One of the most commonly associated words with ‘summer’ is always ‘vacation’. The only saving grace of hot weather is booking a getaway to far away island, jet-setting to a picturesque city, or keeping it chill poolside with a cocktail in hand. However, what’s ironic is that the single concept that prompts the idea of a break, is the same one that gives us pressure. Pressure to exercise that is.
Because with summer comes the chance to wear a new swimsuit, and trying one on only reminds us of the bulge we have yet to lose. So we eat to our heart’s content but compensate by sweating it out at the gym as if our lives depended on looking bikini-ready. While we admire you for your efforts, we have to warn you that working out isn’t the key to flatter abs. In fact, according to celebrity nutritionist Nadine Tengco, the proper ratio for fitness is 70% diet and 30% exercise. Instead of making your way to the gym, walk to the kitchen instead, because that’s where the results happen.
Now this woman’s judgment is not something to be doubted. She’s the fitness guru behind The Biggest Loser, Century Tuna Superbods, and has a long list of celebrity clients including Anne Curtis. In an exclusive interview with Nadine, she shared with us what superfoods can guarantee a flatter belly. We’re spilling the secrets—straight from her kitchen to yours.
This marvel is a freshwater alga that is rich in magnesium, vitamin C, protein, and antioxidants. What makes it so effective for weight loss is its anti-inflammatory properties that prevent bloating. In fact, the Journal of Medicinal Food states that it results in noticeable reductions in body fat percentage and cholesterol. As if those benefits aren’t enough, chlorella can also make you look younger. Its high levels of vitamin A and C help you achieve younger looking skin.
Chlorella’s cousin is also a kitchen essential. Spirulina is another alga that contains a vast array of nutrients such as protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins B, C, and E. For best results, consume this supplementary to your summer workout. It’s ideal for building muscle because of its easily digestible protein content. So it not only helps you build leaner muscles, but also allows you to burn more calories throughout the day.
Have you ever found yourself going through different lengths just to satisfy an insatiable food craving? To prevent that from happening again, it’s best to turn to Omega-3. It’s been proven to suppress appetite and lead to the consumption of fewer calories. And it doesn’t just stop there, it also increases your metabolism and fat burning potential. In other words, you get to lessen what you eat and burn what you’ve already eaten!
To finish off, if you have your apprehensions about dieting or giving up your unhealthy indulgences, then just remember, nothing tastes as good as being fit feels.