When you eat a certain balance of basic food components—protein, fat, and carbohydrates in very specific proportions—you can deactivate a gene that produces triglycerides. Triglycerides wind up as body fat, typically in the abdominal region, when they are too plentiful.
Fortunately, you don't have to analyze everything you eat to deactivate this fat-producing gene.
This is how you can lose pounds—and that stubborn belly fat—while still eating the foods that you love.
To drop pounds with lightning speed:
- Make a clean sweep. Rummage through your refrigerator and pantry and dump everything that's high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup and white flour.
- Go the whole 9 yards. Replace all those foods with whole-grain breads and cereals, 100 percent whole-wheat pasta, lots of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, and lean protein.
- Add this delicious, healthy fat to turbocharge your resting metabolism. The avocado in your guacamole is a terrific weight-loss tool because it is high in monounsaturated fat. This heart-healthy fat, also found in extra virgin olive oil, not only satisfies your hunger better than fast-burning carbs will, but it actually boosts your basal metabolic rate—the calories your body burns 24/7!
- Control binge eating. A lot of people eat healthfully all day long only to blow it by uncontrolled snacking late at night. Try this strategy: Eat the same snack every night—and, no, we're not talking Ben & Jerry's. Choose a cheese stick or a bowl of cereal. In one study, people who ate cereal 90 minutes after dinner dropped 4 pounds in a month!
- Eat often. Forget three square meals and no snacks. Keep your metabolism revving high by eating four to six times a day.