When someone has extra stored belly fat, not only can’t they show off a sexy set of six pack abs, but they are at risk for many types of health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and even some types of cancer.

There are many folks out there today who are fighting obesity. And worse yet, they are following all of the wrong ways to burn fat. Burning fat is, for the most part, common sense. Unfortunately, we have be deluged with so much bad information, that it’s hard to know what “common sense” is anymore…

This article will guide you in the direction that you need to go. It is going to guide you in the direction of the whole new you. Below, I am going to tell you 8 tips and tricks you can start using today (that’s right, TODAY) to start melting fat, so, you will never have to ask "how do I burn fat" again...

1. Pick something to measure other than weight. Yep, that’s right. You want to burn fat. And sometimes (actually most of the time), weight is not the best measure for fat loss. For example, how many times have you started a diet or exercise program and gained weight?

Yeah, me too.

The problem is, we have no way of knowing if that weight is from muscle (good – muscle makes us look sleek and sexy) or fat (bad). Personally, I use body fat percentage, which is just the proportion of your total weight that is made up of fat. There are many ways to calculate body fat percentage, but the easiest way is to use the US Naval formulas (read more: http://www.build-muscle-and-burn-fat.com/body-fat-percentage.html)

2. Exercise. Of course, without any doubt in my mind (and there really shouldn’t be any doubt In yours, either), this is one of the best ways for you to burn fat. Exercise should become a routine in your daily life. Sure, we know you may not like the idea of getting out there and walking, jogging, doing sit ups, pushups, hiking, biking and all of that stuff, but it is what you need to do in order to shed pounds, and you do what to melt that extra belly fat, don’t you?

It's what you need to do to get into shape and be healthy. There are many exercises that you can do that will burn the fat. Weight training and interval training are the best, but simply put, any thing that gets you moving and your heart rate up will do to get you burning extra calories. Speaking of calories…

3.Calories ' Of course, the number of calories you eat is something that you need to pay close attention to. You probably already know that you need to watch your calories and reduce the amount that you consume each day (or if you didn’t, you do now). In order to do this, take the portions of food that you normally eat into one half. After you finish that portion, wait 15 to 20 minutes before finishing the other half. This is a simple way to eat less calories every day. You should also add more protein and fiber to your diet. These digest more slowly and therefore make you feel fuller longer.

4. Cleaning and yard work. Yep, you read that right. Were you not able to get to the gym today so that you could do your exercises? If so, then there is another method you can turn to that will help you burn fat and it works well. Just raking your yard, gardening, dusting, vacuuming and picking stuff up will help you get the workout you need. You remember when I said in number 2 above that anything that gets you moving counts? That includes cleaning and yard work (or, if you have kids, chasing them around and playing counts too!)

5. Stair climbing. This one is near and dear to my heart (literally and figuratively). There are so many times where people visit places like the mall o choose to use the elevator instead of those stairs. Again, in order to burn fat, you will need to change the normal routine that you had. Instead of taking the elevator, you should climb the stairs. If you work in a building and your office is on the fourth floor, then you should take those stairs each day. After only a couple of weeks, you will start to notice a change.

For a bonus tip, part at the back of the parking lot and walk an extra hundred feet or so to the store rather than driving around for 15 minutes looking for the closest spot available. Believe it or not, you will actually save time and burn some extra calories. Next, you need to begin a regular exercise routine. Find a heart -pumping exercise that you enjoy, and incorporate it on a daily basis. You can do different activities each day if you are easily bored. Be sure, however, to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. Your body burns energy from sugar for the first 10-15 minutes that you exercise. Only after that does it begin burning the fat around your middle. The more cardio you do the more fat you will burn; it's a simple equation.

Burn Off Belly Flab While You Sleep? (Learn This Trick) After you have begun to lose your belly fat, you'll want to begin a series of abdominal exercises. These exercises will strengthen your muscles and lead to a lean, toned look. You can do these before you lose the fat, but you won't see any real results until you've lost the necessary weight. Six pack abs do you no good if they're buried under excess layers of fat!

Take the time today to begin to work towards better health. Consult your doctor and develop a diet plan that works for you. Begin to incorporate regular exercise into your daily schedule. As you lose weight, add in some abdominal exercises. Soon you'll have a body you can be proud of, and you'll be able to kiss your belly fat

Those are six easy tricks that you can put to work for you today in order to burn belly fat. You should stick with it and before you know it, you will start to feel and look better. Read through the tips again. You notice no drastic changes. Just small things you can do that will lead to new habits over time. So do away with all of the crazy diet advice you’ve seen and heard, and make a move back to common sense fat burning.