7 TIPS FOR A FLAT STOMACH
TIP #1: EAT! DON’T STARVE
Any diet plan that expects you to ignore your feelings of hunger will never work for long.
Appetite is a critical survival mechanism regulated by your brain and digestive system. It is your body’s way of letting you know you need fuel for energy. When you go on extremely low calorie diets, such as the grapefruit diet or cabbage soup diet, or try one of those celebrity-endorsed portion-control diet plans with expensive prepared meals, you trigger a metabolic reaction that ends up making you fatter once you go back to normal eating habits.
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“Emotional Hunger” is eating in response to anger, anxiety, boredom, feelings of loneliness. Symptoms include hunger feelings in the chest, rather than the stomach, hunger in response to feeling nervousness or tension (fidgety feeling). You’ll it’s an emotional response when you don’t feel satisfied after an adequate meal or you find yourself opening the fridge or pantry and just checking it out to see what’s in there. Before succumbing to emotional eating, try this first: Take a short walk or bike ride Call a friend Work in the garden for 20 minutes or dust those blinds, clean out a closet or other housekeeping chores Chew a piece of sugarless gum or chew on a toothpick Brush your teeth Take a hot bath Read for 20 minutes Listen to some cheerful music Go for a drive or go shopping Engage in something that distracts you or alleviates boredom
TIP #3: SHOP WISELY
Beware! The supermarket can disrupt your healthy diet and lure you into making bad diet decisions.
Food manufacturers are experts at deceiving you into thinking their products are healthy and diet-friendly when in fact it’s just the opposite.
Here are some helpful suggestions for shopping in a supermarket: Stick to your shopping list. Shop the perimeter of the store, where fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish are usually located. Avoid the center aisles where processed foods are shelved. Avoid any food with five or more ingredients or ingredients you can't pronounce. Don’t buy foods with cartoons on the label for your children. If you don't want your kids eating junk foods, don't keep it in your house. If a food advertises itself as lite or lyte, you can bet it’s not light. Don't shop when you're hungry. Hunger leads to filling your cart with junk food.
In the produce section, choose as many colors are possible. The colors of fruits and vegetables indicate different vitamins, mineral and other nutrients.
When buying breads, grains or pasta, choose those foods made from whole grains with the lowest carbohydrate content and the highest fiber content. When choosing meat, fish and poultry, choose grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and fresh local fish whenever possible.
TIP #4: ELIMINATE PROCESSED FOODS FROM YOUR DIET
Americans eat too much processed foods which is loaded with chemicals for flavor, color and consistency with preservatives added to artificially extend shelf life.
The only things Americans don’t over-eat are fresh fruits and vegetables. It should come as no surprise that Americans are overweight and suffer from so many nutrition-related, chronic diseases. Food processing may be simply defined as altering food from its natural state, but in the broader, more modern sense, food processing has gone way beyond simple processing. Much of the food you buy in the grocery story has been processed for a variety of reasons, including taste enhancement, extending shelf life and using cheaper ingredients to fill...