Wondering if there are specific ways to target that midsection??
Don't fret — there is!
And it's actually kinda neat: beyond eating healthy and working your abs, one of the best things to know is that specific diets can target specific regions of the body!
It's true, there are basically sniper-diets that effect your belly the most!
When you move from a diet high in carbs, to a diet plan closer to the Mediterranean diet, the distribution of body fat changes and fat moves away from the midsection:
'This diet plan is very similar to a Mediterranean diet, containing 47 percent of calories from carbohydrates, 38 percent of calories from fat, and 15 percent of calories from protein. The majority of the fat in this diet came from extra virgin olive oil; however avocados and macadamia nuts are other good examples of foods high in monounsaturated fat.'
A diet like this actually targets your belly!
The human body is amazing, right??
Anyway, here are some tips on how to get started:
1. Avoid low-fat or fat-free salad dressings. These dressings replace the oils that you would normally find in a salad dressing with sugar. Instead, use extra virgin olive oil. You can mix it with a variety of different vinegars to change the flavor of your salad dressings. Some of my favorites are balsamic, red wine, or tarragon vinegar. Bonus: Vinegar helps control blood sugar, which will further help with your weight-loss efforts.
2. Eat fajitas naked. Next time you eat Mexican food, skip the flour tortillas and enjoy your fajitas naked. Eat the chicken/beef/shrimp with salsa, lettuce, and sautéed peppers and onions. Add guacamole to get your healthy dose of monounsaturated fats and an extra boost of flavor. You won't miss the starchy casing.
3. Snack smarter. Snack foods like pretzels and crackers are carbs that don't do you any favors. Skip these easily over-consumed carbohydrates (even the whole grain ones) and snack on 1oz of macadamia nuts (10-12 kernels). Macadamia nuts are packed with monounsaturated fats, and research consistently finds nuts to be a superior snack for weight loss and heart health than pretzels or similar snack foods.
Of course, you can always do this through hard work, too. Just eat healthy and stay active — and pound away at that core!!
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