Eve's Health & Fitness

DOB: October 27 CURRENT RESIDENCE: North Eastern Oklahoma OCCUPATION: Certified Group Fitness Instructor HEIGHT:5'1"; WEIGHT:105 lbs.; BF%:14.3% bodyfat FAVORITE BODY PARTS TO TRAIN: Back, abs FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL: Mexican and any dark chocolate CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Featured as a fitness role model in Chad Tackett's Global-Health & Fitness website: http://www.global-fitness.com/ DESCRIBE MYSELF: Competitive, energetic, persistent, focused, consistent, and driven.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Five Foods to Flatter Abs

5 Foods to Flatten Your Abs

The five foods you'll need for flatter abs will help you be healthier and leaner, plus, you'll be pleasantly surprised by some of the suggestions. Now start eating yourself skinny!

Orange you glad you get to eat carbs?
The best way to whittle down your waist is to replace carbohydrates (like white bread) with carbs from fruits and vegetables. Orange-hued foods were found to be the most effective substitutes.

Since fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, they keep you feeling full longer. Get a good dose of beta-carotene from carrots, cantaloupe, squash and peaches. You can get your vitamin C from oranges and berries, but remember that fruit juice is not a good substitute for the real thing.

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?
You should be getting about 25 percent of your daily calories from protein. Choose lean sources like low-fat yogurt, fat-free milk, fish and poultry to keep calories down. Nuts are also high in protein, but can also be high in calories, so eat them in moderation. A handful a day is recommended.
Protein helps to keep you feeling full and boost your energy -- aiding in your weight-loss efforts. According to research from Skidmore College and Copenhagen University Hospital, eating additional protein is especially helpful for those over 40 in reducing abdominal fat.

Selenium: One marvelous mineral.
Those with lower levels of selenium had larger waistlines. This cancer-fighting mineral also seemed to lower rates of abdominal obesity. Your best bet to get enough selenium is to eat a varied, balanced diet or try a supplement containing the mineral. The best sources are whole grains, nuts (especially Brazil nuts), poultry, red meat and seafood.

Booze it and lose it!
Data reviewed by the National Center for Health Statistics points to one 4-ounce glass of wine most days as the best bet it protects against weight gain around the waistline in women. While one glass has great health benefits, having more is just going to add inches to your waist.

Good and Bad Fats.
There's a difference between good and bad fats. Eating good fats like monounsaturated and omega-3s make it easier to stay slim. "The healthy fats, like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are found in fish, nuts, olive oil and avocado, while the bad fats, like saturated and trans are found in butter, shortening, pre-packaged cakes and cookies.

Exercise and follow these simple guidelines and you'll be on your way to an abs-olutely amazing midsection!

Sources: Shawn McKee, Shawn McKee graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism and has written for The Broward and Miami New Times.


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