6 Efficient Ways to Lose Belly Fat

We all want a perfect body, but perfection is not that easy to achieve. One has to work really hard in order to feel good when looking in the mirror. Exercising and healthy food will definitely help anyone have the body they’ve always dreamed of. But in theory everything’s easy. For some, no matter how hard they try, they just cannot lose those extra pounds. And they’ve tried everything, so they say. We want to show you the most efficient ways to lose belly fat. It’s healthy and it works. Here they are:

1. Drink Lemon Water

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One of the most efficient ways to lose belly fat is also the simple way: by drinking water with just a squeeze of lemon. That’s right, it’s that simple. In order to lose weight we need to detoxify the liver. This is something any nutritionist and doctor will tell you. It is known that a stressed liver loses its capacity to metabolize fat in an efficient way so all the ft we get from food gets deposited on our thighs, rear end or waistline. Drinking water with a bit of lemon in it can increase the enzymes that work to detoxify the liver, thus making it function efficiently and distribute the calories equally in our body.

2. Cranberry Juice

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Cranberry juice is a wonder juice. It’s recommended for so many health related issues, including for reducing fat. The reason for this is that cranberries are very rich in citric acid, malic acid and quinic acid. All these types of acids act as digestive enzyme which can burn unwanted fat. Cranberry juice can dissolve the lymphatic wastes produced by the liver and help us reduce fat tissue from our bodies. One of the tastiest and most efficient ways to lose belly fat is to drink 100% natural cranberry juice (no sugar added) or drink some cranberry water.

3. Fish or Fish Oil Can Reduce Belly Fat in No Time

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Fish meat is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. These acids are called docosahexaenoic acid, icosapentaenoic or linolenic acid, and they help break down fat tissue around the waistline. If you don’t like the taste of fish oil you can eat fish rich in fatty acids like salmon and tuna fish.

4. Chia Seeds

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You’ve probably heard about the miraculous chia seeds. These little black seeds are the nutritionist’s gold. They recommend it for several health problems, including losing weight. Chia seeds, like fish, are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, calcium and plenty of dietary fiber which helps you say fuller for a longer period of time. You can have 4-8 tablespoons of chia seeds daily to feel less hungry, thus losing some belly fat the healthiest way.

5. Ginger

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One of our favorite efficient ways to lose belly fat is eating ginger. Ginger acts like a natural digestive and a thermogenic agent. What does thermogenic agent mean, you might ask? Thermogenic means that it can increase the body temperature, which means it can help burn fat more efficiently. Drinking ginger tea can help you lose belly fat the healthy way because ginger also suppresses cortisol production and cortisol is the steroid hormone in charge of energy regulation and mobilization. And we need plenty of energy if we want to get rid of those extra pounds, right?

6. Dandelion Tea

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One of the reasons people get fat is because of water retention. Dandelion acts like a natural diuretic and increases the urine output. This will improve the liver’s capacity to function properly and you get to lose some belly fat.

 

We hope you enjoyed our list of 6 efficient ways to lose belly fat. What are your tips and tricks?

 

 

The Amazing Sights in South America You Can’t Afford to Miss

If you are planning to go to South America anytime soon then there are some amazing sights you can’t afford to miss while you are there.

Machu Picchu

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So, there’s this city and it’s, like, lost. Except, it’s not so lost that you can’t go and visit it on a train. Going by train to Machu Picchu isn’t very cool but walking there definitely is. I did the multi-day trek to Machu Picchu and it was one of the finest experiences of my life. We arrived just as the sun was coming out from behind the lost city and it really was a quite amazing feeling. If you’ve ever within about 1000 miles of this place you should do whatever is necessary (up to and including selling vital body parts on the black market) to get there.

Uyuni Salt Lake

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I have to admit that when I signed up to get crammed into a 4×4 for several days on a trip over the world’s biggest salt flats I has a suspicion that it might be the worst thing ever. It wasn’t. It was one of the best. As well as all that salt to dazzle your eyes there are coloured lakes, weird rock formations and an island in the middle of the salt with cacti growing on it. It is a weird and outlandish place in Bolivia which will give you a once in a lifetime experience.

Iguazu Falls

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I love giant waterfalls almost as much as I love lost cities in the jungle and big expanses of salt. Iguazu Falls is just an incredible place, with an obscene amount of water crashing down over the edges. If you are still feeling a bit dry and salty after Uyuni then this is the place to head to. It sits on the triple border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, giving you the tempting option of seeing three countries in a matter of hours.

Angel Falls

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I’m going to come clean and admit that I haven’t yet see this waterfall. However, I hope to do so next year on a trip to Venezuela. It is the world’s highest waterfall. Technically, it’s the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall but it sounds less exciting when you put it like this. It’s so remote that you need to fly out there to see the glory of the water falling out of the sky in front of your eyes.

Rio de Janeiro

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I just wasted 10 minutes trying to decide which of this amazing city’s top attractions to include. Then I thought I would get all rebellious and include the whole insane city. The beaches, Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain; it’s just a magical place. The only complaint I have about Rio is that I was sold a pair of sandals that hurt my feet while there, but I feel that is more to do with the delicate skin on my feet than any inherent problem with the city.

The Devil’s Nose Train Ride

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Ok, so you’ve heard of the other places on the list but do you know about this train ride in Ecuador? The best thing about it is the fact that you can ride on the roof, which is the future of rail travel if you think about it. The track does some complicated things as it goes up and down steep hills, leading to some people calling it one of the planet’s greatest engineering feats. The scenery is terrific and the big dogs that come bounding after the train when it passes their properties add to the sense of fun.

10 Beautiful Italian Coastal Towns

Italy offers one of the most beautiful European landscape. The long coastline harbors numerous small towns that can end up being wonderful surprises encountered in extended tourist routes. Many of them are former fishing towns and retained their old appearance. Even when new buildings are erected, they blend in the landscape, so no shiny glass finds its place there. Here are 10 beautiful Italian coastal towns.

1.      Positano

Positano is an Italian coastal town.

Aerial image of Positano.

Positano takes its place on Amalfi coast, one of the most popular Italian destination. After reaching its development peak in the 16th and 17th centuries, Positano lost many residents in the the 19th century. John Steinbeck writes that “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

2.      Manarola

Manarola is an Italian coastal town

Image of Manarola at sunset.

Manarola is one of the five towns from the Italian Riviera region called Cinque Terre National Park. UNESCO classified the area a World Heritage Site. According to a date marked on the cornerstone of San Lorenzo church, Manarola was probably founded in 1338. The name of this beautiful Italian coastal town probably means “large wheel”, as a reference to the town’s mill wheel.

3.      Vernazza

The Italian coastal town of Vernazza

Image of Vernazza, an Italian town included in UNESCO Wrold Heritage list.

You can’t drive a car in Vernazza, another town from the Cinque Terre region. The classic fishing village was founded almost 1,000 years ago. Only 1,000 people live in what is considered one of the most classical Italian fishing villages.

4.      Corniglia

Corniglia is one of the Cinque Terre towns

Aerial view of vineyard surrounded Corniglia

Corniglia does not have direct access to the sea, but due to its higher altitude, it offers amazing panoramas. The small town is surrounded by vineyards. Corniglia dates back to the Romans and was mentioned by Boccaccio in a Decameron novel.

5.      Porto Ercole

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Porto Ercole, the name of this Italian coastal town, means Port Hercules.

Porto Ercole is the Italian way of saying “Port Hercules”. The town is located on a small island connected to the main land by two land stripes. Porto Ercole was founded in the late 13th century and is just 150 miles north of Rome. The Dutch Royal family had a summer residence here in the second part of the last century.

6.      Ponza

Ponza is an Italian coastal town

Ponza is named after Pontius Pilat

Ponza is the name of an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, as well as the name of the town on the island found somewhere near the mainland between Rome and Naples. Allegedly, the island was named after Pontius Pilat, the judge who decided Jesus was an heretic. As most other coastal towns, Ponza lives of tourism and fishing.

7.      Otranto

Otranto is an Italian coastal town

Image of Otranto central harbor

If you want to find Otranto, you have to look right at Italy’s heel. The Adriatic and Ionic seas meet at Otranto, which is one of the closest Italian territories to Albania. Its geographical location makes Otranto’s history immensely rich. The famous pirate Barbarossa captured what was in the 16th century the city of Otranto, but the occupation lasted just for a short while.

8.      La Maddalena

La Maddalena is an Italian coastal town

La Maddalena during the summer

The town La Maddalena lies on a small homonymous island right next to Sardinia. Consequently, the almost 12,000 islanders speak one special dialect called Maddalenino, a blend of Sardinian and Corsican. To get there, you need to take a boat, but there are plenty of rides from the mainland.

9.      Camogli

Camogli is an Italian coastal town

Beach in Camogli.

This Northern Italian coastal town was once an important seaport. Out of 12,000 inhabitants in the 1880s, there were 500 ship captains living in the “city of a thousand white sails.” Camogli means “house of wives” (Cassa delle Mogli).

10. Praiano

Praiano is an Italian coastal town.

Hidden beach in Praiano.

Praiano is positioned in south west Italy on the famous Amalfi coast. People used to produce renowned silk in Praiano until the 19th century. After discovering corals nearby in the same period, fishing and tourism blossomed in Praiano. The town hosts the old Church of San Luca Evangelista built in 1123.

These are 10 beautiful Italian coastal towns, but the list is wide open. Drop us a line if you think we should include others!

7 Amazing Bonsai Trees

The art of Bonsai exists for over a thousand years and continues to impress today, despite a millennium of changing aesthetics.  Derived from the similar Chinese art of penjing, the practice of painstakingly growing miniature flora, trees in particular, in containers has blossomed in Japan for centuries, before becoming one of the country’s most instantly recognizable cultural exports. Associated with an old-world approach to detail and finesse, the bonsai manages to offer a sense of timelessness to a rapidly-changing world, with select individual being hundreds of years old and better-documented histories than most families. Check out these 7 amazing bonsai trees!

 

1. The Hobbit Hole

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A bonsai that comes with its own popular culture reference. While many bonsai already instil a feeling of fantastic and ethereal worlds through their design, this one goes a step forward and enters the territory of high-fantasy imagery, having built in the shade of the miniature tree, the miniature version of an already small hobbit dwelling from The Shire, featured in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

2. The Hiroshima Survivor

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This Japanese white pine bonsai has been in training since 1625 and, while almost 400 years of existence is proof of resilience for any organism, this bonsai has even more to its credit, having survived the atomic bomb that was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. It is sometimes called “The Hiroshima Survivor” and is on display at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum.

3. Bolivian Rainbow Chilli Bonsai

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Since expanding beyond Japan’s borders the bonsai has constantly evolved, offering new and eccentric deviation from the traditional idiosyncrasies of the ancient art and one would be hard pressed to find a better example than this bonsai shaped from a Bolivian rainbow chilli shrub, an explosion of colour, shape and, uncharacteristically, taste that both goes against the classic rules of the bonsai and expand them to accommodate a global love of the art.

4. Goshin

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Considered Japanese-American bonsai master John Naka’s masterpiece and , accordingly, now on display at the United States National Arboretum, “Goshin”, meaning “protector of the spirit”, based on the forest shrine that inspired it, is a complex of eleven foemina junipers, each meant to represent each one of his eleven grandchildren.  One of the most recognizable bonsais in the world, work on Goshin began in 1948 and remained under constant care by its creator even decades after donating it to the National bonsai Federation in 1984. At Naka’s death in 2004, a French magazine wrote “John Naka has gone. A whisper of astonishment wanders in between the branches of Goshin.”

5. Chinzan Azalea Forest

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A pristine example for the bonsai school that doesn’t focus on individual trees, an entire forest of cypress trees with an undergrowth of Chinzan azaleas and moss springs forth from the stone slab that it inhabits, creating an illusion of wilderness that makes easy to forget the incredible amount of work that goes in such a project.

6. Scots Pine

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The Scots Pine is among the most widespread conifers in the world, covering Eurasia’s mountain ranges from Spain to the Chinese East Coast, but even it can be made to look alien and otherworldly when it seems to be a background-floating prop in a science-fiction movie, as it sits nestled into the crater of a crumbled world.

 

7. Japanese Bonsai

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Despite drawing much of its appeal from somewhat of an obsession with order and tidiness, the bonsai is at its most impressive in moments of disorder. Instead of being a perfectly manicured bundle of symmetry, this tree is dominated by the ivory-coloured irregular trunk that stretches out wildly into the air, in shapes that more easily remind of bone, tendons and flames than the highly regular tree bark of most trees.

 

11 Scenic Railways from All Over the World

Trains will help you travel, but the journey from A to B is sometimes much more than a simple geographic movement. Trains offer the peace and quite needed to enter a peaceful meditative state of mind, but a beautiful landscape will surely speed up the process. Here are some of the world’s most awesome scenic railways.

1. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India

The “Toy Train”, named so because of its narrow gauge line, links the West Bengali state cities of Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. The railway is only 48 miles long, but it goes from 328 feet up to 7.218 feet altitude. The 1880s railway is now a World Heritage Site.

Darjeeling railway

2. Duoro Railway, Portugal

The railway takes its name after the river it parallels most of the distance from the ocean to the mountains in the northern part of Portugal. The line used to link Portugues cities with the Spanish city of Salamanca, but the last part of the railway was closed in 1984.

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3. Hiram Bingham, Peru

Hiram Bingham III was a US senator who discovered Machu Pichu in 1911. Ok, he later became a senator, exploring was not a legislative duty. Nevertheless, the Peruvians thought he deserves to be honored and what better choice than to name the luxurious railway going to Machu Picchu after him. This is a luxury railway operated by PeruRail, but the scenery worths every cent.

 

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4. West Highland Railway Line, Scotland

The route actually is not  profitable, but the company operates it just because of the beautiful Scottish landscape. But the Jacobite steam locomotive passing over viaducts is one seductive machine. In fact, it conquered Harry Potter’s producers to feature it in the highly successful production. This is Hogwarts Express.

Jacobite steam train Scotland

5. Train des Pignes, France

This is another narrow gauge railway (they do have a certain charm). If you want to visit Provence, this is the best way to do it. The 150 km long railway rises up to 3.280 feet. On the way, you could stop in Entrevaux, a medieval French village.

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6. Gornergrat Railway,Switzerland

This Swiss railway is less than 6 miles long. But when you think that Zermatt, the departing point, lies at 5.363 feet above sea level and Gornergrat, the final stop, is positioned at more than 10.000 feet, 6 miles seems like the journey of a lifetime. Don’t choke on those clouds!

Switzerland Zermatt. Gornergrat Bahn

7. Tranzalpine, New Zealand

The train will carry you for 4 and a half hours of pure bliss in the South Island of  New Zealand. In fact, the new line opened in 1987 targets tourists, most ow whom jump along, as this is considered one of the most scenic railways in the world.

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8. Oslo – Bergen Railway, Norway

The railway runs through the Norwegian mountains to offer stunning images on the way to Bergen from Oslo. On the 300 miles long way, the train passes through 200 tunnels. The fact that they needed to massacre so many mountains gives an image of the railway’s potential to blow you away due to its steep neighbors. Each tunnel exit will be a surprise.

Bergen Railway

9. Glacier Express, Switzerland

Most scenic railways usually involve mountains. Switzerland has a couple of those and was not afraid to drill them all to provide a proper infrastructure and offer us some of the most impressive landscapes. Glacier Express takes you from the famous ski resort St. Moritza to Zermatt.

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10. Kyle of Lochalsh Line, Scotland

The line connects the Scottish cities of Dingwall and Kyle of Lochals.The diesel powered train takes you through all the stage offered by nature, field, mountains and sea. As the area is sparsely populated, tourists are the main train users.

 

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12. Coastal Classic Route, Alaska

The train takes you from Anchorage down south to Seward. Because of the harsh weather, the 114 miles long line is operated only between May and September. Four hours and twenty minutes is just enough to enjoy the sight of nearby glaciers on one exquisite example of awesome scenic railways.

 

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