Eight Great Ways to Makeover Your Muffin Top
Oh, the dreaded muffin top -That roll of extra flesh and fat that seemingly appears out of nowhere as you approach 40. But it doesn't have to be an irrefutable fact of life. Metabolic Research Center offers eight great tips for giving your muffin top a slim, trip makeover.
- Sculpt your core: Working the core muscles in your back, chest and abdomen burns more calories and fat than does working other areas.
- Do some cardio: Regular cardio exercise and activities like swimming, running, interval training anddancing can help to burn excess calories before theyturn into fat.
- Be carb smart: There is such thing as good carbohydrates. Complex carbs found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains are less easily converted to fat than simple carbs found in carbonated drinks, chocolates and white pasta and breads.
- Power up on protein:Studies show that adding lean protein to your diet can help you feel fuller, boost metabolism, lose more fat and retain more muscle mass.
- Fuel up on fiber: Opt for high-fiber foods and treats to help keep you feeling full and less likely to fill up on junk foods throughout the day.
- Slash your sugar intake: Sugar isn't just in pastries and pastas. You may be surprised at the amount of sugar in seemingly harmless items like jarred tomato sauces, salad dressings, breakfast cereals and coffee creams.
- Nix alcohol:By-products of alcohol metabolism are converted to fatty acids, which are stored in the liver and sent to the bloodstream, raising the level of lipids in your blood, and thereby your risk for heart disease. And nutritionally, it's a whole lot of empty calories.
- Bust stress:The stress hormone cortisol makes it easier for the body to deposit fat in the abdomen, creating the dangerous belly fat associated with multiple obesity-related conditions, such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes.
Want to melt away your muffin top? Call 800-501-8090 and schedule an appointment with a weight loss specialist at your nearest Metabolic Research Center location.
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