I enjoy the show The Biggest Loser. On one of the episodes this season they had an individual from Prevention magazine share some tips based on the "Flat Belly" diet. I was very excited because it sounded like a link had been found between the Mediterranean Diet and reduced abdominal obesity . Hence, the reason for this article!
The Mediterranean diet contains an increased level of monounsaturated fat compared to the typical American diet. Monounsaturated fa t is a type of heart healthy unsaturated fat. One of the best monounsaturated fat sources is olive oil.
I went to work researching to find scientific evidence to support a link between a diet high in monounsaturated fat and reduced belly fat.
Here's the main study supporting the connection between decreased abdominal obesity and monounsaturated fats.
Study: Published in the Diabetes Care back in 2007 by J.A. Paniagua, MD, PHD, A. Gallego de la Sacristana, MD, I. Romero, PHD, ...
One of the single most important things we can do to prevent health problems - including those associated with bladder and bowel control - is to maintain a proper weight. Researchers are increasingly identifying how body shape is a strong predictor of a number of chronic diseases. Science points to an expanding waist as a key indicator of pending problems. That's because it's where people tend to gain fat. But intra-abdominal fat is considered the most dangerous type. As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, and it gets replaced with layers of fat cells if we don't alter our behavior. Our metabolism also slows, especially after menopause in women, reducing our caloric needs simply to maintain the same weight. So if we alter nothing in our eating and exercise habits, we will simply grow heavier and fatter, increasingly predisposed to cancers (prostate, colon & rectal, etc.), diabetes, heart disease, and yes - even urinary incontinence .
What is Trans Fat?
A large number of manufacturers began adding trans fat to processed food about twenty-five years ago as a means to extend shelf life. About eighty percent of trans fat in the American diet comes from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil produced in factories.
Trans fats are artificial fats that can be made when hydrogen is added to liquid oil and then pressurized. Trans fats are in cookies, crackers, potato chips, and many other products for public purchase. Trans fats can extend product shelf life for years but also raise the risk for heart disease and obesity. They also contribute to elevated cholesterol levels and a drop in healthy HDL cholesterol. Trans Fat and Childhood Obesity A Canadian all-party commons committee expressed concerns that its current generation of children could expect poorer health outcomes and a shorter lifespan than their parents and cited obesity as the cause. It was noted that twenty-eight percent of Canadians between the age of two ...
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