In regards to whether the plan would be suitable for you, it would be something best answered by your doctor. Any change in diet or training, everyone should consult a medical professional to make sure that it is safe and okay to do so for that specific person, as everyone is different and has different needs. So we would definitely recommend checking before starting any new diet plan. Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear about your conditions, hopefully things are looking up for you now!
Americans are getting less sleep than ever these days and it’s taking a toll on our health—most visibly on our waistlines. Losing just 30 minutes of sleep per night can make you gain weight, according to a study done by the Endocrine Society. Worse, that weight is more likely to go straight to your tummy. Instead, the researchers found, the best sleep cycle is one that follows your natural circadian rhythms, which means sleeping and waking around the same time as the sun.
Hey Brandon (great name my brother’s name is Brandon) — the short answer is NOTHING. Let me clarify (and these are my opinions but they are backed by real world results)… the action of lifting a “weight” forces muscle fibers to react a different way and as a results the muscle building tends to be superior. Case in point… (and I have done this)… if I were to go off my weight lifting routine and simply do things like push-ups and other “body-weight” exercises my weight lifting strength has always plummeted (this happens for most people). Why? because there is just something about lifting weights that really strengthens the muscle fiber. NOW… this doesn’t mean you can’t get results dong things like push ups (you certainly can)… but in my opinion the results are not going to be the same. It’s like the difference between long distance running and sprinting. Both are “running”… but the results over time on the human body are very different. Sprinters tend to get “ripped” while long distance runners tend to lose muscle because there bodies are adapting to “oxygen” needs. First of all I’d do I can to lift weights… but if I… Read more »
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Hi Julia, 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/
Those farmers’ market stands sure are pretty, aren’t they? But are you actually buying the foods or just documenting the lovely colors? Buy the things, girl! “We need a minimum of five fruits or veggies each day to meet our nutritional needs,” Bedwell says. “Plus, all fruits and veggies are great flat-belly foods as most of them are 80-90 percent water. This means they are high in nutrients but low in calories. Not to mention, the fiber they contain helps you feel fuller longer, so you’ll lose weight without feeling hungry all the time!”
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Choose lean proteins, such as chicken breast, white fish or tofu, and plenty of leafy greens to fill up your plate at most meals. Opt for just 1/2 cup of whole grains, such as brown rice or quinoa, instead of refined grains. Snack on whole foods such as fresh fruit and raw nuts, or enjoy a container of plain Greek yogurt.
Dinner: Shrimp and Zoodles. You’ll never missed the refined carbs when you replace zoodles with noodles! Shrimp & Zoodle Recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/04/zucchini-noodles-zoodles-with-lemon.html
Although there are a few studies that have suggested green tea helps boost weight loss, there is also evidence (in a study published in The Journal of Nutrition) that green tea targets belly fat and can make it the first area targeted during weight loss. In other words, it makes losing belly fat easier. The precise mechanisms by which green tea works is still poorly understood. However, scientists do believe that green tea increases the rate at which fat is broken down by the body. Green tea is also thought to help improve insulin sensitivity (i.e. better blood sugar regulation), which helps reduce cravings for refined carbohydrates and sugar and decrease the risk of diabetes.
Dark chocolate is not off limits when you are trying to lose weight as long as it is dark chocolate that is full of powerful antioxidants including Polyphenols and Flavonoids that help keep your arteries clear and prevent heart attacks (68)
Making your diet a little nuttier could help shrink your belly. According to a study from the Archives of Internal Medicine, more than 1,200 adults were put into one of three diet groups. One followed a Mediterranean diet and ate an ounce of nuts (mainly walnuts) daily, a second followed a Mediterranean diet and consumed a liter of olive oil every week, and a third served as a control. Only the group eating nuts decreased their abdominal fat.
Hi Mariah, 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/
Focus on eating real foods, especially veggies, when you’re learning how to lose belly fat. This will help not only get rid of the unwanted visceral fat but also give your body the vital nutrients it needs to function properly. Believe me, you’ll feel and see the difference when you make the switch from fake foods to healthy real foods.
For example, dangerous visceral fat — the type of deep fat that tends to accumulate near your belly, surrounding your vital organs — raises the risk for serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and many others. According to a report published in the Lancet, as of 2005, globally “Excess body weight was the sixth most important risk factor contributing to the overall burden of disease worldwide.” (1) The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in 2005 approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide were overweight and that at least 400 million adults were obese.
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Those trans fats on your menu are hiding out in plain sight and sabotaging your lean belly plans every time you eat them. If a food product says it contains partially hydrogenated oils, you’re eating trans fat, which can increase your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and obesity with every bite. In fact, research conducted at Wake Forest University reveals that monkeys whose diets contained eight percent trans fat upped their body fat by 7.2 percent over a six-year study, while those who ate monounsaturated fat gained just a fraction of that amount. Instead of letting harmful trans fat take up space on your menu, fill up with the 20 Healthy Fats to Make You Thin.
Lunch: Burrito Bowl. Copy this popular restaurant menu item by layering beans, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced chicken, salsa and avocado to create a burrito bowl at your own house. Go sparingly on the cheese and brown rice, or omit them entirely if calories are a concern.
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.
Lunch: Quick Quesadilla. Fill a whole grain or gluten free tortilla with loads of spinach, slices of avocado, and a sprinkle of cheese. Pan fry in coconut oil for a crispy finish or microwave if you’re pressed for time.
This diet plan is very similar to a Mediterranean diet, containing 47 percent of calories from carbohydrates, 38 percent of calories from fat, and 15 percent of calories from protein. The majority of the fat in this diet came from extra virgin olive oil; however avocados and macadamia nuts are other good examples of foods high in monounsaturated fat.
There is some discussion about the emotional component of eating and the need to monitor what you consume and how you are feeling. Let’s face it, there is a lot that impacts what, when, why, and how much we eat. Some people need more support and guidance on making this behavior change than what is covered in this book.
The bottom line is if you’re a guy over 10% body fat or a girl over 20%, you’re going to have a fair amount of belly fat to lose if you want to have skin-tight abs. That look requires 7 to 8% body fat in men and 17 to 18% in women. There’s just no way around it.
Obviously that’s pretty extreme and I wouldn’t advise doing it (unless you were in a supervised environment), but it hits home the point that losing belly fat comes down to reducing your caloric intake to a degree where your body can start eating away at its own fat stores.
It’s no secret that fast and processed foods aren’t the best options for weight loss. But they’re especially bad for belly fat. The trans fat found in processed foods actually tells your body to move the relatively harmless fat stored elsewhere on your body to your belly, where it’ll expand your waistline and contribute to heart disease. As a result, trans fat-containing foods are one of the only foods that directly add fat to your belly — unlike most foods, that just have the potential to trigger weight gain all over.
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).
There’s a good amount of evidence to suggestion that protein is key to losing tummy fat. Firstly, it releases the hormone PYY, which helps to send a message to your brain that you’re full. A dollop of protein in a meal should help you avoid overeating.
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.
Oatmeal has three things going for it: fiber-rich whole-grain oats, lots of water, and it’s hot. It’s a very filling combination. Hot food takes longer to eat, and all that liquid and fiber will help you feel full longer. Avoid super-sugary oatmeal. Stirring in cinnamon or nutmeg will give you a sweet taste with less sugar.
Farro or emmer is a wheat product that is dried and sold. It can be consumed after cooking in water and adding to soups and salads. It is high in dietary fiber, iron, B vitamins, zinc, protein, and magnesium. Since it is a good source of protein and dietary fiber, it keeps you satiated for a long duration, helps build lean muscle, and cleanses the colon. Consume farro for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you will notice the difference in your hunger cycle immediately.