11. Do a little dance. Jeanette Friedman tells us that daily belly dancing has helped her maintain her svelte 24-inch waist for years and get back in shape after having two kids. “I started working my abs right in the hospital after my babies were born,” she says. “It worked wonders!”
The Flat Belly Diet may be right for you if you’re looking to decrease your caloric intake and eat healthier foods. To learn more about the specifics of the Flat Belly Diet, check out the next two pages. First up — how the plan works.
Yep, you read that right. High-water foods like fruits and veggies will fill you up faster, says Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., C.D.N, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Start your meal with soup, salad or her favorite pick: Pre-dinner sliced crudité and spicy hummus. The combo of capsaicin (a spice in hot peppers) and the chickpeas’ soluble fiber can help curb hunger.
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Chili peppers like cayenne, green chili, and red chili are loaded with vitamin C and capsaicin that help increase the metabolic rate and burn the fat away. Consuming these chili peppers can help you lose weight and also manage the flab in your belly region. Add cayenne pepper or red chili flakes to your salads, and green chilis to fritters or omelet. They not only enhance the taste but also make you slim.
As with the roster of fat-burning foods, there are countless cocktails (and some of them are downright nasty!) which are purported to burn belly fat. Here is a short list of the best ones for the job:
Too much sodium can lead to big-time belly bloating and there’s a good chance you are already getting far more than you need. (Psst! Trying to de-bloat? Check out 24 Ways to Shrink Your Belly in 24 Hours) “Eat less processed foods high in salt, such as bread, pizza, and condiments. Focus on consuming more whole foods or foods lower in sodium,” contributes Miller. “Read the Nutrition Facts label to find how much sodium is in each serving of the food or beverage. Very Low Sodium is 35 milligrams or less per serving; Low-Sodium is 140 milligrams or less per serving; Reduced (or less) sodium is at least 25 percent less sodium per serving than the usual sodium level.”
The lower belly is one of those seriously frustrating body parts, and it’s not even an entire body part, it’s part of a body part – the lower bit of your tummy. This vexing semi-body part is the bane of anyone who’s lost weight, toned up, put in the hard work, done everything right, but just can’t seem to shift that lower belly bulge. Arrgh! That little belly bulge standing between you and a flat tummy. It is a tricky problem, but a fixable one. There are 3 causes of the lower belly bulge:
Dinner: Super Food Soup. http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/5-superfood-soup-recipes Choose your favorite of these five super food soup recipes for a healing, healthy dinner. Use whole grain bread toasted in place of croutons.
Like apples, bananas are also rich in potassium and contain multivitamins. They are filling and help you to resist the cravings for fast food. Moreover, banana boosts the metabolic rate, thereby melting the belly fat.
Dinner: Salmon and asparagus. Salmon is loaded with healthy benefits for your heart and brain. Aim to have it once a week. This recipe makes it easy to do: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2014/12/baked-salmon-with-vegetables.html. As an added bonus your veggie sides are cooked right alongside the salmon!
For Nancy Moffett, 62, of Coopersburg, PA, back pain actually had a good side. When she started doing the exercises prescribed by a physical therapist to heal her back, as a bonus, her abs got firmer. Here’s her workout:
“First and foremost you have to train your abs on all three planes. You have to train them forward and back with something like a crunch or double crunch. You have to train your abs laterally to hit the obliques with something like a dumbbell side bend. And you have to train your abs on a rotational plane—your transverse abs—and you can do that from a seated trunk twist.”
Test panelist Bryan Wilson, a 29-year-old accountant, lost 19 pounds and an astounding 6 inches from his waist in just six weeks on the program, and he attributes his success to the Zero Belly shake recipes in the program. “I love the shakes. I added them to my diet, and almost immediately I lost the bloat,” Bryan said. “I’m a sweet craver, and the shakes were an awesome alternative to bowls and bowls of ice cream I would have had.”
Lemons and lemon water – Health writer Theresa Cheung, author of The Lemon Juice Diet, has written extensively about the benefits of lemon juice for dieters looking to finally succeed in their weight loss and you can read about it in my article on how to use lemons to lose weight.
This Asian veggie dish is made by fermenting a blend of cabbage, radishes, and scallions with a seasoned paste of red pepper, salted shrimp, or kelp (koji) powder. Fermented foods are great for healing your gut thanks to the high levels of probiotics, but the unique strains found in kimchi may also help you stay slim: Researchers at Kyung Hee University in Korea induced obesity in lab rats by feeding them a high-fat diet. The group that got a Lactobacillus brevis supplement— the culture strain found in kimchi—was able to suppress the diet-induced increase in weight gain by 28 percent! If kimchi isn’t your thing, also consider adding one of these 18 Probiotic Foods For A Healthier Gut to your diet.
Coconut oil is additionally a thermogenic and blazes fat. studies have demonstrated that medium chain fatty acids when contrasted with the comparative measure of calories from different fats, can enhance the feeling of completion. In this way you consequently lessen calorie consumption.
I have some questions about the 4 day jumpstart diet and am not able to find the answers in your book. Could you give me an email address I can direct these questions to you, or better still a phone number that I can speak to someone.
Okay, I received this book as a birthday present yesterday and, not knowing exactly how to take it, I simply opened the book and started reading. I was at once comforted by the author’s recognition of the love-hate relationships many of us have with this part of our anatomy, and her outreach to “embrace” my belly. Yes, this is another diet book, but it caters to an area that is particularly sensitive to women. NO MORE MUFFIN TOPS over the jeans may be a goal of many a post-pr …more
Yoga Fitness Flow – On todays episode of XHIT, fitness trainer Rebecca-Louise shows you the best ab exercises to flatten your stomach! Remember, always mix up your workout to see better results lose weight – Get Your Sexiest Body Ever!
Hi Sara, 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/