Lifter

A healthy diet is necessary to support a vigorous workout routine that includes some serious strength training. Step away the tiny vinyl dumbbells and step up to a squat rack.

Squats and other compound lifts, such as deadlifts and lunges, work to replace fat with lean muscle mass. Muscle takes up less space than fat, so you’ll appear leaner and feel healthier even if you wind up weighing more according to the scale.

To speed up your results, I recommend applying Gel-V to your problem areas before working out. Gel-V is an all natural dermo-cosmetic gel that helps tighten loose skin and corrects imperfections such as stretch marks through collagen synthesis.

Up the Intensity

When you’re not lifting, mix things up with different types of cardiovascular exercise.


Try high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to push your limits and improve aerobic capacity. Sprinting and explosive plyometric movements challenge your body while burning calories. Circuit workouts keep things interesting as you move from one exercise to another before repeating the entire cycle.

Each of these types of workouts helps burn overall body fat to reveal more of the muscle built during your lifting sessions.

Enjoy a Cup of Tea

Green tea has long been touted for its ability to help people lose weight, although the scientific evidence showing its effectiveness is spotty at best. One thing, however, is true: green tea contains high levels of antioxidants that reduce damage in your body, including damage from inflammation.

Since stored fat releases inflammatory compounds, adding green tea to your diet could help combat some of its negative effects.

Shape Up Your Sleep Routine


Staying up too late throws off your body’s balance of several key hormones related to stress, hunger and fat storage.

Cortisol, which is supposed to be lower at night, remains high, prompts your body to release stored sugars, triggers the release of insulin and promotes weight gain. A drop in the satiety hormone called leptin can drive you to reach for a midnight snack.

Regain your equilibrium with a schedule that allows you to get seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

As you work to establish these habits, you’ll begin to notice positive changes in your body. Bulky fat will be replaced by muscle, revealing a slimmer, more comfortable physique. Increased energy and greater confidence will encourage you to continue living a lifestyle that supports health inside and out.

Thanks for reading my post. You can connect with me on Instagram @VannaBelt for daily tips and advice for working out and shedding fat!

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