Fat to Fit naturally

Surprising Foods That Flatten Your Belly

Deflate that spare tire with these fruits and herbs that naturally trim belly fat
 Surprising Foods That Flatten Your Belly   Not many people have perfect six-pack abs (but if you do, good on you!) but having an exceedingly expanded waistline can do more than keep you out of figure-hugging clothes, you could face serious health issues: Your risk increases up for high blood pressure and high cholesterol– major factors for heart disease – as well as type 2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer.

The truth is carrying excess belly-fat is related makes way for a condition called Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X, which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and fatty deposits in the liver. The good news is by shrinking your belly you can reverse the effects of Syndrome X and cut your risk of heart disease, diabetes, even Alzheimer’s disease in half with a few small tweaks to your lifestyle.

My top belly-fat blasters have actually been a part of a healthy lifestyle since the beginning of time, but you may not have thought of them to help slim your waistline.

Watermelon: A hydrating fruit rich in lycopene, it will increase your body’s arginine levels, an amino acid that ups the body’s fat-burning potential. At the same time the juicy red fruit helps the body burn fat, it also builds lean muscle. Just 1 cup a day does the trick.

Dill: Add this herb to veggies (especially cabbage), fish, casseroles, soups and stews, Dijon mustard or reduced-fat mayo to ease gas and bloating. You’ll also get the added benefit of speeding up the breakdown of carbs and proteins in the gut.

Pineapple and Papaya: These two tropical fruits contain the enzyme bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory properties and shrinks belly fat. Many women know the disappointment of having a waistline that spills over the top of her waistband. But think of taking your first steps toward a slimmer middle this way–to change your waistline you have to first change your mind. Think differently about food and make food choices that work for you, rather than against you.

Mint: An herb, yes, but this one goes the extra belly-fat burning mile. Mint leaves trigger the release of extra bile from the gallbladder, which is important because it helps the body to digest fat. For a quick remedy to belly bloat (maybe you want to ease into that little form-fitting black dress?) add 10 crushed mint leaves to 2-4 cups of roasted dandelion tea every day and you could lose two or more pounds in 10-14 days.

Dandelion Root: I like roasted dandelion root tea to beat belly fat. The dandelion root increases liver function, which flushes toxins and excess water from the belly area and in turn gives you a flatter tummy. Just 2-4 cups a day does the trick.

Bottom line? Don’t beat yourself up about making a mistake — when you know better, you do better. This business of living a healthy lifestyle is a process. The truth is, each day you open your eyes you have the grace of another chance. I’m rootin’ for ya!






(Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

(Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Scientists led by an Indian origin have linked perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – chemical found in things such as nonstick cookware and packaged foods like microwave popcorn – to cardiovascular disease.
West Virginia University (WVU) School of Public Health, Morgantown, researchers looked at the health data of 1,200 Americans and compared their PFOA serum levels with the heart disease incidence.
The results of the study showed that greater the PFOA amounts in the bloodstream, the greater is the cardiovascular disease risk -regardless of factors like age, race, smoking, BMI, diabetes, and even hypertension, Fox News reported.
Lead study author Dr. Anoop Shankar , chair of the department of epidemiology in the WVU School of Public Health, said that they can’t yet be certain that PFOA causes heart disease, but suggested that the two could be related in another way, like people suffering from heart disease tending to retain more PFOA in their blood.
According to the FDA, many popcorn bags contain high levels of PFOAs.




Pass The Butter … Please
>         * This is interesting and important to know*. . . . *
> Margarine**  was **originally* *manufactured to fatten  turkeys.  When it
> killed the turkeys, the people who had put  all the money into the research
> wanted a payback so they put their  heads together to figure out what to do
> with this product to get  their money back.  It was a white substance with
> no food appeal  so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to
> use in place of butter.  How do you like it?   They have come out  with so
> many clever new flavorings    **
> DO  YOU KNOW.. **The   difference between margarine and butter?   **
> Read on to the end…gets very interesting!    **
> Both  have the same amount of calories.
> Butter  is slightly higher in saturated fats at **8 grams **compared   to
> **5
> grams.**  **
> Eating **margarine** can **increase** **heart disease** in women by **53%**
> **  over  eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent  Harvard
>  Medical Study.
> Eating **butter** increases the absorption of many **other nutrients** in
>  other foods. **
> Butter**  has many **nutritional benefits** where **margarine** has a **few*
> *
> Only  because  they are added! **
> Butter** tastes much better **than margarine and it can enhance the flavors
> of  other foods. **
> Butter** ** has been around for **centuries** where **margarine** has been
> around for less than **100 years**. **
> And  now, for Margarine… **
> Very  high in Trans **fatty acids** .
> Triple  risk of coronary  **heart disease** . *
> *
> Increases  total cholesterol** and **LDL** (this is the bad cholesterol) and
>  lowers HDL cholesterol l, (the good cholesterol).** **
> ** **
> Increases  the risk of cancers up to five fold.**
> Lowers  quality of **breast milk. **
> Decreases immune response.
> Decreases **insulin** response. *
> *
> And  here’s the most disturbing fact…. HERE IS THE PART THAT  IS  VERY
> Margarine** is but **ONE MOLECULE** away  from being** **PLASTIC..**    **
> This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life  and
> anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is  added,  changing
> the molecular structure of the  ** **
> **substance).
> You  can try this yourself:
> Purchase  a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded  area.
>  Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:
> *  no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it  (that  should
> tell you something)
> *  it does not rot or smell differently because it has **no nutritional
>  value** ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny-weeny  microorganisms
>  will not find a home to gr ow.  Why ?   Because it **is nearly plastic** .
>  Would you melt your Tupperware and  spread that  on your toast?
> Share  This With Your Friends…..(If you want to ‘butter them   up’)! **
> Chinese Proverb: **
>   ‘When someone shares  something of value with you and you benefit from it,
>  you have a  moral obligation to share it with others’. *