You may be close to your weight loss goals but have those last annoying bits of fat still clinging to your otherwise nearly spring-ready body. You want to do everything you can to get everything you can to melt it. And while you lift weights and burpee like there’s no tomorrow, check out these foods with a reputation for helping stubborn subcutaneous fat disappear.
There’s no question a ladleful of powdered cinnamon is going to burn its way down your throat. When it’s in your body though, there is evidence to suggest that cinnamon boosts metabolism. You’ll have lower fasting blood sugar (which means less sugar to be turned to fat), better insulin responses and other good stuff for good health, such as lower LDL and triglycerides. You could benefit from cinnamon if you stay away from the pastries and other sugary goodies that it’s usually found on. Just stick to a teaspoon or two a day with honey or cereals and don’t overdo it.
White beans contain about 7.4 grams of resistant starch per cooked cup. Resistant starch is great in that it passes into your large intestine instead of being processed in your small intestine. Once there, it helps make a lot of butyrate. Now this is the stuff that the World Journal of Gastroenterology reports as having helped some obese lab mice lose as much as 10.2% of their body weight in 5 weeks. Plus, white beans, like other lentils, keep you full for a long time. That’s two reasons to include it in your diet.
Certain influencers in the media have been touting raspberry ketone supplements for weight loss. We recommend the berries instead. Raspberries are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants deliver more blood to your muscles, so you can do cardio for longer (you’re doing cardio too aren’t you, if you want to cut stubborn fat?) Plus, raspberries are full of fibers, which will help to regulate your body’s insulin response. Insulin, as we all know, signals your body to start storing extra calories as fat.
In an effort to tone down, you may want to cut beef out of your diet entirely and replace with salmon. Salmon will not only give your muscles a protein boost but you’ll get good fats from omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids make brown fat, which burns the bad white fats. You can’t go wrong with a hunk of salmon a day for toning up.
Trying to tone stubborn fat can be tough when you get hungry for carbs. Get your carbs from good starches like sweet potato. Fiber-rich sweet potatoes will slowly release fuel throughout the day and will protect you against cortisol response that triggers glucose production in the long run.
Finally, toning and stress don’t go together. You have to manage your stress levels if you want to kick the remaining clinging fat. Get your nutrition from whole foods, exercise and sleep well, and you’ll be on your way to a flat stomach sooner than you think.
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