Slimming Food Combos for Your Body Type
The following food combos work with your body type to melt away your unwanted pounds.
Oranges and Avocados for a Big Belly
People with big middles tend to have higher levels of cortisol, the body’s key stress hormone. Too much cortisol slows your metabolism and also breaks down muscle, making you hard-wired to store fat. Vitamin C is known to reduce levels of cortisol. Pair oranges with avocados, rich in monounsaturated fats (or MUFAs), which are known to reduce inflammation and decrease fat storage in the belly.
Slim-Belly Salad: Take 1 avocado, pitted and sliced, and mix it with 3 oranges, peeled and parted. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, another MUFA, and a dash of salt. Eat this every day for lunch; add grilled chicken for protein, which will provide prolonged satiety and satisfaction.
Slim Bottom Dip: Mix one can of black beans (drained, low-sodium) and one 12-ounce container of low-fat cottage cheese. Mix together with 3 plum tomatoes, diced, a half-can of corn, and fresh chopped cilantro and hot sauce to taste. Eat with veggies or whole-grain crackers. Enjoy a quarter-cup as a snack between breakfast and lunch, and quarter-cup as a snack between lunch and dinner.
Slim All Over Side Dish: On your stove top, toast a quarter-cup of chopped Brazil nuts for about 2 minutes. Dice one raw onion. Add this mixture to quinoa, a whole grain and complete protein that is low on the glycemic index, a quality that helps to control the blood sugar spikes that lead to weight gain. Eat a half-cup of this as a side dish every night with dinner instead of any other starch.
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