How to build meal plans that allow you to build muscle, lose fat, and get healthy with ease…eating foods you love (yes, including those deemed “unclean” by certain “gurus”)…and never feeling starved, deprived, or like you’re “on a diet.”
1. The side plank exercise is the best way to reduce belly fat. There are only two points of contact with the floor which helps the core muscles to contract even harder. Lie on your side with your legs top of each other, rest on your lower forearm that is bent on the elbow. Force your upper body off the floor by using your forearm and place other hand on your hips. You should resemble a diagonal line from head to toe. After you lift your bodies just hold it for 30-60 seconds.
Lunch: Lettuce Wraps. Skip the carb loaded bread and effortlessly add extra greens to your lunch by skipping the bread on your favorite sandwich in favor of wrapping up your sandwich in large lettuce leaves.
Snack: Black bean brownies. If you are looking for a treat that won’t derail your healthy goals, this is for you. Black Bean Brownie Recipes: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/
7. Work against gravity. Using an L-seat at the gym to do hanging leg lifts is one of the best exercises for your midsection. You’re using the weight of your own legs against gravity. To do it: Support yourself on an L-seat with your forearms, legs hanging straight. Using your midsection muscles, slowly pull your knees up toward your chest and then lower. Keep your back against the seat, and don’t swing your legs. For a more advanced move, keep your legs straight as you lift them.
The primary part of this diet begins after the initial four-day diet. This part will last for 28 days. The 1,600-calorie requirement is set based on a “40+ woman of average height, frame size, and activity level to get to and stay at her ideal body weight.” Again, this calorie level is not going to be ideal for everyone. The guidelines for this part are
Want a flatter stomach? Look in your glass—milk and soda are two major causes of tummy inflation. Approximately 65 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy, which means that your glass of warm milk before bed may be the reason you wake up with too-tight pajamas. These are signs you might be lactose intolerant. And when it comes to soda, both regular and diet are belly busters both from the sweeteners used and the carbonation. Try eliminating these from your diet and see if it helps flatten your tummy.
Some studies suggest cinnamon may have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels. This could curb your appetite, particularly in people with type 2 diabetes. Nearly everyone can benefit from cinnamon in its traditional role. Stir some into your coffee, tea, or yogurt to add sweetness without adding calories.
Hi Kay, 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/
Eating real foods will also result in you eating more of a high-fiber diet, beneficial for controlling appetite, digestion, heart health and more. It’s been stated by certain obesity researchers that “Increasing consumption of dietary fiber with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes across the life cycle is a critical step in stemming the epidemic of obesity.” (5) In particular, up your soluble fiber, found in oats, barley, peas, carrots, beans, apples, citrus fruits and psyllium. Soluble fiber will attach to cholesterol particles and remove them from your digestive system, thus lowering your risk of heart disease as well as help you lose fat.
If your testosterone levels are high—something that can occur with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)—you might have difficulty losing weight. “If you’re an apple shape and overweight, it’s a good idea to see your doctor,” Dr. Kashyap says, since there may also be a chance that you are prediabetic or diabetic.
Who knew there was a connection between a spicy pepper scorching your mouth and burning your belly fat? Scientists did! According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, daily consumption of one of the compounds found in pepper (capsaicin) speeds up abdominal fat loss by boosting the body’s ability to convert food into energy. It also acts as a natural appetite suppressant: men who ate spicy appetizers consumed 200 fewer calories at later meals than those that did not, a study by Canadian researchers found. All you have to do to reap the benefits is use a pinch of cayenne pepper to season grilled fish, meats, and eggs.
Foods rich in the amino acid leucine can help build the lean muscle mass that’s needed to trim excess fat from your frame, according to Jennifer McDaniel MS, RDN, CSSD, LD. It literally jumpstarts the process of developing muscle mass—and red meats are one of the best sources around. Go grass-fed to get the added benefits of omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acids — these two fatty acids help to decrease the inflammation in your body that causes fat storage.
Doing crunches until the cows come home? Stop it! When you’re down to your final inches of belly fat, the dreaded crunch won’t be the exercise that finally reveals your six-pack. “You can’t spot reduce,” Jill says. Instead, she suggests doing functional exercises that use the muscles in your core—abdominals, back, pelvic, obliques—as well as other body parts. “These exercises use more muscles, so there is a higher rate of calorie burn while you are doing them,” she says. Planks are her favorite functional exercise—they activate not just your core muscles but also your arm, leg, and butt muscles.
The quick fix or that “magic” nutrient that add or remove from your diet is not what it takes to achieve long-term success with weight loss. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults states that successful weight loss and maintenance requires diet, physical activity, and behavior modifications. The goal needs to be making changes that you can maintain so that you do not put back on the weight that you lost. While this book provides some useful recipes and information about body fat and monounsaturated fats, it is probably not going to help you achieve long-term success with weight loss if you have a substantial amount to lose.
Hello! After having my son, I began counting calories and working out about 4 times a week. I did lose 20 lbs, but my stomach never got flat. I don’t want to lose too much more weight, but I would like to really get my stomach back flat. What can I do?
However, aging also plays a role. Muscle mass might diminish slightly with age, while fat increases. Loss of muscle mass also decreases the rate at which your body uses calories, which can make it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight.
Yes. Most dieting requirements can be met by means of the Flat Belly Diet. Almost every diet variation out there can be achieved with the Flat Belly Diet, including gluten-free, low to no salt, Kosher, Halal, vegan or vegetarian.
Eat smaller meals throughout the day to aid digestion and improve metabolism that can help when losing belly fat. Skew your meals so you’re eating about seventy-five percent of your food before your evening meal so you’ll have time to burn off excess calories before bed.
Hi Adrian, I’ve been trying to lose my last 10 lbs which is all in my belly. I started taking a fat burner , up my proteins big time because I fear losing my curves and butt while trying to lose belly fat in the process. I do cardio and weight training 3-5 days a week, yet I’m still not losing belly fat after 4 weeks. My weight stays the same. I don’t bother keeping a food log and therefore doesn’t know how many calories I’m eating although I eat very healthy. I’m afraid of eating too little so as to not lose my curves and butt. Should I still keep a food log and count calories? Is that going to help me with losing my belly fat even though I’m afraid of losing my curves?
Some great sources of fiber include various whole grain products, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans. These, by the way, are foods that are also rich in other nutrients your body craves naturally. Processed foods, however, are poor sources of fiber. White flour products including regular pasta is in this category. Also, watch out for high fiber cereals as many of these are also high in sugar. If a person wants to lose belly fat naturally they have to realize process foods are a no-no.
During the 4-day Jumpstart, you’ll see pounds and inches peel off as the plan attacks the bloat that’s built up in your belly. For starters, you’ll look and feel lighter, leaner, and trimmer—and your pants will be looser! Instant results=motivation to keep going!
Look guys, you must understand that for the most part, belly fat is “abnormal”. I’m talking the stuff that most of you have directly above and below and surrounding your belly button (just like in the photo below).
Belly fat isn’t just that pesky pudge over your waistband — it can be a serious health risk. While some of your belly fat is that pinchable, under-the-skin kind (which can be annoying, but not a serious health concern) some of it is visceral fat, which surrounds your internal organs, pushes your abdominal wall out to create that lovely “beer belly” appearance, and directly contributes to heart disease.
Whichever you prefer! Many recipes will cater to 2-4 people, so either cook more (and freeze if possible) or share with someone else or adjust the recipe accordingly, to make one serving. Whichever works best for you and your situation. Thanks for your comment!