According to the recent research, a shocking third of Brits hate their stomach!
With the ever lasting quest for a flat stomach, we have some top tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville www.marilynglenville.com the UK’s leading nutritionist and author of Fat Around the Middle for her five top foods to get a flat stomach. So instead of putting yourself through another grueling diet, why not include foods, that will actually help to lose fat round your middle?
‘Avoid any foods that make your blood sugar rise quickly, because – as blood sugar drops again – your body releases adrenaline and cortisol to stabilise it once more and you end up caught in a catch 22 situation. Swap to whole grain alternatives that release energy slowly. Wholemeal bread contains four times as much fibre, more than three times as much zinc and almost twice as much iron as white bread. The carbohydrates in wholemeal break are broken slowly over several hours, like the coals in the fire, and so do not give any sudden flooding of sugars into the bloodstream. Also this gradual release helps you to feel full for longer, suppressing your appetite and stopping you craving sweet foods because you are not on the blood sugar rollercoaster.’
‘They consist of amylose, which is a resistant starch – so called because it is resistant to stomach acid and digestive enzymes and it reaches the large intestine essentially intact. So it manages to escape digestion and absorption in the small intenstine. It almost behaves like fibre, providing bulk for the bowel motion and fuel for the beneficial bacteria.’
‘This good quality protein slows down the rate that stomach processes food and delays the passage of the carbohydrates with it. As soon as you add a protein (be it animal or vegetable) to a carbohydrate, you change it into a slower releasing carbohydrate, that keep your sugar levels at bay. Fish is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, that make your metabolism more efficient and can help with fat burning.’
‘Research has shown that leucine, one the essential amino acids found in eggs, can help with weight loss by stabilising blood sugar levels and encouraging the body to shed fat. They are also a perfect protein source that – eaten in the morning -will make you feel less hungry throughout the day.’
‘Adding healthful amounts of nuts such as walnuts to your diet can help you to maintain your ideal weight over time. Walnuts really can help you to lose weight because they boost your metabolism. The Omega 3 specifically help with fat burning as they direct blood sugar towards the glycogen stores to be burned as fuel instead of being stored as fat. In addition, high amount of magnesium in walnuts may not only help with energy production but it also balances sugar levels.’