Monday, August 27, 2007
Medical Reports: Ab Fab
Coconut oil, asparagus, pineapple, fitness experts say there are some secret foods and tricks that can help women get rid of stubborn belly fat. Seven's Richard Lemus reveals the secrets to being ab fab.
WSVN -- The kangaroo pouch, the pooch, ab flab, call it what you want, it's the dreaded area that many women struggle with.
Jamika Johnson is a mother of two. She's worked hard to lose 35 pounds, but it's her lower abs that won't budge.
Jamika Johnson: "You seem like you can get off every area but that one spot. That's the spot that weight seems to stay on."
If anyone knows how to go from flab abs to fab abs, it's Miami fitness expert Jennifer Nicole Lee. After having two kids, she dropped more than 70 pounds and got rock-hard abs, naturally.
Jennifer Nicole Lee: "You can use food to help you snap your abs back in no time."
Her food tricks to a trimmer waistline-- adding coconut oil to cereal or a shake.
Jennifer Nicole Lee: "That is a super food that helps your metabolism be increased because it stimulates your thyroid, thus you're getting rid of more belly fat."
She also says certain fruits can make or break you.
Jennifer Nicole Lee: "I would never touch a banana because it's constipating. You always want to look for fruits that are citrus. Grapefruit is wonderful, lemons are incredible in helping you really detox that fat and flushing it out."
Jennifer Nicole Lee: "Also, I really embrace pineapple. I'll chop up a fresh pineapple and put it in a blender with just water. It's a great anti-inflammatory for your entire body."
Jennifer claims fiber is your stomach's best friend. She suggests sweet potatoes and All Bran extra fiber cereal. Also, coffee and asparagus are good natural diuretics, while broccoli is more bloating. The other foods she steers clear of:
Jennifer Nicole Lee: "Milk, it doesn't do a body good. It actually bloats you. You can get calcium from sugar-free, carb-free supplements. What I also stay away from are sodas because they do make you puffy and do make you bloat. Another no-no is tofu or any soy product, it makes you bloat, and it raises your estrogen level, therefore it makes your body hold on to more fat."
Jennifer also wears an ab band while working. It holds the stomach in and helps muscle memory, and, as for ab exercises, she says twisting is better than side to side.
Jennifer Nicole Lee: "You want to make sure you're not building your obliques out by doing side to side movements, you want to whittle your middle."
Jamika is following all of Jennifer's secrets and has one goal in mind.
Jamika Johnson: "Overall, I'm looking forward to getting into a bikini. I'm hoping for a tummy just like Jennifer."
Richard Lemus: "Lean proteins like fish and ground turkey are also a good choice, but stay away from items loaded with salt. It causes you to retain water."
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