Whereas many beverages can increase your waistline (see above), there is one that is guaranteed to trim your tummy: water. Drinking plain ol’ H2O works because staying fully hydrated tells your body it’s okay to release any extra water it’s retaining, decreasing the accompanying bloat. Plus, drinking water has been proven to reduce cravings for sweets, lower your appetite, and help you feel satiated faster.
So, it’s official: You’re that girl who shows up to your 3 p.m. meeting with a perfectly-portioned handful of almonds, an apple, two squares of dark chocolate and a stack of multigrain crackers. But if you think loading up on those small meals spread out throughout the day will speed up your metabolism, that’s not always the case. “Although eating frequent meals and snacks has been proposed to help control appetite and food intake, a review of controlled feeding studies in adults found that eating more than three times a day had little, if any impact on appetite or food intake,” says nutritionist Lisa Hayim, MS, RD, and founder of The WellNecessities. “If you like eating small meals throughout the day, keep them small and light, making sure that their total caloric intake is still within your body’s needs.” And while we have you, don’t miss the 25 Things You’re Doing to Slow Your Metabolism!
Some experts say that weight is not the main factor when considering dangerous stomach fat. Neither is Body Max Index (BMI). They say that more important is the size of your waist. So, take this test to see what shape you’re in, and to see if it is critical that you lose belly fat naturally and need to take action today.
We don’t really need science to tell us that squatting burns more energy than biceps curling, but research has confirmed that exercises that involve large muscle groups burn more energy–both during and after training–than exercises that involve smaller ones.
Taste: Recipes range from whole-wheat pizza to pork and pine nut meatballs; snacks include chocolate-drizzled popcorn and a peanut butter and yogurt smoothie. For dessert, try a lemon cupcake with citrus icing or pumpkin cream roll.
3. Eat Healthy. As the saying goes “abs are built in the kitchen”. You can train hard & build muscular abs, but if you eat junk food all day, you won’t lose your belly fat. Stop eating processed food. Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
Flat-Belly Bonus: Chickpeas are a flat-belly food with 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein in 1/2 cup. Those nutrients fill you up and stabilize your blood sugar to keep you satisfied. Plus, chickpea eaters have waists 2 inches smaller than people who don’t eat the bean.
Dinner: Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche. Take away the unhealthy crust found on most quiches and you actually have a healthy option filled with veggies and proteins. These sweet potatoes add fiber, vitamins and loads of flavor. Best of all, it’s a complete meal in one dish! Strawberries are a perfect dessert to end your meal! http://www.fourteenforty365.com/2014/04/weekend-meal-prep.html
I started DRASTICALLY changing my diet about 3 years ago, eliminating dairy, wheat, and all sugar. While I made such changes to address underlying health a very noticeable side effect was that I lost ~60lbs in a little over 8 months.
Your parents weren’t kidding about how important veggies are for a healthy body. What they probably didn’t tell you, however, was that snacking on veggies is also one of the easiest ways to shed unwanted belly fat, too. According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, opting for non-starchy veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, and cucumber, as snacks helped overweight kids shed 17 percent of their visceral fat while improving their insulin sensitivity over a five-year period. Think snacking on veggies will leave you hungry? The 20 Most Filling Fruits and Veggies will have your belly satisfied in no time.
Hi Tiffany, 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/
According to Julieanna Hever, author of The Vegiterranean Diet, having soup before meals helps reduce the number of calories you consume. This, in turn, helps prevent fat accumulation in the belly region. You must consume vegetable, chicken, or mushroom clear soup. Ideally, make soups at home to reap the maximum benefits.
Snack: Homemade Trail Mix. The trail mix you buy in stores is often nothing more than a sugary candy mix, but by making your own custom mix with roasted nuts and unsweetened dried fruits you’ll have an energy packed snack that keeps you going!
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 struggled for a year because of my belly fat. As I searched what type of belly fat I have, I found out that it protruding belly because it is bulging aroung my tummy. When I was in high school days, I hate when there are events that we should need to wear a cocktail gown or anything that the dress fits in my body because I think my belly fat catching everyone’s attention and I loathe it! I have a sexy body when you’re looking at the back view but as I turned around you’ll get disappointed because I’m like a pregnant woman. Thanks for these tips though! What you have mentioned were the things I did to gain my body now. Drinking water was not really my thing. When I drink atleast 2 glasses of water I feel so bloated until I get used to. I have a healthy lifestyle now unlike before and I take caralluma fimbriata because I can control my cravings and it is known as famine food in India. Great article! Kudos!
Chronic stress experienced over a long period of time is considered not only dangerous — raising your risk for heart disease, diabetes, mental disorders and autoimmune diseases to name a few — but it’s tied to fat gain and poor eating habits.