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Feed Your Face: Eat to Beat Belly Fat and Get Smoother Skin

By Dr Jessica Wu

Do you skip lunch in an effort to lose a few pounds? Or maybe you’re just so busy that it’s hard to stop in the middle of the day and have a proper meal (I can relate to that). You might reconsider such meal avoidance in light of the fact that bypassing lunch has been associated with weight gain. Eating every few hours, besides helping you control your weight, will maintain steady blood sugar and insulin levels, which can help fight acne, wrinkles, and rashes. For a flatter belly and smoother skin, try these lunch ideas from Feed Your Face:

  • Spinach-Avocado-Orange Salad: Toss baby spinach, sliced avocado, peeled and cut orange sections, red peppers, and roasted or grilled chicken or turkey. Drizzle with a low-sugar vinaigrette or dash of balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. To save time, prepare the ingredients the night before, then toss when you get to work. If you prefer to eat out, look for these ingredients at the salad bar. Avocados have gotten a bad rap for being high in fat, but studies have shown that substituting them for other fat sources (like butter) had no effect on weight or blood lipids.
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap: Fill a whole-wheat or gluten-free tortilla with crisp romaine, sliced grilled or roasted chicken, a low-sugar dressing or vinaigrette, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Add a side of sliced carrots or red or yellow peppers.
  • Avoid canned and other prepared soups, which tend to be high in sodium. Even a small amount of excess sodium can worsen stomach bloat and under-eye bags. If you must, choose a low-sodium version if possible.

For more skin- and figure-friendly lunch ideas, check out Chapter 9 of Feed Your Face.

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