No one likes a belly that jiggles. And the larger your middle is, the more you increase your chances of developing a serious health condition such as diabetes or heart disease.
The key to keeping your belly trim is to follow a diet that has beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and is high in fiber, like this one from the editors of Prevention Magazine, found in their book “List Maker’s Get Healthy Guide.”
Leafy greens are a great source of both omega-3 and omega-6s. Consuming plant foods, like lettuce, help our bodies convert alpha-linolenic acid into even more omega-3s: EPA and DHA, according to the List Maker’s Get Healthy Guide.
Lean proteins, like grilled chicken, low-fat cheese, or lean beef also have omega-3s. Chickens who are fed a diet rich in flax and greens produce eggs that are as high in EPA and DHA as many species of fish, according to the book.
Fish, like salmon, should be eaten at least twice a week. Of course, if this is not possible, fish oil supplements are a great way to get the dose of omega-3 your body needs.
If you are trying to lose weight, swap out white bread, pasta and white flour for whole wheat and whole grain products. According to the book, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition found that dieters who ate five servings of whole grains every day for 12 weeks lost twice as much belly fat as those who ate refined carbs.
The catechins in green tea stimulate the body’s fight or flight response, which makes burning fat more effective.
Probiotics are known to aid in digestion and reduce constipation and bloating, so try eating yogurt, cottage cheese or any other dairy product that uses the phrase “live active culture.”
Bananas are high in potassium and help your body get rid of excess water weight. When your body has too much sodium, it will naturally hold on to as much water as possible. So by replacing the potassium, you are flushing out the extra water. Other sources of potassium include potatoes, papayas and oranges.
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