As you get older, your body changes how it gains and loses weight. Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate, or the number of calories the body needs to function normally. On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. “If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies,” says Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic’s endocrinology division. In menopause, production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down. Meanwhile, testosterone levels also start to drop, but at a slower rate. This shift in hormones causes women to hold onto weight in their bellies. The good news: you can fight this process. Read on.
(NaturalNews) For marching through middle age, belly fat seems a fact of life. However, recent studies on belly fat have revealed that belly fat may no longer be common only among women in their 50’s. Certain factors like stress and a sedentary lifestyle have resulted in a rise in obesity and a growing concern about weight loss.
Belly fat appears to be especially bad for the heart. Studies have linked belly fat to heart failure, atherosclerosis, and other cardiovascular problems. It also has been associated with osteoporosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, colorectal cancer, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and other health problems.
Drinking plenty of water also helps in reducing weight. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This will not only flush the fat, but also make your skin shiny and glowy. Your hair will become healthy, and the whole body will become radiant.
So even though belly fat isn’t really a problem for me, it’s still a humungous problem for most of society. Some people seem to store more fat in the stomachs and it’s not only unhealthy for them, but it’s also dropping their hot ratings quickly.
Real peanut butter is made with two ingredients: peanuts, and maybe some salt. You already know that peanuts give you belly-slimming monounsaturated fats, tummy-filling fiber, and metabolism-boosting protein. But peanuts have a hidden weapon in their weight-loss utility belt: Genistein, a compound that acts directly on the genes for obesity, helping to turn them down and reduce your body’s ability to store fat. (Beans and lentils have the same magic ingredient, albeit in slightly less delicious form.) But be careful of the brand you buy: if you see ingredients like sugar, palm oil, or anything you can’t pronounce, put it back. They’ll undermine any good the peanuts might do.
5. Try Callanetics. Gale Maleskey, 53, of Emmaus, PA, swears by this program. It helped her maintain a 28-inch waist. “After just two weeks, I realized I was tightening up.” Callanetics crunches resemble most others, but there’s a subtle difference: A very slight, gentle pulsing motion keeps your ab muscles continuously contracted. Callanetics DVDs are available at amazon.com.
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Research has linked snacking on nuts with having a lower waist circumference. Nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, making them a more satisfying pick than pretzels. Make sure you stick to the unsalted versions to stave off sodium-induced puff, and keep in mind one serving is about a small handful.
Couscous, spaghetti, and cornflakes are made from refined grains (though whole-grain options may be available). But popcorn is a whole-grain food that can boost fiber. The best way to prepare popcorn is with an air-popper, which requires no oil for cooking. Read labels to see what oils have been added to microwave popcorn.
You can eat hot peppers raw, cooked, or dried. Habanero peppers have the most amount of capsaicin, but cayenne pepper is great too. You can add these peppers to your soups, stir fries, and other dinner dishes.
You should also drink to keep hydrated as this prevents you from overeating. When you feel thirsty, don’t reach for a snack but for water. By drinking water adequately, you keep your internal organs in good working order. Water also aids in flushing out toxins and transports food to the different parts of the body.
The book retails for $15.99. For an additional $27, you can purchase the Flat Belly Cookbook or the Flat Belly Family Cookbook. Money aside, there’s a lot of information for dieters to wrap their brains around to truly grasp the concept behind this diet.
Maintain a moderately aggressive calorie deficit, balance your macronutrient intake, use weightlifting to preserve (and even build) muscle while you lose fat, and you’ll eventually have that washboard stomach.
Hubs and I did this years ago when we put on some weight after marriage. It worked wonderfully! The 4-Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart was hard as heck for both of us, and I dislike Cream of Wheat immensely, but it worked! And the best thing we liked about it is the meals are easy, simple and NOT depriving you of essential treats. I’m a chocoholic and switching to dark chocolate was no problem! We love nuts and seeds and avocados and oils. I have utilized the principles of this book since and always com …more
Many people suffer from food intolerances without even realising. A great way to test if you are intolerant to any foods is to remove them from your diet and monitor your symptoms; this should ideally be for a few weeks (if not more), but starting by cutting them out for one day could help to reduce your risk of bloating or discomfort later that evening.
The highest quality of any green tea, Matcha is one of the most powerful beverages for melting away belly fat and improving your overall health. Read more about the 10 Amazing Benefits of Matcha Green Tea.
What this means is fat cells that have more beta-receptors than alpha-receptors are relatively easy to mobilize (they respond favorably to catecholamines), whereas fat cells that have more alpha-receptors than beta are not (they don’t respond favorably to them).
I am making changes to my diet this year and all your suggestions are just what I need. Forget those belly busting books and pills. This is all we need. Back to nature for me. Will let everyone know my progress. Hope you all do well too.Thanks for this blog.
Its powerful anti-catabolic effects and non-existent insulin effects means you reap all the fat loss benefits of training fasted without any of the problems relating to muscle loss or insulin secretion.
Sunny side up, scrambled, hard-boiled, or fried—it doesn’t matter. A pan, spatula, and carton of eggs are all you need to fry some serious flab. Eggs are one of the best sources of choline, a major fat-burning nutrient that helps turn off the genes responsible for belly-fat storage. Bonus: eggs are a great source of lean protein, which can set the fat-burning pace for your entire day when eaten for breakfast. In a study of 21 men published in the journal Nutrition Research, half were fed a breakfast of bagels while half ate eggs. The egg group were observed to have a lower response to ghrelin, were less hungry three hours later and consumed fewer calories for the next 24 hours!
They didn’t show up overnight doing this. What I later found was that was the “trial”. It is the period that separates those who get all the benefits from those who don’t. Most people end up stopping three feet from gold. They never fully give their body enough time to adapt.
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Eat whole foods: Eating whole foods is the easiest way to lose weight. Whole foods are natural, filling, and low in calories. They are full of vitamins and minerals, and fiber which keeps you full and helps you lose weight.
During a 3-month study period, the women taking the probiotics lost 50% more weight compared to the group taking a dummy pill (placebo). They also continued to lose weight during the weight maintenance phase of the study.
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Lunch: Salad in a Jar. Layer spinach leaves, chopped boiled egg, nuts, diced tomato, and grilled chicken in a jar for a salad that’s perfectly portable and perfectly tasty. Add olive oil and vinegar before eating.
You don’t have to go low-carb to ditch those extra pounds around your waist in a short period of time. In fact, opting for more whole grains might just get you there faster. Researchers at Tufts University have linked eating three or more daily servings of whole grains to as much as a 10 percent reduction in visceral body fat, the kind that ups your risk for chronic diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Our modern world presents us with many things that just aren’t natural for the human body to have to deal with. Large portion sizes, sedentary lifestyles, high levels of stress, massive amounts of entertainment to keep us glued to our couches, and tons of pollution in many major cities all contribute to the condition we find our bodies in. The more you can fight against these unnatural items, but better. Make sure you get some daily activity, because that’s natural for us. Feed your body plenty of fruits and vegetables, because that’s a very natural thing for a human to do. Limit the amount of TV you watch, and take time to just decompress and get in touch with your inner self. Cut out unnatural substances like fast food and junk food. They don’t do you any favors and are contributing to the unnatural shape you’ve taken on.
Starting your day with a healthy breakfast is a great way to prevent cravings for unhealthy food later in the day. A high-protein breakfast is great for weight loss* and reducing* belly fat since it satisfies you and shifts your appetite to neutral helping you get through without food cravings. Add some slow burning carbohydrates like whole grain bread to energize you and help prevent cravings.
Sure, ketchup is tasty, but it’s also a serious saboteur when it comes your weight loss efforts. Ketchup is loaded with sugar — up to four grams per tablespoon — and bears little nutritional resemblance to the fruit from which it’s derived. Luckily, swapping out your ketchup for salsa can help you shave off that belly fat fast. Fresh tomatoes, like those used in salsa, are loaded with lycopene, which a study conducted at China Medical University in Taiwan links to reductions in both overall fat and waist circumference. If you like your salsa spicy, all the better; the capsaicin in hot peppers, like jalapeños and chipotles, can boost your metabolism, too.
We’re not talking about extra pounds of stomach fat here. We’re talking about the temporary abdominal distention that plagues most everyone from time to time. Michael Jensen, MD, an endocrinologist and obesity researcher at Mayo Clinic, says unless your stomach bloating is caused by a medical condition such as liver or heart disease, the only real cause is intestinal gas – not “water weight.”
While I did read and like this book for a variety of reasons, I have to admit that it’s not as easy to use if you borrow it from the library. I know, I know, I’m a librarian and I shouldn’t be saying that but I think that if a patron borrows this books, she (because it’s really geared for women) will be able to ascertain whether they want to purchase it. The program is great with lots of simple, easy to follow recipes. The exercises are good too but the subtitle about “no crunches needed” is a b …more
How to build meal plans that allow you to build muscle, lose fat, and get healthy with ease…eating foods you love (yes, including those deemed “unclean” by certain “gurus”)…and never feeling starved, deprived, or like you’re “on a diet.”