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Flat Belly Foods: The Do’s and Don’ts

You’ve probably heard the saying that “abs are made in the kitchen.” While toned abdominal muscles will take strength training, a flat belly figure comes mostly from what you eat and how your individual metabolism works. We’ve put together some suggestions for what to eat if you want to whittle down your middle.

THE DON’TS

Don’t eat foods that may be causing inflammation and bloating in your body. The most common of these are are processed wheats, fake butters, soy, corn and vegetable oils.

Don’t drink your toxins. Most soft drinks contain high sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners, all of which contribute to increased belly fat.

Don’t forget about pesticides. Find fresh produce from a local source, like a farmer’s market, or commit to buying organic.

THE DO’S

Do pay attention to your body’s response to dairy products. Many people aren’t aware of their intolerance for cow’s milk dairy and continue to drink it and eat products created from it daily. Switch to homemade coconut milk for all your milk needs and see a significant decrease in belly fat.

Do hydrate with enough water. Adequate amounts of water are essential for making sure that your body can create its ideal environment for fat burning, especially in your tummy.

Do strengthen your core. The more lean muscle mass that you build in your body, the higher your resting metabolism will be, which equals more calories burned each day. Try out this at-home core strength workout.

Do increase your intake of organic, unrefined coconut oil. It is actually one of the only foods out there that can significantly increase your metabolic rate.

Do find a way to de-stress your life and your body. Whether that’s a yoga class, meditation, or simply learning to say NO to the commitments and people you don’t have the desire to add to your day, increased levels of stress have been shown to be one of the leading causes of belly fat accumulation.

Do ease up on the grains. Although there are many grains that offer good nutritional value, they just may be to blame for your belly fat. Only have 1-2 servings of grains like rice, quinoa, millet and amaranth each day.

Do choose grass-fed meats over grain-fed. Grass fed meats are naturally high in omega-3 fats and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) both of which have been found to increase fat burning all over the body.

Do try to add these 25 best flat belly foods to your weekly diet. Just be sure to pay extra attention to intake with the dairy and grains.

Source: My Thirty Spot

We Found The Perfect Wedding Diet Guide

While choosing font styles for invitations, designing your seating chart, and creating a playlist for the DJ that gets guests moving but keeps Uncle Bob from breaking out his polka moves, it can be difficult to find the time to work towards your wedding day weight loss goals.

We know how hectic the months leading up to your wedding day can be, so we scouted out a solution and found Redbook’s Wedding Dress Challenge, a doable wedding diet and fitness plan that helps you get your body back while planning for the big day.

Just like wedding planning, the key to successful weight loss is finding ways to simplify the process and organize the details.

With week-by-week healthy eating plans, nutrition checklists, wedding workout tips, and more, the Wedding Dress Challenge simplifies and organizes all the details of your weight loss goals.

Our favorite part is the The Wedding Dress Challenge’s nutrition checklists, which you print out by week to help you track your daily food intake. Here’s an example from Week One: 

Source: RedbookMag

We love it! How do you balance wedding planning and weight loss goals? Share your tips with us in a comment.

Top 10 Foods for Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, so we’re focusing on foods that support a healthy blood pressure, good cholesterol, and low blood sugar levels. We rounded up all of the benefits that weight loss can have on your heart, but specific foods can also help to keep your body’s strongest muscle circulating optimally.

As you make daily food choices, base your eating pattern on these recommendations from the American Heart Association:

  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
  • Select fat-free, 1 percent fat, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
  • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day.
  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
  • Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. Aim to eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. Learn more about limiting sodium.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man.
  • Follow the American Heart Association recommendations when you eat out, and keep an eye on your portion sizes.

Heart Healthy Foods Greater Pittsburgh Medical Weight Loss

 

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This Is How Your Plate Should Look (Infographic)

Food is your fuel. And while this is a great guide on how to fill the tank, portion control is only one part of eating healthy. It’s important to pay attention to what you’re putting on your plate, but also when you’re eating.

Check out our Our Healthy How-To Eating Guide for the secrets to losing weight just by ensuring you’re eating enough, often enough and healthy enough.

This Is How Your Plate Should Look