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Friday, May 17, 2013
Peace Out, Belly Fat
Belly fat is a huge issue for women with PCOS. Pun intended. I was reading this article on foods that help blast belly fat and I thought I'd share a few with you.
You may surprise that those little
tart cherries can help you to burn out your belly fat, doesn’t it?
In a study conducted by the
University of Michigan, it was found that a diet containing tart cherries may
help lower symptoms of heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome
is a term used to refer to a group of symptoms which increase the risk of a
host of heart diseases, diabetes and belly fat. In the study, the animal
subjects had reduced cholesterol levels and a fat content of only 54 percent
compared to the non-cherry fed group of 63 percent belly fat. Tart cherries
have also been identified to have antioxidant properties.
I believe that you heard enough “one
apple a day keeps the doctor away”. However, do you know apples can also help
you to keep you in shape as well?
In a Brazilian weight study, subjects
who ate three apples a day while dieting lost more weight than those who
didn’t. This fruit contains pectin, a compound that is known to inhibit colon
cancer. Apples are packed with nutrients and are a rich source of vitamin C,
beta-carotene, dietary fiber, phytosterol, flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins
This fruit has anti-bacterial and
anti-fungal properties. It contains the amino acid lecithin – which helps in
preventing liver overload – and aids the memory and helps balance weight. In
one study, it was discovered that people who ate a considerable amount of
avocados showed clear improvement in health. It balances cholesterol levels and
prevents heart attacks and strokes.
In a study conducted by the
University of Kentucky, watermelon was found to have a significant effect on
artery plaque deposition because it altered blood lipids and lowered the risk
of developing belly fat. The researchers in the study observed that animal
subjects in the experiment who had diet-induced high cholesterol were given a
supplement of watermelon juice while another group was given a typical diet
with water. Eight weeks later, the animals given watermelon juice had lower
body weight than those who were just given water. It appeared that there was no
decrease in muscle mass and the weight loss was due to abdominal fat loss.
Celery is a negative calorie food
containing only eight calories. It is high in vitamin C, calcium and is best
enjoyed raw. Enjoying fresh celery juice before a meal can even help you lose
weight. It contains apigenin, an active compound that slashes the risk of
This is a fruit you can enjoy as a
nutritious snack without ever worrying about gaining weight. Like apples, it
contains a fiber called pectin that is known to inhibit colon cancer. It also
contains vitamin A, C, E, B6 as well as potassium, calcium and magnesium.
Bananas, depending upon the size,
contain calories between 75 calories to 135 calories only.