Despite your best efforts, weight in certain areas can seem impossible to lose. However, you can trim and tone your problem parts if you know how to specifically target them. Discover the secrets to solving your biggest body dilemmas.
Body Dilemma: Big Belly (Truncal Fat)
People with truncal fat have higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in their body. Cortisol breaks down muscle, making these individuals hard-wired to store fat.
Obstacles: Extra belly fat slows down your metabolism and puts you at risk for heart disease and cancer.
Diet Solution: Concentrate on a diet of monounsaturated fats, which increase fat-burning and flatten your stomach. Start eating olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. Click here to quiz yourself on which foods will help to flatten your belly.
You also want to concentrate on eating whole grains and fiber. Studies show that whole grains help to trim fat from waistlines, and fiber will help with metabolism.
Meal Plan: Eat three 300-400 calorie meals that include whole grains and 2 fiber-rich snacks.
Fitness Solution: Target the belly by building core strength with the exercises below.