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.
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 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
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.
Scientists have discovered that the number of fat cells you will develop depends entirely on your genes. If your parents or grandparents had excess belly fat, you too might have the same. Yes, it is true that genetics is a determinant of how the fat is distributed.
Partly because of genetics, including the effects of “fetal and postnatal imprinting,” or passing on likelihood of obesity from mom to baby. Research now shows that a mother’s environment, habits and diet during pregnancy can have lasting consequences on body weight and risk of chronic disease in the offspring. (2)
Saturated fat is actually GOOD for you. Polyunsaturated (vegetable oil) is what you want to avoid like the plague. Eggs, butter, cheese–it won’t hurt you. Furthermore, these things have vitamin K2 (primarily cheese) that help decrease your chances of a heart attack. How? Well, D3 optimizes calcium absorption. Thing of it is, the calcium gets deposited wherever (like in your arteries). The K2 directs it to where it needs to go, and takes it from where it doesn’t belong. And avoid soy unless it’s non-GMO AND fermented (and I think sprouted). That will kill your thyroid.
Snack: Hummus and Raw Veggies. Protein, healthy fat, fiber, antioxidants…this snack has it all. Make your own hummus or use store bought, but either way make sure you insisting on quality ingredients.
Research also shows that fasted training increases blood flow to the abdominal region, which further helps burn belly fat away (the better the blood flow to a region, the more catecholamines can reach it).
Provided the marketing material is not taken too seriously, this is a healthy diet, and, when followed will probably result in weight loss. The claim that it will specifically target visceral belly fat seems to have little basis in research however.
Lunch: Easy Burritos. Making a simple burrito is a great way to have a simple healthy lunch filled with protein and fiber. All you need to do is fill a whole grain tortilla with beans, spinach leafs, and a small amount of cheese and heat in the microwave. Garnish with as much salsa as you like, but be sure to check that your salsa choice has no added sugars.
Whole-grain rye crackers, sometimes called crispbreads, offer a low-fat, fiber-packed alternative to traditional crackers. Research suggests people who replace refined grains with whole grains tend to have less belly fat. Whole grains also provide a richer assortment of plant nutrients. This doesn’t just apply to crackers. You can get the same benefits by switching to whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas.
Hi Kelsey, 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/
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).
These 5 foods boast pound-shedding powers because they work in ways that reduce your appetite, increase thermic temperature, and rev up your metabolism. People who sneak these foolproof, flab-fighting foods in their diet have an easier time losing weight than people who are only focused on nutrition fact numbers. Reach for these foods when you want a satisfying snack or add them to your meals! Either way, these nutritional powerhouses will battle belly fat and help you keep it off for good.