In the last issue of US Weekly they did an article on “Foods That Whittle Your Middle.” I came across the magazine and wanted to share the tips of this article with you. Summer is here for most of us, weather wise, and it is important to know how to fuel your body and eat healthy for some positive results.
I also included a video from Us Weekly that asked The Biggest Loser trainer — Bob Harper — and author of the new diet (avoid these 4 diet mistakes) book The Skinny Rules (out now) — for his top five tips to slim down just in time to hit the beach.
Grapefruit: Filled with water & fiber. Eating half a grapefruit with meals promotes weight loss (new science-backed research).
Researchers speculate that the chemical properties of grapefruit reduce insulin levels and encourage weight loss (read the research).
Spinach: It is only seven calories a cup uncooked and included a ton of folate which in turns lowers your stress hormones. It is those stress hormones that make you gain weight in your middle section. Have it in a salad, or even include it in a smoothie or juice.
Eggs [ cage free ]: Containing B12, which is an energizing vitamin that helps boost the metabolism & burn fat. Protein also keeps you full.
Chili Pepper/Flakes: Increases metabolism which in turn increases calorie burning. Add it to hummus, salsa, chicken, pizza, cottage cheese or soups. Such a tasty spice.
Dark Chocolate: the perfect dessert in moderation & a healthy fat [ other healthy fats: avocado, olive oil, nuts, & olives ] Dark chocolate rates low on the glycemic index, which means it breaks down slowly in the digestive tract. Low glycemic foods promote feelings of fullness and suppress appetite.
Greek yogurt: High calcium and protein content. Plain Greek yogurt is also very low in carbohydrates, making it diabetic-friendly.
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that dieters on a high-calcium yogurt lost 81% more belly fat than dieters on a low-calcium diet (avoid these 4 diet mistakes).
Berries: Low calorie foods that are rich in nutrients and full of fiber to help you feel full.
Pineapple: High in vitamin C, aids digestion and helps prevent inflammation and swelling. Eating this fruit can also help eliminate bloat.