Slimming Food Combos for Your Body Type

The secret to getting slim may be found in eating specific food combinations that target your body shape.

Slimming Food Combos for Your Body Type

You can diet smart – not hard – when it comes to working on your problem areas. Much of winning the battle is in knowing what to eat to optimize your weight loss. Those who carry excess weight in their bellies need foods that can work together to fight cortisol, the stress hormone that slows metabolism and increases inflammation. Those who want to get rid of excess fat from a big bottom do well on a low-fat, high-calcium diet. And if you have fat distributed all over, your biggest challenge is igniting your body’s natural fat burners.

The following food combos work with your body type to melt away your unwanted pounds.

Oranges and Avocados for a Big Belly

People with big middles tend to have higher levels of cortisol, the body’s key stress hormone. Too much cortisol slows your metabolism and also breaks down muscle, making you hard-wired to store fat. Vitamin C is known to reduce levels of cortisol. Pair oranges with avocados, rich in monounsaturated fats (or MUFAs), which are known to reduce inflammation and decrease fat storage in the belly.

Slim-Belly Salad: Take 1 avocado, pitted and sliced, and mix it with 3 oranges, peeled and parted. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, another MUFA, and a dash of salt. Eat this every day for lunch; add grilled chicken for protein, which will provide prolonged satiety and satisfaction.

Low-fat Cottage Cheese and Black Beans for a Big Bottom

Low-fat dairy is key for big bottoms. Research shows increasing calcium levels with a low-fat diet will actually speed up weight loss as calcium promotes fat breakdown. Pair low-fat cottage cheese with black beans; complex carbs will amp up weight loss further in big bottoms. Together, this combo will also decrease the amount of estrogen circulating in the body (estrogen is associated with carrying weight in your bottom).

Slim Bottom Dip: Mix one can of black beans (drained, low-sodium) and one 12-ounce container of low-fat cottage cheese. Mix together with 3 plum tomatoes, diced, a half-can of corn, and fresh chopped cilantro and hot sauce to taste. Eat with veggies or whole-grain crackers. Enjoy a quarter-cup as a snack between breakfast and lunch, and quarter-cup as a snack between lunch and dinner.

Brazil Nuts and Raw Onions to Slim You Down All Over

Brazil nuts are a great source of L-arginine. Studies show that people with excess belly fat actually have less growth hormone, without which they can’t properly distribute and break down fat. L-arginine is a super supplement that naturally boosts growth hormone levels and revs your metabolism, stimulating fat-burn all over. Raw onions are a natural diuretic, which can help to relieve bloating (cooking them will strip them of this property).

Slim All Over Side Dish: On your stove top, toast a quarter-cup of chopped Brazil nuts for about 2 minutes. Dice one raw onion. Add this mixture to quinoa, a whole grain and complete protein that is low on the glycemic index, a quality that helps to control the blood sugar spikes that lead to weight gain. Eat a half-cup of this as a side dish every night with dinner instead of any other starch. 

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.


Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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