3 Reasons Your Fat Tummy Is Not Going Away
If you still can’t fit into that dream dress or suit, these could be the reasons
1. Short on Magnesium
Our bodies require magnesium for our body chemical reactions, including keeping heart rhythm steady and regulating blood sugar levels. In addition to its health benefits, this nutrient also aid in weight loss and body shaping. A 2013 study in the Journal of Nutrition found that higher magnesium intake was associated with lower levels of fasting glucose and insulin (markers related to fat and weight gain).
Solution: Eat more magnesium-rich foods, such as leafy green vegetables, beans, and nuts.
2. Hook on Soda
Sugary soda, packed with empty calories, is a diet disaster, but even the no-calorie version can expand your waistline. A 2012 study published in the journal Obesity found that regular soda was associated with increased waist size and abdominal fat, but diet soda was associated with increased waist size, BMI, and total percentage of fat. One theory why this happens is the artificial sweeteners in diet soda don’t produce the responses your body expects when you eat something sweet.
Solution: Make water or unsweetened tea your standard drinks with meals. If you’re bored with water, sweeten it with slices of fruit.
3. Excess Salt in Your Meal
If you’ve ever felt bloated after a salty meal, it’s not in your head. Excess salt causes water to move from your bloodstream into your skin, giving you a puffy look. Nearly 90 percent of people consume more than the recommended 2,300mg sodium per day. So even if you’re not pouring on the table salt, you’re likely getting more sodium than you need through other sources such as canned foods, salad dressing, deli meats, and even some dairy products like cottage cheese.
Solution: Avoid adding salt to your meals. Instead, use spices and herbs, many of which have added health benefits as well. Try cooking with delicious flavors like cinnamon, chili powder, cayenne powder, cumin, ginger, basil, parsley, and rosemary.
[…] Despite its convenience, juice is a far less healthy option than a real piece of fruit. Not only does the juicing process destroy a number of fruits’ beneficial compounds and antioxidants, it removes nearly all of the natural fiber . All the sugar with none of the fiber? No, thanks — fiber carries a myriad of digestive benefits and is crucial for slowing the absorption of the fruit’s sugar and keeping its glycemic index low. This, the scientists hypothesized, may be why juice increases the risk of diabetes, and why a high intake of fruit juice has been linked to childhood obesity. […]
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