Vitamin C is important for the secretion of carnitine, a compound that helps the body convert fat into energy. Besides, it also helps block cortisol, a hormone that is secreted by the body under stress. A spike in the cortisol levels is the main reason for abdominal fat.
The Flat Belly Diet has little research out on its effectiveness. Of the studies that can be found, the weight loss success seems to be in line with the Mediterranean Diet, which is what the Flat Belly Diet is sort of modeled after. While the Flat Belly Diet does seem as though it might work for a short-term weight loss solution, the long-term effectiveness is in doubt.*
The single biggest influence over the levels of insulin in your body comes from the amount of starchy and sweet foods you eat. The biggest influence over cortisol has to do with stress levels, which is directly related to sleep quantity (and quality).
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Below, we’ve compiled ten easy-to-follow steps that can help melt that middle away. From introducing more protein and soluble fibre into your diet, to adding resistance training to your workouts, it shouldn’t be long before you’re saying bye bye beer belly, hello fab abs!
For test panelist June Caron, incorporating fresh produce like avocados was a life-changing lesson from Zero Belly Diet. The 55 year-old lost 6 pounds in the first week on the program. “Learning to eat real, chemical free, fresh foods has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I am never hungry. And the weight just keeps coming off!” Glowing skin, healthy nails and better sleep were Zero Belly bonuses, June said. “I’m well on my way to getting my sexy back. Everyone says I look much younger!”
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If you lead a very busy life, it can be very difficult to include healthy, fat-burning foods as part of your daily diet. Try to form a battleplan on your days off that includes a healthy breakfast, high-protein snacks, and balanced meals. Ideally, you want to eat something about every three hours to keep your metabolism going strong. Also, remember to schedule that all-important decompression and sleep time at the end of the day to help your body recoup and burn that belly fat!
You can tone abdominal muscles with crunches or other targeted abdominal exercises, but just doing these exercises won’t get rid of belly fat. However, visceral fat responds to the same diet and exercise strategies that can help you shed excess pounds and lower your total body fat. To battle the bulge:
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. 
Mineral-packed seeds — especially sunflower and pumpkin — provide lots of immune-boosting zinc and seriously fill you up. The hearty combo of plant-based protein and fiber can stave off hunger pangs later on.
Around the time of menopause, estrogen levels drop and fat redistributes away from the lower body, where it served as a fuel reserve for childbirth and breastfeeding, to the abdomen. This fat that expands your belly is likely visceral, or intra-abdominal fat, surrounding internal organs. It increases the risk of disease.
It is recommended to drink this solution 2 to 4 times per day as one of home remedies to lose belly fat. However, avoid drinking it if you have blocked bile ducts or other gall bladder related problems.
If you’ve ever felt bloated after a salty meal, it’s not in your head. Excess salt causes water to move from your bloodstream into your skin, which is why a daily dose of Doritos will give you a puffy look. Nearly 90 percent of people consume more than the recommended 2,300mg sodium per day. So even if you’re not pouring on the table salt, you’re likely getting more sodium than you need through other sources such as canned foods, salad dressing, deli meats, and even some dairy products like cottage cheese. (But keep in mind that you do need some salt and that the low-sodium diet rule is being debated.)
OK, so lifting weights won’t magically melt away belly fat — but it will boost your metabolism by helping you build fat-burning muscle tissue, and it’ll help you banish a belly pooch caused by bad posture. Long hours of sitting wreak havoc on the muscles in your legs and hips, which can cause an “anterior pelvic tilt” – a postural imbalance that arches your back and pushes your tummy out, which mimics the look of a spare tire.
To lose belly fat naturally you should transition into a belly-flattening lifestyle, in order to do that you need to make a few key dietary alterations that will help you reduce belly fat. You can make these changes gradually over time. The more regularly you stick with these changes, the better your results will be.
Elevated levels of cortisol may contribute to weight gain, especially making it hard to lose belly fat, and I’ve mentioned it in my article on how to reset your hormones to lose weight and in my article on how to lose belly fat without exercise.
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:
Increase your water intake to drink at least ten glasses of water each day. Often considered the best way to lose belly fat, the extra fluid can toxins and sodium out of your system and reduce constipation and water retention that can lead to bloating. While increasing water intake, avoid liquids with excessive sodium that can increase bloating like sodas or canned soups.
2. Lie on the floor with your legs straight up in the air. Place an exercise ball between your knees. Next, do a slight pelvic tilt (see above) from the hips. Squeeze for 1 second and relax. Start with 10 repetitions and work up to an amount where you feel fatigued.
Circuit Weight Training (20 minutes, 4 exercises — squat/press, push-up/rows, back row, lunge/curl) — Do 12 of each exercise and immediately go to the next one. Don’t take structured rests, instead push until you can’t and rest until you can (what we call rest-based training). See how many rounds you can do in 20 minutes.
6. Lamb – Lamb contains vitamin B, protein, zinc and trytophan. This is certainly a better option to processed or canned meat, and is a healthy source of protein. Lamb contains conjugated linoleic acid. According to Dr. James Howenstine, author of “A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work,” low levels of conjugated linoleic acid in the body can lead to obesity since dietary fat cannot be used as energy and is moved into cells resulting in fat storage. Editor’s note: I cannot condone eating lamb due to humanitarian reasons. Lambs are mammals, and it would be far less damaging to living beings if you chose to eat a simpler lifeform instead, such as fish.
If you’re not used to eating this much fiber, add it gradually to avoid gas and diarrhea and be sure to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Some of the fiber rich foods are true superfoods that are also featured in my e-book about superfoods which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program, a program that will help you to achieve your health, nutrition or weight loss goals.
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