Though the cover of the book states that “not a single crunch is required” in order to flatten your belly, there is a chapter devoted to exercise. I like the suggestion that is made that it can be better to focus on changing one thing at a time. I completely agree with focusing on your diet first. I just think that the claim that is initially made can be misleading. The research is clear that the single best predictor of keeping your weight off is exercise. There are going to be people who can lose some inches from their waist through dietary changes but will not be able to “flatten” their belly without exercise.
If you’re flying through that to do list, it can be tempting to push your lunch break back until later in the afternoon. But, by 3pm you’ll be ravenous and likely to make poor choices in search of a quick fix. Step away from whatever you’re doing at 1pm instead and try not to return to your screen until 2pm. Research suggests our brain fails to recognise we’re full when we’re distracted, so don’t be tempted to check those emails!
Another part of the picture is sleep. I’ve written in the past about the dangers of sleep deprivation which one of them was weight gain. When we maintain enough hours of sleep we burn more calories. Recent studies (both in humans and animals) have linked insufficient sleep and a tendency to gain weight.
Fish are a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Proteins help build muscle, and omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body and increase metabolic rate. Also, the lower the inflammation, the lower the chances of gaining weight that is triggered by stress and inflammation.
The body doesn’t react to all fats in the same way. Research correlates high intake of saturated fat (the kind in meat and dairy) to increased visceral fat, says Patton. On the other hand, monounsaturated fats (the kind in olive oil and avocados) and specific types of polyunsaturated fats (mainly omega-3s, found in walnuts, sunflower seeds, and fatty fish like salmon) have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, and if eaten in proper portions may do your body good. But Patton warns that eating too much fat of any kind increases your calorie intake and could lead to weight gain, so enjoy healthy fats in moderation. More: Good Fats, Bad Fats: How to Choose
Eating pumpkin seeds in moderation can help keep your belly feeling fuller longer while keeping calories on the low. Pumpkin seeds are high in L-arginine and this study found it helps to reduce waist circumference.
Fish oil has omega-3 fatty acids in it. Omega 3 acids such as icosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and linolenic acid help in breaking down fat while reducing fat storage around your waistline. If you can’t take fish oil, have fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
“I recommend the DCBA approach: Diet first, Cardio second, Building muscle third, and Abs exercises last. Follow it and you can safely lose one to two pounds a week. Spend 60 minutes a day preparing healthier meals. Spend 20 minutes a day three to five times weekly doing cardio. Spend 15 minutes a day three times a week strength training. Finally, spend 5 minutes a day three times a week doing abs exercises.”
Protein takes energy to digest, thereby causing our bodies to burn more calories than a variety of other foods, says the USDA. This increased calorie burning increases you metabolism and can help you burn more belly fat. A favorable lean protein source is skinless, grilled chicken or turkey.
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
If you’re among the 30% of Americans who sleep less than six hours a night, here’s one simple way to whittle your waistline: catch more Zs. A 16-year study of almost 70,000 women found that those who slept five hours or less a night were 30% more likely to gain 30 or more pounds than those who slept seven hours. The National Institutes of Health suggest adults sleep seven to eight hours a night.
Hi Carmen, 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/
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/
You talked about working with weights and so on, but how about for going to swim each morning or cycling? I have to admit that i hate working out in gyms and running, but swimming and cycling are two things that i love very much.
Having omega-3 fatty acids such as icosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid along with linoleic acid could help break down the belly fat to decrease its storage around your In case you could not take this fish oil, you could eat fish which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Lunch: Cucumber Stackers. Stack slices of cucumbers with lean deli meat, chicken salad, or tuna for a sandwich with a crunch. Use mustard and hummus for condiments. Have about ¼ cup of almonds for a side.
A strong core also helps with balance and stability, improves your posture, and can help eliminate back pain that may be due to carrying extra weight. (13) Some of the best core exercises include V-ups, planks of all kinds, flutter kicks or scissor kicks, burpees, Russian twists and reverse crunches.
It is up to you really! Whenever you feel works best for you and how you enjoy eating. If you like to enjoy lunch earlier on in the day, it may be best to enjoy the snack in between lunch and dinner, or some may prefer to leave snacks to later in the evening so they have it to look forward to.