Foods to Help Eliminate Your Love Handles

by - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Love handles. They plague men just as much as women (whether or not you care to call them that or prefer "spare tire"). Regardless, if you do in fact have the extra poundage hanging around your midsection, take a look at these fat-eliminating foods.

While these foods won’t literally incinerate the fat from your abdominals, they will promote weight loss, and aid in your long-term goals without making you feel deprived. “So many diets are bereft of proper protein,”  Instead, many guys count calories and eat tiny portions of high-sugar foods or juices that actually create a starving sensation, he adds.

The principle behind the selection of these foods is simple: You'll eat real food (Read: not a bunch of bars or shakes) that come from every major food group. “You want 80 percent of what you eat to be raw, whole, plant-deprived foods to support your system and create an optimized environment for health and wellness,Make sure to pick foods packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep you energized to power through every day and any workout.- source(

Leafy greens will provide vital nutrients, cleanse your body, and fill your stomach with healthy fiber and a surprisingly high (pound-for-pound) amount of protein. Seeds and legumes will provide additional satiating plant-based protein to make sure you never have that starving sensation, which causes even valiant men to binge on Twinkies.

Healthy fats from nuts and oils will help you drop the pounds (fat doesn’t make you fat), and keep your hunger at bay from meal to meal. Adding some lean meat into the mix will help build muscle. You want organic, grass-fed meat, and sustainably wild-caught fish. Low-glycemic fruit will cater to your carb and sweets needs, though the craving will diminish drastically after about three days.

You should eat meals every four to six hours and snack very minimally. Snacking, and eating in general, raises insulin levels, which is responsible for storing excess carbs and sugars as fat. Even with the best intentions, you’ll never lose weight if you slack when it comes to snack time. Add these eating principles and food guidelines to your daily diet, and watch that extra weight slip right off your midsection.

Almonds have always been considered an excellent source of healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, but they’re also a decent plant-based source of protein, with 30 grams of protein per cup," Elkaim says. Aisde from having the most protein of all the tree nuts, almonds are also the highest in fiber, Vitamin E, calcium, niacin and riboflavin. Keep them in your desk or car for easy snacking throughout the day.

Brown rice is staple for vegans and vegetarians because it’s filling and inexpensive. It also contains a good dose of protein (5 grams per cooked cup) and fiber (3.5 grams per cooked cup), which helps reduce blood glucose and blood insulin levels. In a recent study at Harvard University School of Public Health, researchers found that by eating 50 grams of brown rice a day, people can reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 16 percent. "Brown rice is also an excellent source of two very important antioxidants, selenium and manganese, which, among other things, prevent free radical damage, attack cancer cells and repair DNA

Kale (My Favourite Vegetable) High in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but low in calories, non-starchy veggies like kale, spinach, and arugula are a great way to add volume to a meal without weighing it down," Cording says. Kale has about 1.5 grams of protein per chopped cup (raw), which isn’t a ton, but you can have it be the base of your salads, toss it into smoothies and greens drinks, add it to soups, or sauté it as a side dish to add a punch of nutrients. In fact, the nutrient profile of kale is enough reason to make the veggie a focal point of your diet. It has double the amount of vitamin C as oranges (120 mg), a healthy dose of vitamin A (which helps protect your eyes), is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, and calcium, too.

Coconut oil is readily used by the body as an energy source. It's a heart-healthy fat that's been shown to improve cholesterol profiles, reduce inflammation, and rev metabolism, too. Not sure how to incorporate it into your diet? Elkaim suggests adding 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil into your morning tea, or melting it over salmon with a bit of garlic. It's easy to cook with (because of its high smoking point) and you’ll enjoy powerful antiviral and antibacterial benefits, as well. (Plus, if you add it to rice when you cook it, you'll cut calories by up to 60 percent!

Avocados are the ideal healthy fat because they "keep you full by slowing down digestion.What's more, the fruit is packed with potassium, which fights bloating, so all that hard work you've done on your abs will show. "Avocadoes have about 14 grams of healthy fat per half a fruit, so they’ll increase your post-snack satiation (meaning you’ll be likely to eat less at the next meal), and on top of its good-for-you fats, avocado consumption actually aids in the absorption of vital nutrients when eaten with other fruits and veggies. Just be careful not to go overboard—even healthy foods can pack on the pounds if you're not careful. 

I didn't know this until I came across this online, Red palm oil comes from the palm tree family (just like coconut oil), only it's thicker in consistency, has an earthier taste, and actually contains the highest amount of vitamins A and E of any plant-based oil. "Blend it into your morning smoothie, or melt it over meat to get satiating fats, tons of Vitamin E, and heart-protective benefits, which will fuel lifelong.

Chicken- Protein helps you stay satisfied and helps your body build and repair muscle tissue to get you looking lean," Cording says. Chicken is especially important if you're trying to drop your love handles and build muscle because it has all the essential amino acids your body needs.

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