When I got serious about losing my belly fat, one of the first things I did was take stock of the state of my then current health. I took a long, hard look at my belly measurements, my overall weight, my eating and lifestyle habits, and at the medical conditions that were plaguing me. In order to help me do this, I devised the following simple checklist:
1. A Visit to the Doctor
This is an important step in the initial self-evuation process and absolutely necessary for anyone who is obese or very overweight, older, has any medical conditions or chronic illnesses or diseases, or is taking any medications.
2. Taking Measurements
There are several basic measurements that need to be initially taken in order to determine where one stands and in order to set realistic goals and make a plan to achieve those goals.
Related: Belly Fat: Measure Yourself
3. Starting a Food Diary
In most cases, food is what primarily caused the belly fat, and food plays a central role in losing it. Surprisingly, many of us eat without thinking how our food choices are making us fat and unhealthy.
Related: Belly Fat: Food Diary (Part 1)
Belly Fat: Food Diary (Part 2)
4. Starting an Activity Journal
A person's level of activity (or the lack thereof) has been shown to have profound effects on their weight and health.
5. Evaluating Other Lifestyle Factors
Lack of sleep, stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse (including alcoholism), and other factors impact belly fat and weight gain.