Not only can ginger help with weight maintenance in general, it can also keep that pesky belly fat at bay. Ginger can target the main reasons that belly fat accumulates, such as overeating, hormonal changes and low energy leading to lack of exercise.
While you’ll need a well balanced diet to lose belly fat, you should zero in on three key nutrients — calcium, protein and fiber — as your fat-burning triple threat. Why’s that? Protein and fiber both make your food harder to break down, so you’ll burn more calories during digestion than if you eat foods low and protein and fiber. This is one of the only ways to really boost your metabolism, so make the most of it!
What’s more, soluble fiber may help fight belly fat. An observational study of over 1100 adults found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber intake, belly fat gain decreased by 3.7% over a 5-year period (6).
Vegetables like spinach, kale, collard greens, radish greens, carrot, broccoli, and turnip are rich in vitamins, minerals, water, and dietary fiber. In fact, their calorie content is lower than fruits. These veggies can help reduce belly fat by preventing you from overeating, boosting your metabolism, aiding good digestion, and cleansing the colon. These are low in calories and are the best options to consume as healthy snacks (cucumber, carrot, and beetroot) to curb your junk food cravings.
The fat loss game isn’t always as straightforward as “calories in vs. calories out.” Changing the type of calories you eat can also accelerate weight loss and reduction of belly fat. A ketogenic diet is a strict low-carb diet that is high in filling foods that supply mostly fats and some protein. Reducing carbs helps the body burn stored body fat for energy, usually very quickly.
For exercise, make your dominant form of activity fast-paced metabolically demanding weight training. Weight training done the right way is better at burning fat, balancing hormones and is great for your heart.
You’ll also need to weight-train to mitigate the natural loss of muscle mass as you age. A study published in a Brazilian medical journal in 2014 confirmed that post-menopausal women in their 50s who did cardio exercise, weight training and flexibility movements experienced less visceral fat gain and muscle loss than women who did not.
My criticism of the data in the book is that it is based on a Yale ‘study’ which involved a VERY small number of participants. It’s difficult to even CALL this a ‘study’, with participants numbering in the 2-digit range! However, if this method of weight loss rings your chimes, it’ll work for you. The authors state that one will lose weight, even without exercise, though they indicate that exercise is preferable. I usually like anything from the Prevention magazine folks, but this one is just ok …more
Compare 2 cups of grapes to 1/4 cup of raisins. Either choice has a little more than 100 calories, but you’ll probably be more satisfied with the grapes. Dried fruit has its place. When used sparingly, a few raisins or dried cranberries can liven up a salad.
Cut down on sugar: Sugar contains no nutrients; it just provides empty calories that your body doesn’t use. It causes blood sugar rushes and insulin spikes. Try to cut down on baked goods and heavily processed cereals that contain lots of sugar.
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One of the best sources of protein is fish. Most fish is low in fat, and the exceptions usually have a good form of fat: omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s, which are found in salmon, herring, and other fatty fish, may help protect against heart disease and other chronic conditions.
Battle belly fat with eggs! Studies show that people who eat eggs in the morning feel fuller longer. Eggs help limit your calorie intake by up to 400 calories. In addition to packing in loads of essential nutrients, an egg has only 75 calories and a whopping 7 grams of protein. Your body burns calories digesting eggs. Their filling protein and low-glycemic index will keep cravings at bay.
Do 1 – 2 low-caffeine days per week, and 1 no-caffeine day per week. A low day should be half your normal intake, and a no day means less than 50 mg of caffeine (you can have a cup or two of tea, but no coffee, caffeine pills, etc.).
According to Dr. Teruo Kawada, the study leader, “finding a compound which helps the prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases in food stuff is a great advantage to tackling these diseases, and tomato allows people to manage the onset of dyslipedemia through their daily diet.” According to Wikipedia, Dyslipedemia is a condition where there is too much lipid in the blood. This normally caused by diet and lifestyle.
Lunch: Salad in a Jar. Layer spinach leaves, chopped boiled egg, nuts, diced tomato, and grilled chicken in a jar for a salad that’s perfectly portable and perfectly tasty. Add olive oil and vinegar before eating.
The body doesn’t react to all fats in the same way. Research correlates high intake of saturated fat (the kind in meat and dairy) to increased visceral fat, says Patton. On the other hand, monounsaturated fats (the kind in olive oil and avocados) and specific types of polyunsaturated fats (mainly omega-3s, found in walnuts, sunflower seeds, and fatty fish like salmon) have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, and if eaten in proper portions may do your body good. But Patton warns that eating too much fat of any kind increases your calorie intake and could lead to weight gain, so enjoy healthy fats in moderation. More: Good Fats, Bad Fats: How to Choose
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.
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.
Vegetables are extremely healthy and must be included in your diet. But your body struggles to break it down when it is eaten raw. So it’s better to have steamed veggies instead of eating them raw. It’ll cut the extra efforts your stomach and gastrointestinal tract have to undergo in order to break those vegetables down.
Hi Anna, 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/
So here’s what I’m going to do, simply watch the two videos below (the entire length of each one) and then read the post below and I’ll elaborate on a few things. (Here’s another great post that will help you lose weight fast)
Hey Sam – sorry for the delay here… just getting the hang of this “blog commenting” setup I have here so missed a few comments. Many apologies! Anyway – two video that I think will answer your questions…
Get moving! If you do some moderate exercise, five times a week, you’ll be helping your metabolism and increase your metabolic rate. If you don’t have time for anything else, at least walk for 20 to 40 minutes every day. For more information read my article on how much walking you need to lose weight.
Lean protein like fish is a great way to fight fat and boost your metabolism. But the farmed salmon you get at the local market might not be the best bet for your belly. The cold-water fish has a well-deserved reputation for packing plenty of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids—1,253 mg of the good stuff, and just 114 mg of inflammatory, belly-busting omega 6s. But the farmed variety—and 90 percent of what we eat today is farmed—has a very different story to tell. It packs a whopping 1,900 mg of unhealthy omega-6s.
Dinner: Quinoa Bake. Looking for a meatless meal that still provides plenty of protein? Look no further: Cheesy Mushroom Broccoli Quinoa Casserole: http://iowagirleats.com/2015/02/23/cheesy-mushroom-broccoli-quinoa-casserole/
Carlsson AC, et al. Prediction of cardiovascular disease by abdominal obesity measures is dependent on body weight and sex — Results from two community based cohort studies. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. 2014;24: 891.
One of the most potent sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein per ounce found in the natural world, Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat to help your body burn belly fat. Because they have almost no flavor, you can add Chia seeds to just about anything. For more information, read these 10 Emphatic Reasons Why You Should Add Chia Seeds To Your Diet Today!
Participants often do see results, but many critics are skeptical as to whether this has anything to with MUFA. While the diet claims that belly fat is often the hardest to lose, many professionals disagree. In fact, it’s said that when weight is lost, it’s usually going to be from the belly [source: Zelman]. The Flat Belly Diet says MUFA will stifle cravings and reduce belly fat but there is little research to support this claim.
People often have food sensitivities that go unaddressed for years. If you think you may be suffering form an allergy, it’s important that you report it to your doctor who may refer you to a dietitian.
Women are more likely to gain excess belly fat, especially deep inside the belly, as they go through perimenopause and into menopause. This is due the fact that as estrogen levels drop, body fat is redistributed from the hips, thighs and buttocks to the abdomen.
Naturally, the first step in finding out how to reduce belly fat starts with food. Eating real foods from nature, instead of fake foods found in packages or boxes, is one of the best (and easiest) things you can do for yourself and your loved ones. Real foods are the ones that humans have been eating for all of history: vegetables, fruits, seeds, clean meats and fish, legumes, and others grown in healthy, rich soils without any chemicals added.
Hi Brittany, 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/