Help for Cutting the Gut, Part 2

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If you haven’t read Help for Cutting the Gut, Part 1, please do so before you read this.

It’s a Small World After All

There are two things we can do to help cut the gut, and they just happen to be two things that help us lose weight…and reduce our risk for most chronic diseases.

1) Fiber to the Rescue

A recent research study suggests food with soluble fiber can help decrease abdominal fat. What foods have soluble fiber? You guessed it: fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains. Hm-m-m-m-m. Sounds vaguely familiar.

That means, as we fill our plates with strawberries,  to lose weight, we’re helping cut the gut at the same time! Sweet.

2) Get Moving

You can tighten up those abdominal muscles with crunches or other targeted abdominal exercises, but, alas, those moves don’t blast belly fat. Sigh.

But aerobic exercises do. Yeah! I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the “get moving” mantra before, but if you want a flatter stomach, you’ve got to do more than just hear it.

Do whatever aerobic exercises or physical activity you like and do it as often as you can. If you’re out of shape or have a medical condition, be sure to get your doctor’s approval before you get started.

You Can Do This

You can cut that gut, but remember it didn’t pop up in a week, so you’ve got to keep on keeping on until that mountain becomes a mole hill.

(Reference: Kristen G. Hairston, Mara Z. Vitolins, Jill M. Norris, Andrea M. Anderson, Anthony J. Hanley, Lynne E. Wagenknecht. Lifestyle Factors and 5-Year Abdominal Fat Accumulation in a Minority Cohort: The IRAS Family StudyObesity, 2011)



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Diana Fleming

Diana Fleming, PhD, LDN, is a co-author of The Full Plate Diet and Nutritionist for Full Plate Living. She received her doctoral degree from Tufts University and has since dedicated her time to translating complicated nutritional data into easy and fun concepts anyone can apply at their next meal. In her spare time, she has painstakingly perfected the ultimate healthy AND delicious chocolate chip cookie.

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