Trying to Lose Weight in Target Areas? These 10 Foods Will Help, But Not in the Way You Think
Exercisers and dieters everywhere would be thrilled if it were possible to choose exactly which parts of the body you could melt fat or drop pounds from. Unfortunately, whether it be your thighs, your arms, your bum, or your waistline, there's just no way to reduce one or more target areas specifically. Weight loss in any of your body parts comes from overall weight loss.
Where you lose weight is dependent on genetics and where your body stores fat. If you are looking to lose weight from a specific place, work on losing weight in general and eventually, you will start to see changes, especially if you factor in the right exercise techniques.
It’s safe to say that spending hours in the gym will only give you results if you practice clean eating. We spoke with Josh Axe, certified doctor of natural medicine, about eliminating fried and processed foods from the diet and incorporating more leafy greens and fruits. “While physical fitness is a major component of getting in shape, abs truly are made in the kitchen,” Axe said. “Adding these good-for-you foods to your diet can transform your body into a fat-burning machine — and even reap extra health benefits.”
This delicious, creamy nut butter is an ideal example of the perfect combination of protein and fat that will fill you up and keep you satisfied. A two-tablespoon serving of plain almond butter, with no added salt or sugar, clocks in at 196 calories, seven grams of protein, and about 18 grams of healthy fat. Pair your almond butter with a carbohydrate source such as whole wheat bread or a banana.
Eating fat to lose weight? Welcome to the misunderstood world of the avocado. “Many people trying to slim down steer clear of the fruit – yes, it’s a fruit – because avocados are high in fat,” Axe said. “What they don’t realize, however, is that avocados are actually fat fighters. They’re full of monounsaturated fats and studies have shown that diets high in those healthy fats have been found to burn more calories, even during a state of rest.” This means you can burn fat even when you’re not at the gym. That’s something most people can get behind. Axe recommends dipping veggies into guacamole, adding half an avocado to your breakfast smoothie, or even incorporating it into dessert, such as chocolate avocado mousse.