Flatten your Tummy with these 4 Foods

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Everyone is looking for the miracle product that will flatten out their stomach. Diets and supplements promise you a flatter tummy and often leave you feeling like you wasted your money and time. In the end it’s really about lifestyle. It’s about how you fuel your body that will translate into your body’s overall performance. If you drive a Ferrari, would you put the lowest grade of gasoline in it? I don’t think so, so if you want your body to look and feel like the body you’ve always dreamed of, then why are you filling it with low grade food fuels? For a little upgrade in your body’s fuel source, try out these four foods to help you get that flat tummy.

Berries

Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries all contain high levels of cancer fighting antioxidants. These fruits also contain a significant amount of fiber which has been shown to contribute to fat loss. Not only that, but berries maintain a low glycemic index, meaning that you can avoid the high sugar rush and resulting insulin spike. Combine your berries with a source of protein like yogurt or cottage cheese to give your self a balanced fat burning snack or meal.

Nuts

Almonds and Walnuts are an awesome source of protein and essential fats. Esssential fats have been shown to play a role in mitigating belly fat. The protein and fat combination will keep you full longer and therefore you won’t eat as much. This makes it a great weight and fat management food source.

Beans

Beans provide the body not only with a great source of protein, but also a solid source of fiber. This means beans  provide you with muscle building potential as well as fat loss powers. Beans are starchy carbohydrates so you should probably incorporate them in your diet in cycles to avoid constant gas and bloating.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats which help lower cholesterol levels in the body and promote a healthy heart. Olive oil should be a part of any low fat diet and it is essential in the fight against obesity. Next time you prepare a salad, look for some extra virgin olive oil and vinegar to add instead of the creamy stuff. This dressing will be lower calorie and better for you.

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By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.

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About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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