How To Keep That Belly Flat: Follow These Tips From Chris Powell And Other Experts

In the middle of summer it often hits us when donning that swimsuit or wearing that form-fitting tank, that our mid-section is perhaps not exactly as flat and fit as we would like. Health and fitness experts have the secret to ensure that you attain or maintain the desired flab-free belly.

Chris Powell of ABC's hit show Extreme Weight Loss shares that "Whether you have ten pounds to lose or 100, the first thing you should do is create an environment for success." Additionally, studies have proven that hiding any vices, those being the tempting calorie-infested treats you are inclined to snack on, is a proven way to cut unwanted calories.

Eat This Not That shares evidence of this and reported the extent to which calories can be cut, simply by reorganizing the pantry.
"Out of sight, out of mouth? Simply reorganizing your pantry's 'top hits' could translate into serious calorie savings, according to researchers at Google. A study, conducted at the search engine's New York office dubbed 'Project M&M' found that placing chocolate candies in opaque containers as opposed to glass ones, and giving healthier snacks more prominent shelf space, curbed M&M consumption by 3.1 million calories in just seven weeks."
The publication also shares that it's possible to lose fat while we sleep by cranking up the air conditioning a notch or two. Cold air while sleeping reportedly "enhances the effectiveness of our stores of brown fat, which helps to burn through fat stored in the belly." A study which had individuals sleep at a cool 66 degrees over four weeks, saw participants double their volume of brown fat (which means belly fat loss).

A tip has already been offered about keeping junk food out of sight. Another bit of advice involves keeping healthy produce in plain sight. The dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers, Katie Cavuto, shares that you are more likely to nab fruits and veggies over junk food if they are readily available to snack on. She suggests preparing veggies such as cucumbers, peppers, snap peas and carrots and setting them in the front of the fridge so that they are a go-to over less healthful items. Additionally, bananas, apples, pears and oranges are great sweet snacks to leave out on the counter.

One item that definitely needs to vacate all homes is soda. Gina Consalvo, registered dietitian, shares that both diet and regular soda have zero benefit to the consumer and may even negatively impact health.

"Not only are they loaded with empty calories, harmful preservatives, sugar or artificial sweeteners, they also have dangerous artificial coloring derived from coal tar. The coloring has been linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity, headaches and even cancer."
Tossing the empty carbs is also a proven way to lessen the amount of sugars we intake and therefore reduce belly fat. The publication shares that although delicious, and what many of us grew up on, white bread and bagels have no health benefits.
"Made with enriched flour instead of healthy whole grains, they are void of the belly-filling fiber that boosts satiety and keeps blood sugar stable. What's worse, refined white-flour foods like these are linked to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Plus, they lead to weight gain and make it more difficult to lose weight, too."
Chris Powell gives more tips about "carb cycling" via Men's FitnessGood items to add to your fridge are the ingredients for healthy and delicious smoothies. Many smoothies are perfect for breakfast and snack time, while they also are charged with belly-flattening nutrients. Each drink is filled with protein, and healthy fats and fiber. A quick recipe shared by the publication includes "Mixing 1 scoop of vegetarian protein powder ⅔ cup frozen mango chunks, ½ tbsp almond butter, and ½ cup unsweetened almond, coconut or hemp milk. You'll get 29 grams of protein for just 224 calories!"

For many more tips as to how to blast unwanted belly fat, visit Eat This Not That.

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