Diets come in all forms and purposes. For some individuals on a diet, the nutrition plan is developed in response to a health complication. For others, the use of a diet may be imposed to lose weight or for gaining weight. If you have a desire to change the way you look, the using a flat belly diet may help to give you that lean physique you are striving for.
A flat belly diet is one in which the focus is not, necessarily, on weight loss but, instead, a focus of building lean muscle – especially around the core. With this type of diet, you can typically expect that you will lose weight but, ultimately, these outcomes are not necessary to achieve the desired goal of the diet program. As with a hormone balancing diet, the end result may vary slightly from what is expected but overall improvement in health is anticipated.
Because excess weight and abnormal physique in the torso, or core, is commonly attributed to cortisol levels, many flat belly diets will work to reduce your intake of foods that will boost your cortisol levels. By reducing, or more effectively managing your cortisol levels, you will often find that your midsection because leaner and tighter.
But, diet is not the only issue to be addressed in the flat belly diet. In addition to changing what you eat, and boosting protein intake, your program will also include the use of exercise and stress reduction techniques. While exercise will help to build lean muscle, the stress reduction exercises will help to keep your insulin and cortisol levels into a more even balance which, ultimately, will help to flatten your tummy.
If you are unsure how to start on a flat belly diet, be sure to consult with your physician, first, on any potential health issues that you may need to address. Once your physician has given you clearance to engage in this type of diet program, then you can meet with a nutritionist who can outline meal plans for you, and meet with a trainer who can work with stress reduction and exercise routines.
While there are many dietary programs that can alleviate the extra weight around your midsection, following a strict diet and exercise program that works the core will ultimately give you the desired effect. Fad diets, typically, do not resolve midsection complications in the long term and will not give you the flat belly you are looking for. As with any diet change or exercise program, consult with your doctor to find the best program for your health needs.
Sources: Dieting for Dummies, by Jane Kirby