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Food, Lifestyle and Health!

Here are four little things that will surely have a big impact on your lifestyle. Number one. Replace refined carbohydrates with whole grains. Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for the body. The question is, what makes them bad? If consumed in large amounts, carbs may lead to weight gain. During digestion, the end product of carbohydrates is glycogen. A single glycogen molecule holds a significant amount of water. A gram of glycogen stores approximately 2.7 grams of water. Although it’s just water, it still adds weight. Whole grains such as barley, brown rice, oatmeal and wheat bread are packed with nutrients as well as protein. Eating whole grains leads to better weight maintenance. Number two. Change the proportion of meals. We place our desired amount food on our plates.

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7 Foods That Fight Belly Fat

Visceral fat, also known as belly fat, collects deep in the abdomen and around the internal organs. Because it is stored underneath your muscles, it won’t juggle. Instead, it will swell your midsection and will give your body a round shape, similar to an apple.

Some amount of fat is necessary to survive. You need the fat to store fuel, to insulate you from the cold, and to protect your organs. Too much belly fat, however, is a huge health threat. Not only does it interfere with the insulation production and the blood sugar regulation in the body, it also raises the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Too much belly fat also secretes cytokines, which can trigger the chronic inflammation that causes type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

What makes up the belly fat of every overweight American is the polyunsaturated fat in the adipose tissue in Omega-6 fatty acids. You can trim down this fat by eating a healthy balance of essential fats. This means replacing the omega-6 fatty acids with omega-3 fatty acids in every meal.

A big belly can also be a die effect of sluggish digestion. This can result in constipation and bloating, which can distend your belly beyond your waistband. When you include high-fiber foods in your diet, you can help move things along, leaving you with a flatter belly.

The bottom line is that the larger your midsection is, the more you are at risk for disease. This means that belly fat isn’t something that you want to have. If you have belly fat, you should get rid of it now. The following foods can help.

#1 Greens
Leafy green, legumes, and potatoes have a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than most seeds and grains. Grains have other fat melting benefits, but we will get into that later. Omega-3’s are in the leaves of the plants as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). When you consume plant foods, your body will convert ALA into even more omega-3’s EPA and DHA.

#2 Lean Proteins
Cows who are raised on grass produce meat, milk, and cheese with much more omega-3s than cows who are fed corn and soy products. Chickens who are fed a diet that is rich in flax and greens produce eggs that are high in EPA and DHA. The levels are as high as that in many species of fish.

#3 Fish
Moderate fish consumption is better for a diet that has fewer omega-6’s, which complete with the belly-flattening omega-3s. You should try to eat at least two fished based meals each week. If you aren’t a fan of fish, fish oil supplements will help.

#4 Whole Grains
A study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found that the people who were dieting and ate 5 servings of whole grains each day for 12 weeks lost twice as much belly fat as dieters who ate refined carbohydrates. According to researchers, it is the high fiber in the whole grains that provide a significant reduction in belly fat. It is best to swap your white bread, white pasta, crackers, and four with the whole wheat and other whole grain varieties.

#5 Green Tea
According to research in the Journal of Nutrition, a group of people who participated in a study drank 5 cups of green tea each day. These people had greater exercise-induced declines in ab fat than those who didn’t drink the green tea. The researchers believe that the catechins in the green tea helped to stimulate the body’s fight or flight response, which made them burn more fat while exercising.

#6 Probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial because they improve digestion and reduce bloating and constipation. This can flatten your belly. A study was performed at the University of Turku in Finland, which found that probiotics can cut your belly fat by altering the way that you store and use energy. The foods that deliver the largest dose of probiotics is cottage cheese, yogurt drinks, and other dairy products. When shopping for foods rich in probiotics, you should look for the phrase, “live active cultures” on the label.

#7 Bananas
Foods that are rich in potassium, such as bananas, can help get rid of excess water weight, which can decrease the size of your midsection. The reason that the extra fluid is there is because the two main minerals that control the amount of water that you retain in your body, potassium, and sodium, are out of balance. If your sodium level is too high, the tissue will hold onto the fluid. To restore you sodium-potassium balance, you should increase the amount of potassium that you consume. As your body begins to balance out, you will flush out all of the extra sodium as well as the excess water. Besides bananas, other good sources of potassium are oranges, papayas, tomatoes, and potatoes.

Top 10 Super Foods

All whole, fresh foods have something to offer when it comes to nutrition. However, the foods listed below are especially good for you due to their nutrient profiles. These foods may not be on your typical date, however, if you find ways to incorporate them into your regular diet, you can greatly improve your health. A group of nutritionists from Colorado State University asked 106 women to eat 8 to 10 servings of vegetables a day for 8 weeks. The women who incorporated 18 different varieties of produced into their diet reduced the rate of their DNA oxidation. This can possibly make the body more resilient against disease. The women who stuck to the same 5 foods and ate them, again and again, showed no change at all. If you are going to start incorporating these foods into your diet make sure that you mix it up a little. The foods listed below are a great place to start.

#1 Fresh Figs
In six fresh figs, there are 891 milligrams of potassium, which is known to lower your blood pressure. This also gives you close to 20 percent of your recommended daily intake. A 5-year study was performed in the Netherlands. It found that a diet high in potassium was linked to lower rates of death from all causes in healthy adults that are 55 and over. Also, one serving of figs has almost as much calcium as a ½ cup of fat-free milk. When you are shopping for figs, you should choose the one that is dry on the surface. There are plenty of ways that you can incorporate figs into your meal. You can chop them up and put them in your yogurt, you can put them in cottage cheese, and you can put them in a green salad. If you want to be creative, you can cut the figs open and stuff them with soft, low-fat cheese.

#2 Turnips
Turnips are an old-fashioned root vegetable. Just one cup of turnips contains just 18 calories and they are rich in glucosinolates, which are cancer-fighting compounds. For a low-calorie, high nutrient comfort food, you can mash the turnips and blend them into your favorite mashed potato recipe.

#3 Lychee
Lychee is a relatively unknown food. A study was performed in France and it appeared in the Journal of Nutrition. Among all of the fruits involved in the study, lychee had the second highest level of polyphenols, which is great for the heart. It had close to 15 percent more of this nutrient than you would find in grapes. To prepare lychee, you would peel the outer covering and remove the pit with a knife. You can add them to kebabs or stir-fries and they will add a sweet, grapelike flavor to your dish.

#4 Spinach
Spinach is one of the most popular leafy green vegetables. It is rich in zeaxanthin, lutein, and carotenoids. These can prevent age-related macular degeneration as well as cataracts, which is a common problem for many people. Spinach is also rich in vitamin K, which is essential for bone health in clotting. Finally, it is rich in B vitamins, especially folate, which promotes heart health.

#5 Asian Pears
In just one Asian pear, there are close to 10 grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber. This also gives you about 40 percent of the recommended daily intake. A study was performed and it found that the people who ate the most fiber had the lowest levels of LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol. Also, these people had the lowest body mass index and waist circumference.

When shopping for Asian pears, you should choose the ones that have no blemishes on the skin. You should also choose the ones with the most fragrant aroma. You can dice Asian pears and put them into salads. You can also make a delicious dessert by simmering two large pears that have been peeled, cored, and quartered and add 1 cup of white wine, 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon of honey, and enough water to cover the pears.

#6 Bok Choy
Bok Choy is loaded with glucosinolates, which is known for its potent anti-cancer properties. When bok choy is cut or chewed, the glucosinolates are converted into indoles and isothiocyanates. In recent studies, these compounds were found to inhibit or prevent the formation of tumors.

#7 Papaya
Papaya is an excellent source of beta-cryptoxanthin, which according to recent studies, can protect against lung cancer. Papaya is also rich in lycopene and it contains an enzyme called papain. This can aid in digestion. According to Elisa Zied, RD, a spokesperson for the American Diabetic Association, papain helps break down amino acids, which is the building block of protein.

When you are shopping for papaya, you should choose the fruit with golden-yellow skin. You also want the papaya that yields to gentle pressure. To prepare papaya, you should cut the fruit lengthwise and throw away the black seeds. Next, scoop out the flesh with a spoon and sprinkle it with lemon juice.
#8 Soy
When you replace high-fat proteins such as steak and pork chops with whole soy foods such as soy nuts, edamame (whole soybeans), and tofu, you can reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet and boost the amount of fiber in your diet. According to a study performed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, soy protein ca help to prevent belly fat in postmenopausal women.

#9 Wild Salmon
Salmon is loaded with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which a major component in neurons. According to a study published in the Archives of Neurology, people with blood levels that are rich in this mega nutrient are 47 percent less likely to develop dementia. When you are buying salmon, you should choose wild salmon over farmed. Farmed doesn’t have as much omega-3’s as wild salmon does.

#10 Walnuts
According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, a diet rich in walnuts is better than the traditional Mediterranean diet when it comes to lowering levels of LDL cholesterol and lipoprotein, Lipoprotein is a compound that increases blood clotting and can lead to a stroke.