Of course you know that protein’s essential for a slimmer you and essential for losing belly fat—you couldn’t have made it through the Paleo and South Beach crazes without hearing all about it. But here’s why protein really needs to play a prime roll on your plate: “Your body starts to produce more insulin as you age, since your muscle and fat cells aren’t responding to it properly,” explains Louis Aronne, MD, Director of the Obesity Clinic at Cornell. And insulin promotes fat storage, especially around your belly (yippee!).
Also included in the lean protein category are such as mackerel, trout, albacore tuna, sardines and herring. These finfish are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids as well as being lower in calories than red meat, cites the USDA.
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.
1. Eat every 3 hours- this will speed up your metabolism while keeping your energy levels up. Many women will skip meals or think if they eat very low calorie diets it is the only way to go. This not only slows down your metabolism, but your body will rebound after you go back to normal eating, thus making it harder to lose the unwanted fat.
Hi Tammy, 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/
While they won’t necessarily help with the fat burning process itself, juices may indirectly benefit your weight-loss efforts. Replace any soft drinks or other processed, sugary beverages with 100% natural, no-sugar-added juices. Vegetable, cranberry, pomegranate, and acai are some great choices that also offer a variety of auxiliary health benefits. Just remember to watch your calorie intake!
i have been eating organic ginger slices from trader joes and this helps with chronic diarrhea. I have scleroderma and inflammatory arthritis. because i am not able to exercise as much as i used to i have developed some belly fat. i began trying belly dance. I am very stiff inflexible to begin with. the combination of the ginger and the basic belly dance movements have reduced my loose belly without changing my diet. I do avoid beef, pork, milk and eggs and excess sugar but love my starches. I attribute my flatter tummy to the ginger and the belly dance exercises. I take thyroid meds and SSRI meds. ginger causes no interactions.also the belly dance exercises are low impact but work out the entire body better than treadmill or running.
You might have heard the term ‘middle-age spread’. This means, as women progress towards their middle years, the ratio of body fat increases compared to the body weight. During menopause, when the levels of estrogen go down, and the amount of androgens or male hormones increase, then there is an increased risk of fat accumulation in the waist. Hormones actually regulate the fat concentration in the body, and your figure depends entirely on it!
One MUFA serving with every meal and daily intake of 1,600 calories, although dieters can tailor the plan to their age, gender and activity level. Fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds and lean protein are emphasized. There are two parts: a four-day “anti-bloat” jumpstart, and a four-week eating plan. The book includes extensive meal plans, recipes and grocery lists, minimizing guesswork and planning. Though both men and women can follow Flat Belly, it’s geared toward a female audience – and women will likely favor the style of the book. There is, however, a separate book for men; the plans are nearly identical, but men get more calories.
That means Pink Lady over Granny Smith, watermelon over honeydew, red grapes over green ones. The higher levels of nutrients called flavonoids—particularly anthocyanins, compounds that give red fruits their color—calm the action of fat-storage genes. In fact, red-bellied stone fruits like plums boast phenolic compounds that have been shown to modulate the expression of fat genes. To learn more about turning on and off your fat genes, check out the essential list: 21 Nutrition Myths—Busted!
You may also know this root veggie as a sunchoke since they’re the roots of a type of sunflower. According to a Canadian study, subjects whose diets were supplemented with a type of gut-healthy insoluble fiber called oligofructose not only lost weight but reported less hunger than those who received a placebo. Researchers discovered that the subjects who consumed the prebiotic fiber had higher levels of ghrelin—the hunger-suppressing hormone—and lower levels of blood sugar. And you guessed it: Jerusalem artichokes are one of the best sources of the fiber.
3. Tomatoes – A large tomato contains only around 33 calories. Moreover, a recent study identified a compound extracted specifically from the fruit called 9-oxo-octadecadienoic (9-oxo-ODA) which was shown to influence the amount of blood lipids in circulation.
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
Hi Heather, 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/
Don’t go by the sweet taste of cinnamon, it won’t increase your fat. In fact, cinnamon will help reduce your overall body fat including the belly fat. Cinnamon is a thermogenic. It means, cinnamon tends to produce heat through metabolic stimulation. Thus cinnamon makes you burn your fat. So, include 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon to your daily diet in order to increase your metabolism. Take ground cinnamon and not the cinnamon bark oil which may lead to ulcers, mouth sores and mouth burning when consumed. Cinnamon is one spice that you can cook with any food.
Zero Belly Diet panelist Martha Chesler did just this as part of her Zero Belly program, and the results were astonishing. “I saw changes immediately,” she reports. In less than six weeks on the program, Martha dropped over 20 pounds and an astonishing 7 inches from her middle by combining the Zero Belly Foods with a pre-breakfast walk.
A diet high in protein may protect you against insulin resistance, Aronne says. One easy way to up your intake is to add Organic Whey Protein to your smoothies, meals, or snacks. (You can also meal prep these 6 protein-packed recipes that will actually last all week.)