We just visited the grocery while out running another lumberyard-errand. For decades, it's been nothing but amusing to read the headlines on the checkout-counter magazines -- "lose 15 pounds in four weeks" will be on the same cover with a close-up photo of cake or cookies. Do they really expect nobody notices the inconsistent message? What DID hit my funnybone today was a cookbook devoted to "flat belly" recipes.
I can tell people how to flatten their bellies -- or at least improve their condition -- in four steps, but I doubt if i'd get a lot of takers.
- Eliminate omega-6 oils and fructose from your diet, to get rid of that NAFL that causes your liver to take over your midsection (of course, if your FL is not of the NA variety, dropping the A is in order);
- Stop eating things that bloat your intestines;
- Do slow-burn-type leg lifts; and
- Persistently follow a diet that's effective for YOU to lose weight -- not your trainer, not your doctor, not your nephew, not your granddaughter, and certainly not the diets that failed Tara Pope.
Trouble is, stuffing your belly with large quantities of vegetation is not only non-satiating, they cause an outsized insulin response MERELY FROM THE STOMACH DISTENTION. Then when those vegetables reach your small intestine, if you have bacterial overgrowth there (as a lot of people do, who are recovering from a high-carb diet), that portion of your gut will bloat. When the contents get to your colon, anything that your microbiota don't like (or like too much) will create even more fermentation, gas and inflammation.
Fructose malabsorption and FODMAP problems, dysbiosis and food-poisoning -- a lot of things cause bloat in your gut. It's THOROUGHLY STUPID to insist on continuing to eat foods which are DAMAGING YOUR BODY simply because "you have the right to eat anything you want." Sure you have the right to eat whatever -- but is it actually a good idea to do so?