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6 Foods That Won’t Cause Belly Fat

Belly fat is ugly, annoying, and embarrassing. It’s supposed to be easy to lose, but it seldom feels that way. But one thing is for sure: the best way to combat belly fat is through your diet.

It’s not about eating less; it’s about shifting your focus to healthy foods that won’t cause belly fat. Here are 6 you can start with today.

Potassium-rich Foods

Adding potassium to your diet helps combat the bloat caused by a typical sodium-laden diet. Foods like bananas, potatoes (with the skin), spinach, and avocados are rich in potassium and can help eliminate the water retention and belly bloat caused by a salty diet. If you aren’t looking to get rid of belly fat but are instead looking to prevent it, potassium-rich foods can help keep belly fat at bay.

Lean Proteins

Proteins like fish, lean pork, skinless chicken breasts, and turkey cutlets are good choices if you want to prevent belly fat. They can help curb your appetite and are good for muscle building which can help burn more fat. You’ll want to consume about six ounces of lean protein every day to get the proper amount of protein in your diet.

Berries

Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries contain plant chemicals called anthocyanins which put them on the short list of foods that won’t cause belly fat. These chemicals actually burn abdominal fat according to researchers at the University of Michigan. To beat belly bulge, consume about two cups of berries each day.

Oats

Research suggests consuming whole grains can increase weight loss. Oat groats, the basic form of oats, are gluten-free so they won’t cause belly bloat the way other carbohydrates do.

To add oat groats to your diet, soak them overnight and rinse them before blending. Combine them with water, a sugar substitute, and a little bit of cinnamon to make yourself a healthy bowl of oatmeal.

Green Vegetables

Fresh green vegetables are another food that won’t cause belly fat. They help you feel full for longer periods of time and also help burn more calories. Green vegetables contain fiber and are good for digestion as well.

To get a variety of green vegetables in your diet, experiment with foods other than just lettuce and spinach. For example, try arugula, cabbage, fennel, kale, broccoli rabe, and endive.

Beans

Beans have resistant starch in them. This is a belly fat fighter also found in bananas and corn. These starches don’t turn into sugar like pasta and rice do. Instead, they typically pass through your body undigested and act more like fiber.

Adding beans like chickpeas or kidney beans to your salads or meals can help fight off belly fat. Including a half-cup of beans in your daily diet should be enough to reap the benefits!

A Caution About “Natural Foods”

Lastly, we want to leave you with a word of caution. When you want to get rid of belly fat, you may be tempted to go for “natural foods”. After all, foods labeled as “all-natural” should be good for you, right? Not always.

Perhaps Chris Walker, author of the Salvation Diet, sums it up best….

“Most people think natural means healthy, but that’s not always the case. Take sugar for example. Many labels boast “contains real cane sugar!” and people think that means it’s good for you. But they don’t realize that our bodies aren’t designed to consume added sweeteners whether they’re natural or not! Corn and fruit are two more examples of foods that are found in nature but are bad if you eat too much (like almost all Americans do!).”

You can learn more about Chris Walker and his bible-inspired Salvation Diet at www.stabilitypact.org.

man with male pattern baldness (MPB)

The Best Way To Fight Male Pattern Baldness Now And In The Future

Male pattern baldness (MPB), scientifically known as Androgenetic Alopecia, affects 70 percent of men before they reach age 70. MPB is associated with a genetic predisposition to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) sensitivity. DHT is a derivative of testosterone and in prone men, it destroys hair follicles along the mid-anterior scalp and temples.

Although there are thousands of cures for male pattern baldness marketed on the internet, most of these are ineffective. Science has shown little connection between nutrition and MPB although deficiency of protein, zinc, and biotin is thought to contribute to some extent. The most effective and medically supported cures include:

Medication

Medication is currently the best way to fight male pattern baldness. There are only two medications that are approved by the FDA for the treatment of MPB. Finasteride, marketed as Propecia, is an oral drug that acts by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT.

According to Men Fitness, Propecia causes some sexual side effects such as impotence and ejaculation problems. Yale.edu puts the percentage of affected users at just 2%. The American Hair Loss Association recommends Finasteride as the first medication to try for MPB. When taken daily, it reduces DHT by 60% and is effective in over 85% of men.

Note: For men who want to avoid the sexual side effects of Propecia, there is a new dietary protocol that acts like a “natural Finasteride” to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT. You can learn more about it at http://newspapercat.org.

The other FDA-approved drug is known as Minoxidil. This drug, sold as Rogaine, is applied topically and is believed to act by stimulating the follicles to produce hair. Both of these drugs are meant to be used indefinitely as discontinuation results in a reversal of the positive effects. Using both drugs together has been shown to increase efficiency.
Many natural and homemade medications purport to help with hair loss, but most have not been scrutinized closely enough by science to support these claims.

Hair Transplant

Hair transplantation has come a long way since it was first used in the 1950’s and 60’s. In the original method, hair was transplanted from the back and sides of the head to fill in bald spots. These hair “plugs” were made of multiple hair strands. However, this method left a corn-like appearance on the bald areas.

Today, Dr. George Cotsarelis, a Penn Medicine physician specializing in hair loss, tells Mensfitness.com, that surgeons use two methods: Follicular Unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). FUT harvests a strip of scalp from the back of the head which is then moved to bald areas in groups of three or four hairs. This method generally leaves a thin scar.

FUE involves moving individual follicles and is now the most preferred method. However, it is more challenging and expensive.

Proper Lifestyle Management

According to WebMD, many studies link MPB to smoking, so quitting could help alleviate baldness. Stress is also known to accelerate male pattern baldness according to MedicalDaily.com. However, it has to be intense long-term stress, such as the loss of a loved one, rather than short term daily stress like being late for work. Stress leads to increased production of DHT in men. Proper stress management is therefore an important tool in fighting male pattern baldness.

Disguise

Although not a “cure” in the strict sense of the word, some forms of disguise can help men who suffer from baldness feel comfortable with their hair loss. These include weaves, hairpieces, and changing hair styles. The US National Library of Medicine discourages the use of suturing hairpieces as these can lead to scars or infections of the scalp.

Possible Future Treatments

According to MedicalDaily.com, researchers are developing a revolutionary cure that ironically involves plucking hairs to stimulate new hair growth. Inducing trauma to heal trauma is one of the foundations of surgery, and it is the same principle on which this new treatment is based. The procedure, known as quorum sensing, has been shown to work in mice and may soon be a mainstream cure for MPB.

Another possible cure, as reported in the Telegraph, involves the use of stem cells to create dermal papillae cells that are vital to follicle formation. These are then transplanted back into human subjects. This may eventually be the best way to fight male pattern baldness, but for now the study is still in its infancy and could take decades to come to fruition.