There’s a reason why Popeye always ate his spinach. Spinach is loaded with nutritious ingredients. Spinach’s high vitamin and mineral count support a healthy body, while the water and fiber in spinach help you feel full. Plus, research shows that spinach helps bust cravings. A professor of appetite regulation at Lund University in Sweden, Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, explored the effects of spinach extract on 15 participants. The extract was given each morning and participants reported that it became easier to fight off those between-meal temptations as the study progressed. He discovered that a key compound found in spinach, thylakoid, makes spinach digest slower and alleviates hunger pangs. (4)
The lemon in this water recipe is great for boosting your immune system and cleaning out harmful toxins. Cucumber is an anti-inflammatory and helps you to stay hydrated. Mint sweetens your drink without adding sugar and aids in digestion. To make this one, just mix about eight cups of water with a medium cucumber (wedged or sliced), a whole lemon (wedged or sliced) and about ten mint leaves (or however many you prefer). Mix in a large pitcher and allow it to steep in the fridge overnight. This is a really tasty drink and one that offers many wonderful detoxing benefits.
"The best thing to do to is to stay away from simple carbs" while loading up on lean protein, says Murphy, who explains that it takes more energy to burn protein. (Here's what a perfect day of eating enough protein looks like.) When you do eat carbs, choose whole grains, which are high in filling fiber so you'll eat less. Plenty of cardio helps, too.
Research suggests that fat cells — particularly abdominal fat cells — are biologically active. It's appropriate to think of fat as an endocrine organ or gland, producing hormones and other substances that can profoundly affect our health. Although scientists are still deciphering the roles of individual hormones, it's becoming clear that excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, disrupts the normal balance and functioning of these hormones.
First one’s the Adrenal belly or Adrenal shape, caused by increased levels of cortisol. When going through stressful periods, the production of cortisol increases, and this favours the accumulation of fat around the waist, leading to a saggy abdomen. Both men and women are likely to gain weight around the waist if they are constantly exposed to high levels of stress, and besides the excess belly fat, they are also likely to experience fatigue, back pain, nervousness, poor memory and sleep problems.