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Belly Fat

What foods can I eat to get rid of belly fat?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    More than half of all American women struggle with extra belly fat. One reason why it’s tough to burn fat around your middle is because of stress. Fight-or-flight hormones send the body a message telling it to hold onto excess padding. To burn excess belly fat in just seven days, try:
    • 1,000mg GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) before every meal
    • 1 cup of beans at every meal
    For one week, take 1,000 mg of the supplement GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid that sends calming chemicals to the body’s fat cells, signaling them to give up some of their fat stores.

    Also add 1 cup of beans to every meal. Beans are loaded with soluble fiber, which promotes good bacteria in the gut, thus lowering inflammation linked to belly fat. Try adding beans to your diet, three times a day for seven days. Here are some suggestions:
    • Breakfast: Eat 1 cup of chickpeas
    • Lunch: Mix 1 cup of black beans into a healthy frozen meal
    • Dinner: Add 1 cup of navy or other beans as a side dish
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  • While there are no foods that really target belly fat (although there are plenty of opinions and theory!) following a healthy, whole foods based approach to eating helps maintain a trim mid-section. Labeled as "clean eating" or as I call it "lean eating," this nutritional intake consists of eating a variety of fruits and fresh vegetables, along with lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. In order to avoid storing excess fat in the abdominals, stay away from processed foods and fake sugars (Splenda, Sweet 'n Low, aspartame, saccharine, etc). These things lead to the body storing more belly fat which is unhealthy for your overall health and quality of life.

    Go for unprocessed foods that are in season (which means they'll be cheaper at the store) and eat every 3-4 hours to keep the metabolism running high.

    For a complete example of a lean eating meal plan check out www.michellecfitness.com.
  • The most effective foods for losing weight (including belly fat) are healthy fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. These foods provide essential vitamins, minerals, satiety (feeling of fullness) and are low-calorie.

    Genetics dictates where your body burns fat. For example, you may desire to lose weight in your abdomen, but very often, the place you most want to lose it is the last place it burns. This is known as spot reducing and it doesn’t work. You cannot burn fat in one particular area on your body. While it's true that you can build muscle in different locations of your body such as your legs and buttocks based on what strength-training exercises you do, there's no way to "spot reduce" fat. But by keeping a consistent healthy-diet and regular exercise plan eventually you will achieve a flat midsection.

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  • AWeight Watchers® answered

    Your belly fat will disappear as you reduce calories and exercise on an overall weight-loss plan. You cannot reduce fat in a particular spot, although you can spot strengthen.

    Body fat is systemic. As you lose weight, fat cells throughout your body give up fat and you get smaller all over, including your belly.

    You can tone the underlying muscles of your belly and strengthen your core with abdominal exercises such as crunches. As you lose weight, you'll be able to see the work you've done.

    Weight Watchers offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss that can help you reach your goals. Learn more about Weight Watchers and how to join.

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