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Carbs or proteins trigger insulin release so surprisingly, you turn to…FAT. According to the latest science, monounsaturated fat is the one fat that tends to lower insulin levels and improve triglycerides. Lower insulin levels aid in weight loss and… a reduction in belly fat!
Other health benefits have been linked to a Mediterranean-style diet. “There is some evidence that the Mediterranean diet can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RD, a wellness manager at Cleveland Clinic and also a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
Make a big enough calorie “budget” to meet your basic nutritional needs — If you go too low, you’ll enter a semi-starvation state that’ll make you miserable and stall your metabolism (no thank you!). Women need at least 1,200 calories daily, while men should get at least 1,800.
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The International Journal of Obesity mentions that consuming foods that have thermogenic effect can potentially be a tool for weight loss and weight maintenance as may increase energy expenditure, fat oxidation and counteract the decrease in metabolic rate that happens during weight loss.5
Snack: Better Banana Split. Split a banana in half length wise and spread with your favorite nut butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, and dark chocolate chips. Tastes decadent, but loaded with nutrition!
13. Discover Pilates. This series of stretching-type exercises done on the floor and on special equipment has been used by dancers for decades. But now New Yorker Margaret Klugman, 55, (and hundreds of others including many celebrities) attribute their tight abs to this low-impact form of exercise. For a list of studios and instructors near you, contact the United States Pilates Association at 888-484-8772. Or visit their website at www.pilates-studio.com.
Many people turn to steady-state cardio workouts, like long jogs, when trying to slim down. The problem with this approach: A 45-minute run at a consistent pace may help you shed pounds at first, but soon your metabolism will adjust and you’ll stop burning calories the moment you hop off the treadmill.
At a mere 59 calories, an orange is a super smart grab from the fruit bowl. Oranges rank high on the satiety index scale thanks to their high fiber content. High fiber foods like citrus fruits take longer to chew and digest. They take up lots of space in your stomach and help you feel full. Oranges also have a low energy density, meaning fewer calories per gram than your average fruit, a quality we look for in fat-blasting foods.
To eat generously does not have to mean to eat irresponsibly. The important thing to remember is to eat natural and nutrient-dense foods as well as whole foods that the body understands how to use to properly. Below are some examples:
This is a great list for losing weight, the only issue I see is that if you are retaining some extra weight around the mid-section and are otherwise pretty healthy, it could possibly be due to adrenal fatigue and cortisol issues, in which case excessive exercising will only make the problem worse (seems counterintuitive, but I went through this for a year and it was extremely frustrating). If that is the case, weight bearing exercise would be more beneficial and possibly some herbs like Eleuthero to bolster the adrenals as well as some other hormone balancing herbs and dietary changes.
With swimming, you get the benefits of cardio – from losing weight to toning your body – all at the same time! The strokes you choose should be up-tempo and strenuous in order to help you burn more calories. You can start by going for a swim once or twice every week.
A little garlic in your meals could mean a lot less weight around your middle. The results of a Korean study found that mice given a high-fat diet supplemented with garlic lost significantly more weight and abdominal fat than those who just ate fatty foods. Even better, they also improved their liver health, making it easier to stay healthy and burn off that excess fat in the long term. For more flavorful ways to make your food more enjoyable, turn to the 20 Spicy Recipes That Fire Up Your Metabolism and watch those pounds melt away.
Sugar-laden treats like cupcakes, cookies and even protein bars (which can pack a whopping 20+ grams of sugar) can contribute to serious pound creepage. Swap ‘em for these 50 Best Snacks for Weight Loss instead. We promise that fantasizing about trying out for “The Bachelor” will be just as fun.
A review of more than 90 studies in the journal Nutrition Reviews revealed a strong link between high calcium intake and improved body composition. When your calcium is low, your body secretes hormones that let you make better use of the calcium you have. Problem is, at the same time, your body signals fat cells to hold onto fat, including the fat in your belly. Dairy, including milk (even whole milk, just watch your calories), cheese (especially Swiss), and yogurt, are the preferred sources of calcium. Eat three servings of dairy a day, and keep the rest of your diet in check, and you will steadily lose weight.
Lie on your back with your legs straight, lock your knees and push the small of your back down to the ground. Point your toes towards the wall, and place your hands under your butt with your palms facing down. This is your starting position.
This first one is a no-brainer: Throw out all processed foods in your kitchen. Research shows that eating more whole foods with monounsaturated fats (MUFAS) fight stomach fat. These would be foods like avocado, nuts and seeds (preferably raw) and whole grains. Many MUFAs are liquid in room temperature like olive oil and safflower oil.
Fermented foods like miso, tempeh, and sauerkraut contain probiotics, a.k.a. friendly bacteria that help boost immunity, regulate gut function, and banish bloat. Unsweetened plain Greek yogurt and skyr can provide probiotic benefits too. Choose ones that have five strains or more of bacterial cultures per 6-ounce serving.
The premise is to eat 1 large serving fruit or vegetable, 1 protein, 1 whole grain, 1 plant-based fat, and some spice at every meal – keeping the portions under control, and drinking plenty of water. See, not exactly groundbreaking.
This ancient grain will make that flat tire around your waist history! Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains the complete chain of amino acids that are necessary for muscle building and fat loss. In a 2015 study in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation, researchers discovered that patients who ingested higher amounts of vegetable protein were far less susceptible to metabolic syndrome (a combination of high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and obesity). It’s also high in the amino acid lysine, which helps you burn fat and maintain healthy bones and skin. Before you thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s more: according to a study published in the journal Food Chemistry, quinoa has the highest level of betaine, a chemical that revs your metabolism and actually shuts down the genes that encourage fat to hang around.
Naturally sweet recipes in Zero Belly Diet were the key to test panelist Isabel Fiolek’s dramatic 13-pound weight loss. “I happen to have a big sugar addiction,” Isabel admits, “But the recipes have been surprisingly satisfying for my sweet tooth.” Isabel also made dramatic health strides: A checkup after her six weeks on Zero Belly Diet revealed she’d dropped her total cholesterol by 25 percent and her blood glucose level by 10 percent.
Also genetics plays a role in carrying more belly fat, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to look like a sumo wrestler the rest of your life. Eating less sugar is something that has been proven to reduce visceral belly fat and it’s something all of us can do (at least those of us with willpower).
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK) seconds this, stating that obesity— which presumably includes carrying extra belly fat — can contribute significantly to the following health problems: