March 18, 2015

Postive Mom Magazine: Eat More for Flatter Abs!

Eat More for Flatter Abs! Yes, We Said More!

It’s a new year and you, along with millions of others, want to trim down for 2015! Want flatter abs? Read on.

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Belly Fat Diet for Dummies

Belly Fat Diet For Dummies author Erin Palinski-Wade has offered her advice on foods that can give you flatter abs. Wade says that one of the ways to burn off belly fat without feeling hungry is by making sure you’re eating healthy proteins such as plant based proteins (like lentils and soybeans), fish and white meat poultry. Unrefined whole grain carbohydrates also satisfy and keep you feeling full longer. Dairy also helps you shed body fat as it is rich in whey, a protein that helps boost the metabolism. The nutritionist adds that the key to losing weight isn’t in the foods that you avoid, it’s actually in the foods you start eating. She says, “That’s right…in order to fight belly fat you need to eat more!”

But don’t just eat any more of any food!

To get flatter abs, Wade adds, “You want to start increasing your intake of foods and nutrients that have been proven to shrink unsightly and unhealthy belly fat.”

Here is her list of 5 Foods That Can Flatten Your Belly

Blueberries

Blueberries help to give you flatter abs.

Blueberries

Already known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, blueberries may have another surprising benefit- they can shrink belly fat and help you achieve flatter abs! A study at the University of Michigan found that when rats were fed a diet containing blueberries consistently over a three month period, they showed a significant reduction in abdominal fat. And even better- triglyceride levels dropped and insulin sensitivity increased meaning this delicious berry may also help to fight heart disease and type 2 diabetes!

Clams

Clams help to give you flatter abs

Clams

Clams are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are not only strong anti-inflammatory nutrients, but they also help to regulate stress hormones. When stress hormones such as cortisol are elevated in your body, it causes your body to store more fat- specifically belly fat. However, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent cortisol levels and other stress hormones from peaking, meaning less of these hormones are circulating in your body, and therefore you start to store less belly fat. Matlaw’s New England Style Stuffed Clams are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, and the individual waist line friendly shell provides portion control. They even come in a variety of flavors including Bacon & Cheese (80 calories and only 1g of sat fat) and Chorizo (85 calories, 0g sat fat) so you can still enjoy flavors you love and keep your belly flat.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit helps to give you flatter abs

Grapefruit

A recent study found that when obese adults consumed half a grapefruit or four ounces of 100% grapefruit juice before three main meals, they experienced a significant decrease in both body weight and waist circumference. This may be due to the high water content of the grapefruit helping these individuals to feel satisfied, helping them reduce their portions of other foods. And one extra belly-fighting benefit of grapefruit- it contains diuretic properties helping you shed unwanted water weight which can bloat your belly.

Low Fat Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese helps to give you flatter abs

Cottage Cheese

You’ve probably heard that “milk does a body good” but did you know dairy products can also do your belly good and help to flatten your abs? Diets rich in dairy have been shown to be effective in reducing body fat, especially in the midsection. These findings may be in part due to calcium’s crucial role in regulating how fat is stored and broken down by the body. Dairy products are also rich in the amino acid arginine, which has been shown to help promote fat loss and increase muscle mass. Be sure to include some dairy in your diet daily- but make sure it’s the right kind such as Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese, a great source of protein with 13 grams per half cup, which keeps you full longer and helps keep away cravings for foods that may be less than belly friendly.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Research has found that the active compound methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP) in cinnamon makes fat cells more receptive to insulin. When cells are more receptive to insulin, they allow the insulin to transport sugar into the cells for energy, thus keeping insulin levels in the bloodstream low. High insulin levels trigger the body to store more fat, especially in your midsection. So consuming a seasoning like McCormick Ground Cinnamon that helps maintain healthy levels of insulin is a great way to combat belly fat. Try sprinkling cinnamon on everything from oatmeal to apples, and even popcorn.

When it comes to shedding belly fat and getting flatter abs, it isn’t all in just what you eat either. When it comes to weight loss, a lifestyle change that is customized to you and your dietary habits is the key to success. Just as we all have different personalities, we also each have a unique weight loss personality. This is why a ‘one size fits all’ approach to weight loss just doesn’t work. Tailoring a plan to your lifestyle is necessary for both weight loss, and most importantly- weight maintenance following weight loss. Consult with a registered dietitian for a personalize weight loss plan that can work for you. This not only will help you to shed belly fat, but to keep it off for good.