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Win the Battle of the Bulge. How to go from #Fat to #Fit in 8 Yummy Ways!

 

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Are you in the great #Battle of the #Bulge #crisis? Is #BellyFat giving you #sleepless #nights?

Why Do People Get Belly Fat?

Fat seems to always head straight for the waistline, doesn’t it? Belly fat is not just a natural part of the aging process. Other factors make you more likely to get belly fat as well.

What is Belly Fat really?

More women than men gain belly fat. How much fat you gain, and where, is influenced not only by age, but also by family history, hormones and birth weight. Belly fat is also more common in women who’ve given birth or undergoing menopause. You see, belly fat is not just about the soft, cushy subcutaneous fat that you can see and touch. It has yet another layer called visceral fat that forms deep inside your abdomen, around your organs. Subcutaneous fat is like a storage area for all of the calories you aren’t using, but visceral fat cells are biologically active, increasing your insulin resistance and putting you more at risk for certain health problems.

What Health Risks?

Belly fat is more than just an aesthetic problem. Medical experts know that it can shorten your life. It is linked to several chronic conditions, including heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, dementia and breast and colorectal cancers.

Trimming It Down

Sonakshi Sinha did it…You could be next!!! Visceral fat is easily trimmed if you exercise. However, targeting belly fat with sit-ups and other abdominal exercises won’t do the trick. These exercises simply tone your abdominal muscles. Bur exercising every day burns belly fat when coupled with a reduced-calorie diet comprised of healthy foods in appropriate portion sizes.

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Well, here are 8 #Superfoods that cut belly fat!!!

Green tea: Shrinks your waistline. The #Flavonoids have natural #AntiInflammatory properties, and the compound #EGCG helps reduce body fat.

Foods rich in Omega-3: Food sources of #omega-3s include #walnuts and #flaxseed.

Garlic: #Garlic controls #bloodsugar and #insulin levels. Thus your body can maximize fat burning for energy, resulting in reduced belly fat. It is also a #thermogenic that boosts #metabolism.

Mint: One tablespoon #honey, a pinch of #pepper, and some crushed #mint leaves steeped in hot water soothes the abdomen, dissolves fat and boosts metabolism. The result – a flat #tummy!!!

Cinnamon: #Cinnamon is a great fat burner. Drink the steeped cinnamon powder with honey in water before breakfast and before bed-time for best results.

Watermelon: #Watermelon contains 82 per cent water, which helps your stomach not crave for food. Watermelon is also rich in vitamin C.

Apple: Eating #apple also helps reduce belly fat. It helps your stomach feel full because it contains potassium and many vitamins. So, eat an apple in breakfast to get the desired tummy size.

Banana: #Bananas are also rich in potassium and multivitamins, and help you to resist the food cravings. Plus, banana boosts the metabolic rate, thus melting belly fat.

You can supplement these with what #Mother Nature has given in plenty, as in these products from #NaturalMantra!

Enter the fray with gusto! It’s courage, hard work and discipline that will help you win the battle with #BellyFat!

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Celebrity Fact from healthmeup.com

 


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Flax Seeds are tiny, but their health benefits are mighty!

Flaxseeds are tiny, but they are mighty! Flaxseeds, while not technically a grain, have a similar vitamin and mineral profile to grains, while the amount of fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids in them far outnumber grains. Other than some bloating that may occur in a new user, flaxseeds are very safe. It’s a food that has been with us for thousands of years.

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The main health benefits of Flaxseeds are: 

  • Flaxseeds are a great source of fiber. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber which is key to maintaining a healthy digestive system and keeping the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, start with half a teaspoon and increase your intake over a period of time, allowing your body to a dust to the fiber coming in. Otherwise, you may experience bloating.
  • Flaxseeds are a plant source of Omega-3. These essential fatty acids (“essential” meaning they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Flax contains the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Thus, it is not a replacement for fish or fish oil supplements that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (ecosapentaenoic acid.)
  • Flaxseeds contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.
  • Flaxseeds have been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons. And flax can normalize the menstrual cycle by supporting the second phase (the luteal phase).

Start slow and build up. Grind the seeds. Pre ground flax spoils or oxidizes, quickly. Unground, the impermeable coating may make it pass right through you, and you won’t absorb any of the benefits.) Add it to cooked oatmeal, to pancake batter or to yogurt. It has a nice nutty flavor. Don’t buy the oil as that eliminates the fiber and most of the lignans.

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Here’s the easiest way to include Flaxseeds in your diet: 

Roast some flaxseeds on a hot skillet without any oil. Cool them down and sprinkle some salt over them and store in an air tight container. Snack on them whenever you want! But chew on them well to reap their benefits.