The one thing that all my clients have in common, be they male or female, is that they are looking to lose fat. The extra pouch they are carrying around? They want it gone! Like, yesterday!! Now, they want their extra inches gone for aesthetic reasons but there are some important health reasons to get rid of those inches of excess.
Having excess fat around the mid-section has been correlated to higher occurrences of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. It is a sign of chronic inflammation and that is not good for your health and wellbeing. As if your health is not enough of an incentive to lose those excess pounds and inches, a strong & fit core also protects you from injuries that may occur during the course of your daily routine, strengthens your back and improves your sex life! How’s that for motivation? That certainly got me motivated and since I changed my diet and lifestyle I lost a good 4 inches around my waist. And I’ve maintained it! How much can you lose?
To get your started, here are some foods whose intake you should increase in order to release the extra weight and inches.
Green Tea - I’m sure you’ve heard that green tea is good for you. It contains antioxidants, catechins, that can stimulate metabolism and stimulate the body to burn abdominal fat.
Greek Yogurt - packed with protein which takes your body longer to digest keeping you satisfied longer. A bonus is that your body burns more calories while digesting protein than carbs. Stick to plain yogurt and use fresh berries or a little raw honey to sweeten it but avoid flavored greek yogurt.
Quinoa - is a gluten-free grain that has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a one cup serving. Loaded with vitamins and minerals it is nutritious and satisfying; and can be eaten with lean protein or as part of an arugula salad.
Raw Vegetables - cucumbers, carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers make a great snack that keeps your tummy full and happy and is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that give your body the nutrition it needs. And they are crunchy, so choose to snack on these instead of chips. Add a little sea salt, olive oil and cayenne pepper or some almond butter for some added taste.
Organic Eggs - low in calories and a good source of high-quality protein. Studies have shown that eating protein in the morning will help keep you full longer vs. a carb-heavy breakfast, making it less likely for you to reach for a mid-morning snack.
Berries - are high in water and fiber keeping you satisfied and they will also satisfy your sweet tooth for a fraction of the calories of cookies or brownies! The added benefit is that they are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients.
I would eat one of these first, before you eat your ‘regular’ meal, or you can start by replacing one of your meals with a combination of these foods. Get creative. Experiment! And enjoy yourself!
Berry Kale Smoothie
1 organic kale leaf, center stalk removed
½ organic blueberries
½ organic strawberries
1 tbsp Pure Synergy Green Superfood Powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups purified water (add more/less depending on your taste)
Blend well and bottoms up!
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