I've been thinking about trying out the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.
Why that particular diet? Well, specifically because of my unwanted belly fat!!! Can you relate?!
There's a major PERK to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet... You get to enjoy dark chocolate!
Savor one to three ounces of at least 70 percent cacao chocolate a day.
In one study, women with excessive body fat ate a chocolate-free diet of 1,700 calories a day for a week. The next week, they had the same number of calories -- but with 515 of them coming from dark chocolate each day.
At the end of the second week, the women, on average, had shed a half inch from their waists.
Chocolate contains flavonoids called catechins, which seem to reduce insulin sensitivity and the production of the stress hormone cortisol. "Erratic insulin levels and cortisol are powerful in their ability to pack on belly fat," says Pam Peeke, MD, a FITNESS advisory board member and the author of Body for Life for Women.
Dark chocolate is also high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which fight inflammation. Fat cells, particularly those in visceral fat (the dangerous kind in the belly that can lead to diabetes and heart disease), churn out molecules that set inflammation in motion.
It's a vicious cycle, because inflammation leads to belly fat, and belly fat leads to more inflammation.
What are your thoughts? Ever tried the Anti-Inflammatory Diet?
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