The book begins with a detailed discussion about the two primary types of body fat: subcutaneous and visceral fat. The subcutaneous fat is the fat underneath your skin, and the visceral fat is the inner fat that surrounds your organs. There is no disputing the fact that visceral fat is the most dangerous one for our health. The error that this diet makes is stating that it’s the most difficult fat to lose and that the only way to minimize it is to eat the right kind of fat. Visceral fat is actually easier to lose than subcutaneous fat and can be lost without any changes to your diet. In fact, studies have shown a reduction in visceral fat with moderate exercise and very little weight loss. Research shows that the ideal approach to decreasing visceral fat is to focus on increasing your activity level, decreasing your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, consuming complex carbohydrates and lean meats in place of refined carbohydrates, limiting your intake of alcohol, and consuming polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats in place of saturated and trans fats. Unfortunately, this diet only focuses on monounsaturated fats (MUFA).
Monounsaturated fatty acids, AKA MUFAs, are “good” fatty acids that seek out and destroy belly fat according to the Flat Belly Diet. These fatty acids are unlike the “bad” fatty acids which are derived from animal fats and instead come from plant based fats. The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and is also supplemented with a Mediterranean style diet. The diet program is an online guide to helping you kick unwanted stubborn belly fat to the curb with delicious meal plans everyday. They are offering a 21 day trial on the website now, but you will get charged $45.50 for installment and then another $15.50 each month after that if you sign up for the 3 month “Best Deal” package. Noted upfront, Debit Cards are not accepted and their cancellation policy as stated on the website is, “You may cancel your plan at any time by emailing or calling customer service, or online at the “My Account” page.” *
Get in the habit of reading food labels, Blatner advises. When buying processed, canned, or frozen foods, shoot for no more than 500 mg of sodium per serving in any product — or a total of 1,500 to 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Look for labels that say “sodium free,” “low sodium,” or “very low sodium.”
We now know that this type of fat, called visceral fat, churns out stress hormones like cortisol and inflammatory substances called cytokines that affect the body’s production of insulin. The result: It’s worse than just being generally overweight; you’re looking at increased risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. (Give your entire body a shape-up in just minutes a day with the exclusive ballet-inspired routines from Prevention’s Flat Belly Barre!)
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Are you committed to the work needed to lose belly fat? “Reducing belly fat takes a combination approach of a low-calorie diet that is high in fiber and low in carbohydrates and sugar along with cardiovascular and weight training,” Dr. Kashyap says. “If you are willing to do the work, you can move past genetics and lose it.”
In a study published in the Journal of the Science and Food of Agriculture in 2014, researchers found that overweight rats who were given gingerol (a compound found in ginger) were able to lose weight after a 30-day supplementation period. The rats also showed improvements to blood sugar levels and leptin levels.1
Couscous, spaghetti, and cornflakes are made from refined grains (though whole-grain options may be available). But popcorn is a whole-grain food that can boost fiber. The best way to prepare popcorn is with an air-popper, which requires no oil for cooking. Read labels to see what oils have been added to microwave popcorn.
Probiotics may reduce the number of calories you absorb from food. They also affect hormones and proteins related to appetite and fat storage. They may also reduce inflammation, which can drive obesity.
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).
7. Tart cherries – In a study conducted by the University of Michigan, it was found that a diet containing tart cherries may help lower symptoms of heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a term used to refer to a group of symptoms which increase the risk of a host of heart diseases, diabetes and belly fat. In the study, the animal subjects had reduced cholesterol levels and a fat content of only 54 percent compared to the non-cherry fed group of 63 percent belly fat. Tart cherries have also been identified to have antioxidant properties.