Monday, 1 September 2014

# 10 signs # belly fat

The 'BIG' Tummy Wahala. Part 2

Disclaimer: The under listed items are items and foods that i (and some people around me) have used and they worked. I am not a doctor, so feel free to try them at your own discretion. I recommend you consult your doctor or nutritionist before you attempt them, just in case you need more clarification or in doubt. 


Hi there, in the past I wrote about belly fat and what the causes are, you can still read that here. Now that we have identified the cause, lets follow up with how to tackle it. 

Belly fat is one of the toughest and last places to burn. It takes a while to fully flatten the tummy area, depending on how big yours is. Even after you have managed to flatten it fully, if you don't take time to work on it continuously, the muscles there will relax and you start developing a bulge all over again. I have seen 6 packs go back to 1 pack for real. Lol.  Yes, all fruits and veggies are good, but some are better. Here are some foods you can use to fight belly fat:

FOODS THAT FIGHT BELLY FAT:
  1. Lemons: This is my all time favorite fruit. Ever since i discovered lemons, the smell, the taste, wow! Use lemons in your morning water. Mix a table spoon with warm water in the morning, drink a glass 30 mins before breakfast. Do it for one week and see results instanta! 
  2. Yogurt: Anyone that follows me on my bbm, or my food blog, will know how much i love yogurt. I hardly run out of yogurt. Its so good that i use it for my hair treatment nowadays. Yogurt contains probiotics that feeds our intestines with good bacteria. Good bacteria helps get rid of toxins in the body. 
     My Yogurt and berry Mess.

    My Yogurt and nut Mess.

     My Yogurt and coconut Mess. 
  3.  Apple cider vinegar: A table spoon of this a day preferably before lunch (lets say u take your lemon water in the morning) is ideal. You can do a spoon before each meal if you have the time. The major thing it does is to curb appetite and balance the insulin levels in your body. i.e it doesn't allow your blood sugar to spike. E.g:  if you eat white rice, there's a feeling you get afterwards, you feel like taking sweets or drinking a bottle of coke, that's because your blood sugar has spiked due to the high carb food you ate. Apple cider will help control that spike, so you dont crave. (Amongst other benefits) 
  4. Oranges and limes: These are a great source of vitamin C. They help to reduce the cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone. It helps the stomach to break down food fast, relax the stomach and fight gas/bloating. Have an orange 5 mins before a meal to help you eat less. 
  5. Nuts: Ehen! some g.nut lovers will be smiling at this. Dis na Some people dem dia poison. Lol. A hand full of nuts is great for you. Have it as your mid day snack with 2 glasses of water, my dear you will feel full for hours to come. It will make you eat less on your next plate. I prefer mixed nuts. Try almonds, cashews and peanuts. 
  6. Fish: Have you ever gone a month without chicken or fish? If not, now is the time to challenge yourself. If you really need to flatten that mid section, then eat just fish with some meals for a whole 30 days. Start today. Fish like Salmon and Mackerel contain Omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation in the body. When the body is inflamed, its very difficult to lose weight. Signs of inflammation in the body: Itchy ears and eyes, bloating, diarrhea, joint pains, dark circles under the eyes, coughing, stuffy nose, sinus, acne, rashes, compulsive eating, cravings, fatigue, constipation.......the list goes on. Do you identify with any of this? If you have at least 5 of these symptoms, you need to detox fast!
  7. Avocados: Add this to your breakie, or eat as a mid day snack every time you get the chance. Its great for the stomach and skin. 
  8. Oats: Low in calorie, and it makes a good healthy breakfast. Full of fiber and helps your digestion. 
  9. Cocoa. This is another long time love of mine. I always have a tin of pure cocoa powder at home. Its really bitter but i add it to my coffee and smoothies. It has loads of benefits. 
  10. Multivitamins/Swedish bitters: I always recommend multivitamins because i have experienced the benefits first hand, they provide one with the much needed nutrients which we aren't able to meet up with daily. Swedish bitters is another secret weapon of mine. Mix a tsp with your lemon water if you may, it helps the body to produce digestive enzymes that help to break down food fast.
  11. WATER!!: Up to 3 liters a day is recommended. If you workout a lot, make it 4 liters to replace all the water you lost through sweat so as to prevent dehydration. The more water you drink, the flatter the belly will be. 
In addition to the list above, you also need to make the following changes: 
  1. Detox: According to google.com a detox is: a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification. This is the first step to that flat tummy. If you don't rid the body of these toxins, it will be very difficult to burn fat. I recommend you do this every 3  to 4 weeks. 
  2. Exercise: Exercises like cardio, crunches, squats all help to flatten and tighten the tummy. 
  3. High carbs: Resist high carb foods. You really cant keep eating the things you eat normally and expect to lose weight. Something has to give. White bread, pastries, sugar, soda, etc has to go. Replace them with healthier options like whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole meal crackers, fresh juices etc. 
  4. WATER!!! Lol! I cant stop screaming this because its very very important for that healthy body. 

Remember the saying "Abs are made in the kitchen?" The general rule is 70% food 30% exercise. You have to organize yourself when it comes to what you eat, if you really want the belly fat to dissolve. 

You don't have to try all these at once, take them one by one and see what works for you. All the best sweet and God bless.
Cheliz.


13 comments:

  1. for big tummy caused by childbirth, will postpartum body wrap or girdle help to flatten it? will sit up also help? thanks. plus i'v been exercising with my 4kg dumbell for up to two months yet i;v not seen any result. what could be the problem? thanks

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  2. Hi Lady Zee, For how long will you use the body wraps? Once you get it off, its back to square 1. Yes, sit ups and crunches will help a whole lot but you need to watch what you eat. It looks like you are either doing the wrong exercises for that part of the body, or you haven't fully controlled what you eat. like i said in the post, if you don't control what you eat, and you keep exercising, its all a big waste of time. Why not try the detox first then see how it goes. cheers. Btw i'm thinking 4kg dumbbells are too heavy for you at this stage. You will only be overworking your muscles without much results. Try 2kg to 3kg bells.

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  3. Hmmm apple cider ehn, I don't like the way that thing smells o. I'll try these and let you know how it goes. I just want this belly fat to disappear :-)
    Titi

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    1. Lol. Ur right Titi, it smells funny. Try mixing a tbsp of it with a glass of warm water and a tbsp of honey to sweeten it. Let me know how it goes. Cheers.

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  4. This yogurt... Isn't it fattening.. I dont know oh.. Just asking.. Where can I buy it biko... D only yogurt I know is yogurt ice cream X_X. Permit me to add one more Tip to all u just said Cheliz... For a flatter tummy, don't eat late at night.. 6pm u shud close ur kitchen for d day... If ure hungry, snack on an apple, cucumber, nuts maybe, drink water... :D. This whole weight loss thing is indeed a lifestyle... U just hv to keep at it.. Any small lose guarding ure bk where u started. Amanda

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    1. No dear, I buy pure unsweetened yogurt. Not the fatty ones. I jazz it up with fruits and nuts how I like and its mostly a meal for me. I have been on this yogurt for months so i am sure, lol. Portion control is key to it. You are kinna right @ not eating late, I thot so before till I experimented. u know some pple get home really late from work? Lets be realistic, they have to eat right? So I wud say, eat a very dainty portion of food, drink about 2 glasses of water before going to bed. Another scenario is when you ate say by 5pm, then off to the gym, after workout, u may eat 1 banana, drink 2 glasses of water then wait some time before going to bed. For those that have the time, its ideal to eat your last meal 3 hrs before your bed time. Cheers.

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  5. Good morning, I checked the market and they don't sell the apple cider vinegar, please where do I get it?

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    1. Try medplus or any big drug store. U'll find it there. Thanks.

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  6. Can you detox while breastfeeding, won't it go to ur breast milk?

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  7. Can u detox while breastfeeding ?is it safe for the baby ?wont the toxins gather in ur breast milk

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    1. No dear, you cant detox while nursing. Pls wait till you wean baby. You can do reduced calorie meals though. Thanks Dee.

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    2. Ok, just saw this. Thanks
      Another question, I would like to know if some of these food do not reduce fertility as I would still like to have another child.

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    3. Not that i kniw of, but it's always best to talk to your doctor before you begin any programme. Thanks Sweet momma.

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