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Thanks Libby...sometimes they will change the link, or block it, and the same link here is being displayed two different ways. Could it be a bug in the forum system? I got the error message myself, yet it's the same address...weird

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The link in your post shows as "h t t p : / / h t t p s : / / www" etc. (obviously not with the spaces).

Did you use the link icon? That seems to automatically put in an "h t t p : //".

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Yes, I did use the link icon, and I always do. As you know I've been having a few problems here, starting with the quote function, so this doesn't surprise me. It's happened before but that time I noticed it, whereas this time I didn't. Will you pass this on to Graham?

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Here's a different kind of article I found interesting because most of the list is different from the "10 Foods..." list, of which I will post below.  Sure would appreciate everyone's input.



7 Top Foods For Melting Away Harmful Belly Fat Without Exercise


1) Oats ~ Oats are gluten-free, is generally safe for most people and is a healthy choice for breakfast to start off the day. Oats are rich in soluble fiber, helps keep a healthy digestive tract, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol level. Even individuals with skin problems will benefit from eating oats daily. It encourages regular bowel movements that will gradually reduce the size of your belly.

2) Almonds ~ When you feel like munching, reach for tasty roasted almonds instead of that packet of chips. Almonds will help you to maintain a very low calorie diet. They don’t contain harmful fats, only health-promoting fats—monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—the same type of fats found in olive oil. Recently, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition pointed out that both these types of fats satisfies the cells and help prevent overeating. Eating almonds regularly is helpful for lowering the risks of heart diseases. Almonds have a high level of magnesium that is needed to build muscle. The more muscles you have, the more belly fats you burn.

3) Melons: Watermelon and Cucumber ~ Watermelon and cucumber are foods rich in hydration minerals. Eating or drinking watermelon juice helps to reduce water retention that most people with belly fat may have. Eating a melon or drinking of its juice before your meal fills you up with very low calories, is cleansing to your detox organs and encourage elimination of toxins. For this reason The American Dietetic Association has declared watermelon as a perfect ingredient to reduce the belly fat. A recent research of the University of Kentucky suggests that if you drank two glasses of watermelon juice every day for eight weeks, it will not only reduce your belly fat but also reduce your body weight.

4) Beans and Legumes ~ Beans and legumes are rich sources of fiber and protein, two key ingredients that particularly target reduction of belly fats and breaking them down by developing muscle. Beans are also helpful for digestion process and a good digestion system helps reduce belly fats. Eating beans keep you full for longer, reducing your chances of overeating without adding substantial calories and keeping your energy intact.

5) Green Vegetables ~ Green vegetables are excellent foods that are low in calories and high in fiber. Green vegetables have insoluble fibers that help sweep the digestive tract clean, providing for a good digestive system. What is even better is drinking one or two glasses of green vegetable juices daily that help melt away fats. It may not make sense to you, but it works!

6) Lemon Water ~ You may have heard it many times before, and I will say it again here. Have a warm glass of lemon water in the morning. Add slices of lemon into the water that you drink throughout the day. (Learn how much water you need to drink daily.) Lemon is one of the best detoxifying foods that also enhance absorption of nutrients. Fats are really your body’s waste storage, and lemon gets to melt away the fats/toxins and remove them from your body.

7) Oily Fish ~ If you have to eat meat, choose oily fish over any other meat. Some of the quality oily fish you can eat are mackerel, salmon, and tuna. Think Omega3. They are brain food, anti-inflammatory and melt the wrong fats in your body. Choose grilled/baked fish over deep-fried fish.

Finally, what you don’t eat is as important as what you do eat. Eliminate harmful foods that keep you from burning belly fats: Processed foods, foods high in fat and low in fiber, flour and sugar products, vegetable cooking oil.

Eat your dinner at least two hours before bedtime. One of the surest ways to develop belly fats is going to sleep right after a heavy meal. Avoid that, especially after having a meaty meal.

Belly fat doesn’t only ruin your overall image, but is also harmful to health in the long run. Bear in mind to choose and include any of the above foods regularly in your diet to help speed up belly fat burning, even without working out!



10 foods to eat so you never have to diet

This herb does more than just give meals extra flavor and scent—it can also help keep your tummy flat through its naturally occurring chemical allicin, says registered dietitian and Nutritious Life founder Keri Glassman. “Allicin kills off harmful bacteria in your digestive tract to keep your gut healthy and functioning, which means less bloat.” Also, Korean researchers discovered that this member of the onion family may have an anti-obesity effect thanks to proteins being stimulated in the liver. Toss garlic in almost any poultry, pasta, or veggie dish, or add it to dressings and sauces.

When you're craving carbs, look no further than the legume family, says registered dietitian and food and nutrition consultant Rachel Begun. Beans are unique in that they offer significant amounts of both fiber and protein in one package -- one cup of black beans has a whopping 17 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein. We're learning that fiber and protein are invaluable for weight management because both are highly satiating, meaning they leave us feeling full for longer and prevent overeating later in the day. A recent study published in the journal Obesity found that extracts from white kidney beans can reduce the absorption of calories from carbohydrates and tame sweets cravings, thanks to certain enzymes that inhibit starch digestion.

"In-shell pistachios are one of my go-to snacks for weight management," says Katherine Brooking, a registered dietitian and cofounder of Appetite for Health. A one-ounce serving has 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, but their real power is felt more in your eyes than your stomach. Needing to de-shell helps you munch more slowly, and the discarded shells may also provide a visual cue to remind you of how much you've eaten, which helps put the brakes on out-of-control snacking, adds Brooking. In fact, in a study conducted at Eastern Illinois University, participants who snacked on in-shell pistachios consumed 41 percent fewer calories compared to those who ate the shelled version.

Perhaps we should take tips from the Japanese, whose country has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, says registered dietitian and Appetite for Health cofounder Julie Upton. One of their staples is wakame, a type of nutrient- and protein-rich seaweed. Compounds isolated from wakame, [known as] fucoxanthin, have been shown to help increase fat burning in animal model studies says Upton. More studies are currently looking at other compounds in seaweed, like alginates, that form gels in the stomach to enhance feelings of fullness. Toss seaweed into soups and salads or use it instead of lettuce in wraps and sandwiches.

Good news for those who like it hot. Jalapeno peppers contain an antioxidant called capsaicin, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and metabolism booster, says Glassman Some studies have found that people who eat pepper-packed meals feel less hungry and burn more calories later. One such study conducted at Purdue University discovered that volunteers who infrequently consumed this spicy, nutrient-dense vegetable reaped more of its weight-loss benefits, a result of experiencing less hunger, especially for fatty, salty, and sweet foods. According to researchers, sprinkling red pepper on a meal may be sustainable and beneficial in the long run, especially when paired with exercise and healthy eating.

Who said all white foods are off-limits? White potatoes are actually a slimming food, says Glassman. The reason: They're full of rich resistant starch, a compound that ferments in the gut and creates butyrate, a fatty acid that may spur your body to burn more fat. A study published in the journal Diabetes found that butyrate also improved insulin sensitivity and increased energy expenditure in mice.

While these juicy stone fruits are naturally filling due to their fiber content--a medium one contains 3 grams -- that's not the only reason they help peel off the pounds. New research from Oklahoma State University indicates that mangoes may lower blood sugar, which can help to control cravings, especially for carbs, thus keeping your willpower intact, says Brooking. And good news: Since mangoes are grown in tropical climates all over the world, they're available year-round.

It's more than just a low-cal standby. The calcium in yogurt may help lower calcitrol in the body, which helps turn on fat burning and turn down fat storage, says Brooking. Plus, the beneficial probiotics in yogurt feed your gut, and we now know that gut microbes in those who are a healthy weight are different than in those who are obese. The way yogurt is made, which includes fermentation, also gives it higher concentrations of protein, B-vitamins, calcium, potassium, and magnesium compared to milk, making it the ultimate dairy food.

More than 80 percent of the calories in avocados are from fat -- but they're still incredibly good for you, says Upton. Research shows that people who eat avocados have lower BMIs, and a recent study of overweight men and women found that adding avocados to lunch increased satisfaction by 22 percent. It also reduced desire to eat over the next three hours by 24 percent. The study authors suggest that the fiber, unsaturated fat content, and a blood-sugar-lowering sugar called D-mannoheptulose may play a role in helping steady blood sugar levels and keeping appetite in check.

These veggies are rich in fiber, with each medium-size one packing 6 grams. Fiber is valuable if you're trying to lose weight because it actually slows digestion so that you feel full longer, says Glassman. It also means more volume for fewer calories. And artichokes promote good gut health. They contain indigestible nutrients, called prebiotics, that help support the good bacteria in your digestive system, which can deflate belly bloat and flatten your tummy. 


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