Friday, July 18, 2014

Fat to Flat Belly Little Helpers [Infographic]

Fat to Flat Belly Little Helpers Infographic
from CalorieCalc.net
This infographic entitled Flat Belly Little Helpers, is simple but makes a very  important point when it comes losing weight, including belly fat.

How much fat gets stored in the body depends on our food choices  - i.e., the type of food we eat.

While there is no one food or a group of foods that will magically melt the fat away, there are some foods that definitely should be avoided in a weight loss promoting diet.

The foods to avoid (not just for weight loss but for general health) are those that contain refined sugar, trans-fats and refined carbohydrates or simple carbs.

On the other hand, there are certain categories of foods (such as fruits and vegetables) and certain specific foods that are healthy choices in a weight reduction diet plan.

These weight loss friendly foods are summarized in the infographic and all of them (except for two) are already included in a healthy whole food vegan or vegetarian diet:

❤  Almonds
❤  Avocado
❤  Bananas
❤  Blueberries
❤  Cinnamon
❤  Flaxseed Oil
❤  Green Tea
❤  Grapefruit
❤  Leafy Greens
❤  Pistachios
❤  Olive Oil
❤  Peanut Butter
❤  Whole Grains

Related:
✿  15 Foods to Include in Your Diet Everyday
✿  Top 10 SuperFoods for Exceptional Health
✿  Top 10 Foods for a Speedy Metabolism
✿  Good Carbs, Bad Carbs and the Ugly Truth About Your Diet
✿  Carbs:  Good vs. Bad

Infographic source:  CalorieCalc.Net found on Visual.ly

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Healthy Fats for the Brain [Infographic]

Healthy Fats, Hydration (Water Intake) and the Human Brain
Infographic from AngelmanToday.com
Lately there is more and more talk about sugar and inflammation (not fat and cholesterol) as being the main culprits in driving weight gain, belly fat and various chronic diseases.

This infographic presents some very interesting facts and information about fats and the human brain and explains the importance of consuming certain types of healthy fat at every meal as well as staying adequately hydrated, i.e., drinking plenty of fresh, clean water throughout each day.

Current research suggests that healthy fats are not only essential for proper functioning of the brain, but may also play an important role in weight loss (including abdominal or belly fat) and proper weight maintenance.

The healthiest fats mentioned in this infographic are contained in these natural foods:

✿ Olives
✿ Olive Oil
✿ Avocado
✿ Coconut Oil
✿ Almonds

Related:
Fat Facts
Brain Foods
Nutrition of Mental Health
The Benefits of Vegetable Oil
Healthy Oils

Infographic source and further information:  AngelmanToday.com

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Increase Serotonin with Food and Activities [Infographic]

Foods and Activities to Increase Serotonin (the Happy Chemical, Hormone)
Infographic from AuthenticDiscovery.com.au
Along with dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin, serotonin is often called one of the "happy chemicals" or "happy hormones".

Although serotonin is most often thought of as a brain chemical, it is a neurotransmitter found in the pineal gland, digestive tract, central nervous system and blood platelets.

Research suggests that serotonin is involved in regulating appetite, sleep, mood and aging.  It also influences learning, memory, behavior, cardiovascular function, bone metabolism, body temperature, muscle contraction and wound healing.

Because serotonin suppresses the appetite while promoting feelings of satiety and well-being and regulating sleep, proper serotonin levels have been linked to general weight loss, abdominal (belly) fat loss, and healthy weight maintenance.  Fortunately, increasing serotonin levels does not require expensive drugs, supplements or treatments - certain foods and activities naturally stimulate release of serotonin activity (while providing other health benefits), as this infographic illustrates:

Cayenne and Other Hot Peppers (relieve depression, potential "fat burner")
✿ Almonds (contain natural dietary fiber and magnesium, a brain "food")
✿ Walnuts (nutritionally dense, contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids, a brain nutrient)
Leafy Greens (contain important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and boost energy)
✿ Green Smoothie (a powerhouse of nutrients, natural detox aid and energy booster)
Water Hydration (essential to general good health and weight loos, relieves stress)
Epsom Salt (in the bath, help to relieve sore muscles and tension; have a calming effect)
Walking (an activity with many physical and emotional health and weight loss benefits)
✿ Smiling and Laughing (releases the "happy hormones", promoting general well-being)
✿ Spending Time in Nature (together with meditation and yoga, relieves stress, anxiety and depression, all of which aid in belly fat loss)

Related:
Brain Foods
Brain Threats and Protectors
Nutrition of Mental Health
Healthy Fats for the Brain
Daily Water Chart

Infographic source, more information and health tips:  Authentic Discovery




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