Next thing you know, fat sneaks up on the surface—subcutaneous fat—and wraps around your insides where you can’t see it, creating dangerous visceral fat. Ultimately, insulin resistance can set in, leading to diabetes and other health issues. So what do you do?
The three major ingredients of a perfect Zero Belly Diet meal or snack are protein, fiber and healthy fats, and all three can be found in abundance in a good trail mix. Sadly, most commercial mixes are made with extra oils, salt, and sugar. Mix up your own high-protein snacks from a selection of nuts, seeds, unsweetened dried fruit, and dark chocolate pieces. Make sure to include peanuts: they’re a top source of both genistein and resveratrol, two nutrients that help diminish the action of your fat-storage genes.
This diet is highly valued by healthcare professionals. Research shows that a Mediterranean style diet is effective in aiding weight loss and particularly in losing belly fat. But that’s not all, the Mediterranean Diet also boasts a plethora of health benefits. Studies have shown this diet may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, the metabolic syndrome and abdominal obesity. Research also shows that the better you are able to stick to the Mediterranean Diet, the more your risk of developing diabetes decreases and the lower your levels of belly fat. Much of these effects are due to the high content of MUFA in the Mediterranean Diet. Overall, this diet is a scientifically proven method to lose belly fat, decrease health risks and improve overall health.
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.
Foods rich in the amino acid leucine can help build the lean muscle mass that’s needed to trim excess fat from your frame, according to Jennifer McDaniel MS, RDN, CSSD, LD. It literally jumpstarts the process of developing muscle mass—and red meats are one of the best sources around. Go grass-fed to get the added benefits of omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acids — these two fatty acids help to decrease the inflammation in your body that causes fat storage.
There isn’t one magic trick or quick fix that will melt the fat around your midsection and give you those coveted abs we all see on the newsstands. Decreasing belly fat — and all body fat for that matter — is about making changes over the long-term.
Don’t expect even weight loss. You are going to lose more inches on your belly in the first 2 weeks than subsequent weeks if you stay dedicated to a weight loss routine. If you are at least 15 lbs. (6.8 kg) over your ideal weight, you should see significant results in the first 2 weeks and belly reduction may be harder afterward. 
Don’t starve yourself. Eating too little will tell your body to go into fat storage mode, so eat breakfast, healthy snacks and fresh meals. Women should not eat less than 1,500 calories per day, while men should not eat less than 1,700 calories. 
Many think skipping breakfast helps with quick weight loss. On the contrary, skipping breakfast is a major blunder. It increases bloating and pushes your body into starvation mode, a key for abdominal fat gain.
Don’t buy your tickets to Bonnaroo just yet; the kind of acid that will help you slim down is the stuff right inside your cabinet. A 12-week study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry reveals that obese study subjects who made vinegar part of their diet dropped more belly fat than a control group, and other research suggests that acidic foods, like vinegar, can increase the human carbohydrate metabolism by as much as 40 percent.
To make this exercise more challenging, draw as big a circle as your can, starting from directly above your hips to brining your legs as low to the ground as you can, while maintaining control and good form.
Yogurt is loaded with good gut bacteria that aid digestion and take care of your gut health (7). In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, scientists found that women who consumed probiotics lost twice as much weight compared to those who didn’t (8). Include yogurt in your diet by using it to make smoothies, salad dressing, etc.
Snack: Black bean brownies. If you are looking for a treat that won’t derail your healthy goals, this is for you. Black Bean Brownie Recipes: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/
Hi Bianca, 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/
Start each day by making a large pitcher of “spa water”—that’s water filled with sliced whole lemons, oranges, or grapefruits—and make a point of sipping your way through at least eight glasses before bedtime. Citrus fruits are rich in the antioxidant D-limonene, a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and gives sluggish bowels a kick, according to the World Health Organization. For added belly-blasting benefits, brew yourself a pot of green tea, one the five best teas for weight loss.
Hi Jo, 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/
What a highly informative article to bust my belly just started my swimming thee times a week that will help things move along. I have just been doing Slimming World rigidly and lost nothing in two whole weeks very disheartening think it is because I do not eat enough. These days I have not got a very big appetite and I do have a very stressful job and life which does not help. I am going to incorporate most of the a fore mentioned foods on to my weekly shopping list and step up my exercise regime. Wish me luck everybody as I will be sitting on a beach in just eight weeks so drastic action is therefore now required and something that finally works for me. Eating one meal a day has not worked for me either
Breakfast: Banana “Pancake.” Imagine a pancake that doesn’t leave you feeling sluggish, but instead nourishes you for your morning. That’s just want this banana “pancake” does: http://www.theskinnyconfidential.com/2012/09/25/ummm-seriously-dying-ingredient-pancakes-flourless-full-protein/. *Be sure to follow the suggestion to include flax seed for optimal results.
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.
Good gut bacteria aid digestion and prevent belly fat accumulation. Consuming foods that do not promote the growth of these bacteria, like processed food, fried foods, etc., can lead to a bulging belly. Consume yogurt or probiotic drinks that increase the number of good gut bacteria to lose belly fat.