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Nutrition Secrets For A Flat Fat Free Tummy

I'm often asked to pick my favorite "to do's" when it comes to slimming the waistline. So here they are:

Cut Calories:

Cutting calories is the key to maintaining a trim midsection. The only way to see a solid set of abs is in the absence of body fat. To achieve this goal a person must reduce calories. However, what I find is people go whole hog and drop caloric intake too much and too fast. When reducing calories make sure it is not too drastic. This slows your metabolism and allows you to store more stubborn fat. When you reduce calories and increase energy output the body will be forced to burn fat all over, not just in one area. I'm not saying to starve, simply drop the junk food and reduce calories by 10 to 15percent. That may mean cutting out the donuts.

Eat at Least Five to Six Small Meals Per Day:

Small meals eaten frequently help to keep your metabolism high, allowing you to burn fat, even while you sleep. This approach is in vogue with many fitness authorities. The main reason is stoking the furnace within your body. The more you practice eating small meals more often, the more you will find body fat leaving your body. For more information on this check out "Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle" mentioned at the end of this manual.

Reduce Carbohydrate Intake at Night:

Since the majority of carbs consumed are complex (slow release), tapering them off toward the end of the day will minimize the possibility of carb-to-fat turnover. This is a proven fact eat, carbs at night and you will gain body fat. Think about it, if you eat late are you ever hungry in the morning? No! Blood sugar levels are still above average. So what happens? You do not eat a good breakfast ...and poof you eat like a hog at lunch so you're not hungry again until late at night....and the cycle continues over and over.

Eat a Healthy Serving of Fiber with Meals:

Fiber helps with the digestion of protein, carbs and fat. It is the key to burning the sugar from carbs making muscles leaner. Adding fiber to your diet is one of the best things you can do. Also, anything containing fiber is usually going to be low in calories (i.e. vegetables). Get as much of this stuff as you possibly can. Fiber is necessary for a balanced nutritional plan.

Drink Plenty of Water:

Water contains no calories and can be used as an appetite suppressant. Water also aids in the metabolism of stored fat. It helps to keep sodium levels down and regulates vitamins and minerals. Consume at least half your body weight in ounces. This is an issue we have always be told "drink 8 Glasses of water per day" I have been told this since I can remember. However, how many of you reading this even come close to this amount let alone drink the proper amount and the correct kind. Water intake is the first step towards reducing body fat and getting your digestive system working for you instead of against you.

The many signs and symptoms of dehydration are often missed by the medical profession and thought of as a disease condition. We could just be simply dehydration and instead of advising us on water intake they give up pharmaceuticals medicine which makes the signs die down and go away however they manifest into bigger and bigger problems.

Fluid management is a key way to enjoy life and dramatically reduce stress and disease.

Water is the catalyst in all metabolic functions through out our bodies. Your central nervous system is so sensitive that even a 1% loss of water can effect nerve function and cause psychological disorders.

In his outstanding book "You Body's Many Cries for Water Dehydration, Dr. Batmanghelidj states the number one problem with all our common day health problems is a lack of water or hydration. So if you are not drinking the proper amount water per day you subject your body to many deliberating diseases. To get more information go to: <a href="https://" target="_blank"></a>

Some of these are:

Chronic pain Colitis pain Dyspeptic pain Hiatus hernia Rheumatoid arthritis pain Low back pain Neck pain Angina pain Head aches Depression High blood Pressure High blood cholesterol Excess body weight Asthma Allergies Diabetes

All of us have experience one of the above at one time or another. So the simplest way to feeling better and get your "insides" working for you is to drink ½ of your body weight in ounces per day.

If you are trying to get the fat off your mid section water will detoxify your fat cells and allow the toxins to flow out of your body allowing the fat to be used as fuel. Proper water intake is essential to detoxification and the removal of fat stores such as cellulite.

Drink purified water only - NEVER TAP WATER:

Either buy bottled water such as trinity, Evian, or Volvic you can also if you can not afford these waters all the time purchase a Brita water system.

Again ½ your body weight in ounces of water each day. If you are working out as you should increase this by 1/3.

Fluids are not all the same so do not fall into the trap that a can of diet soda counts for anything. Cut out all soda products, coffee and alcohol if you really want to get in the best shape of your life.

Salt is a substance that has been criticized for years. It plays a vital role in the absorption of all foods. It aids in clearing up asthma and cystic fibrosis. Prevents muscle cramps and is a strong anti-histamine aid.

To get the most out of your water intake. Upon awakening drink 16 ounces. Make sure is room temperature. If it is not your body will keep it in the stomach until it heats up. This in turn locks down your pyloric valve between your stomach and your small intestine and delays the effect.

Always drink a glass about ½ hour before each meal and 1 glass 1 hour after each meal. The water aids in the digestion of foods. When food is digested it relies on water to aid in the transport. Add about ½ tsp. of sea salt to every 10 glasses of water in you diet. To make this all work even better make sure you take in an ample supply of vegetables balanced with protein to regulate acidity levels.

Moderate Sodium Intake:

High sodium means high water retention. This really happens when you are dehydrated. If you are dehydrated and your sodium intake is high, it can actually cause you to gain weight in addition to many other ailments such as high blood pressure. High sodium intake can also elevate cholesterol levels. I recommend staying away from table salt altogether and using natural salt like sea salt. Also avoid adding additional sodium to foods. When possible, eat plain. Keep sodium low to prevent excess water retention and weight gain.

About Author David Grisaffi :

David Grisaffi is a Sports Conditioning Coach and holds multiple certifications including three from the prestigious C.H.E.K. Institute: Level II Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiologist, Golf Biomechanic, and Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach. Plus he is also the author of the popular selling e book, "Firm and Flatten Your Abs," which teaches you how to develop a ripped abdominal region. Visit his site at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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