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.
Sugary foods and beverages are devils in disguise. They contain high amounts of additives, preservatives, and artificial colors. Though drinking them may seem fun and cool, they are the major contributors of belly fat.
Furthermore, when you are reducing calories the body’s first instinct is to hold onto that belly fat with a vengeance, just in case you are starving and don’t know where the next meal is coming from. After all, your body doesn’t know the difference between a diet and starvation. Therefore, between your 3 main meals have a healthy snack to maintain steady energy levels and avoid junk food binges help you lose belly fat. Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks consisting of all three food groups (carbs, fat and protein) every 3 hours. (Click here for more tips on how to reduce calories.)
The salad bar is a great option if you need a quick fix that’s nutritious too, but if you’re stocking up on the same greens everyday your taste buds will soon become restless. Cue reaching for those naughty add-ins like croutons or creamy salad dressings. The solution? Pack a homemade salad that’s geared to your taste buds – we’ve got plenty of delicious salad recipe ideas to keep it interesting.
Use ginger as a spice in your cooking whenever you can to increase your ginger intake. Cooking ginger for a short period of up to 6 minutes actually enhances its health benefits (as you can read in my article about the health benefits of cooked and dried ginger). Luckily, ginger has a tasty flavor that doesn’t need to be “masked” in order to reap the rewards the plant has to offer.
I start my 7/14 days of what you recommend and I just have a quick question; Does it matter on portion size or putting the food on a scale or do you just stop eating until you’re full? Can you have too much of a certain food that will make you gain weight?
Never be embarrassed for trying to better yourself. You could start out with a slow jog until you gain some confidence. You could also buy or go somewhere with an elliptical or treadmill. Just take it slow and be proud of yourself for making an effort.
Dinner: Stuffed Bell Peppers. Fill this super food with everything you need for dinner and you’ll have an to make dinner loaded with nutrients in no time. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/stuffed_peppers.html *note: replace canola oil with olive oil and use brown rice or quinoa for the rice called for in this recipe. Use sliced avocados leftover from lunch as a garnish/side.
Insulin is the hormone that’s released when we consume carbohydrates. It helps take glucose (sugar) out of the bloodstream and brings it into cells to be used for energy. However, when too much glucose remains in the blood, it’s stored away for later use as body fat. If insulin is really out of whack, this fat storage can spiral out of control.
Another study published the prior year in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences showed that ginger supplementation had an equal impact on rat weight loss as a popular weight-loss medication, Orlistat. Additionally, the ginger caused noteworthy improvements to blood cholesterol level, with “good” cholesterol levels (HDL) up from their baseline level.2
Apple cider vinegar is a great way to kick-start your metabolism and get belly fat moving. The acetic acid in the vinegar produces proteins that can help you burn up fat stores. With stress and the resulting increase in cortisol secretion, your body starts to produce more insulin as you age, since your muscle and fat cells aren’t responding to the increased levels of cortisol properly. With the increase in insulin comes fat storage, especially around your belly. A diet high in protein may protect you against insulin resistance, thus decreasing belly fat.
I have looked at other diets and this diet is not anything different, It is still a 1600 calorie diet. the most obvious item that I noticed is the name dropping that occurs in this book. I also don’t think that the average person could even find half of the “organic” ingredients this diet requires much less afford the same. I agreed to look at this diet at the request of my physician, looking is all I am going to do.
Hi Lori, not sure if you received a copy yet but we have a shopping list for both weeks up on the site now: http://www.trimmedandtoned.com/14-day-flat-belly-meal-plan-ingredient-list-breakdown-per-meal/
5. Work your mid-to upper back. These muscles are also important for good posture. The bent-over row exercise is a great way to strengthen them. To do it: Place your left knee and left hand on a flat bench or chair so your back is parallel to the floor. Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, start with your right arm directly under your shoulder and extended toward the floor. Bending your elbow so that it’s pointing toward the ceiling, pull the dumbbell up until it touches your rib cage. Hold, and slowly lower. (The movement is like starting a power lawn mower, only slower and smoother.)