Losing weight after a certain age becomes more challenging. It’s just how things work. After the age of 30, fat seems to build up on your belly - especially if you’ve had kids. We like to embrace a combo of body confidence and healthy eating. This is our top anti-inflammatory meal for staying svelte.
“Eating wild Alaskan salmon decreases inflammation in the body,” says Stacy Goldberg, a nutritionist at savorfull. A big reason is the omega-3 fatty acids, which helps your body burn off fat rather than store it. Choose wild versus farmed salmon because it has more omega-3s.
The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are healthy fats that directly inhibit inflammation. Reducing inflammation could raise your levels of serotonin - the hormone that helps you achieve restful sleep. Research shows that people who don’t sleep soundly are more likely to gain weight and also have a difficulty shedding extra pounds. Salmon also delivers much needed vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to retaining instead of burning fat.
Goldberg says salmon can help you get a flatter belly because it’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Replacing any high fat and high carb foods in your diet will go a long way towards weight loss. That means stop eating a bowl of pasta for dinner and opt for salmon (or at least eat much less pasta along with salmon).
Don’t be intimidated by cooking salmon. It’s actually really easy to prepare whether baked or pan seared. Serve it over quinoa and roasted vegetables, then flake up leftovers and toss it over kale salad for tomorrow’s lunch.