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Losing Belly Fat due to Meds
Aug 31, 2010

I've been trying to lose weight due to protease Inhibitors and some other meds that raise triglycerides. My Doctor saying that i'm starting to be at risk for diabetes. What type of diet is best for decreasing belly fat?


Response from Mr. Vergel

This was taken from Tufts University web site. They have done some of the best research on diet and lipodystrophy.

How is lipodystrophy treated?

Although lipodystrophy includes a variety of body shape and metabolic changes, a single intervention can often control more than one symptom. For example, small research studies have shown that when people with lipodystrophy eat more fiber, they may lose some abdominal fat and may become less resistant to insulin. Exercise also provides more than one benefit; in addition to losing fat, people who exercise may have lower triglycerides and may be less insulin resistant.


Instead of focusing on specific foods, some physicians advise people with lipodystrophy to follow an eating plan based on the Mediterranean diet. The diet, also recommended to healthy people and those at risk for heart disease, is low in fat, especially saturated fat, and refined sugars (such as candy, soft drinks, cakes, cookies, ice cream) and alcohol, and high in fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Fat, especially saturated fat, increases blood cholesterol and refined sugars, and alcohol increase triglycerides. Fiber, on the other hand, may control insulin resistance and may help decrease abdominal fat.

Nutrition experts say that the kind of fat eaten is as important as the amount. Omega-3 fatty acids, for instance, are recommended, but saturated fats (fatty meat, poultry with skin, butter, whole-milk dairy foods, and coconut and palm oils) should be limited. In addition to saturated fats, trans fats, found in some stick margarines and Crisco, which are solid at room temperature, should be avoided. Many packaged foods, especially baked goods, contain trans fats to prolong their shelf lives. Read labels; if one of the ingredients has the word 'hydrogenated,' it means it contains trans fats. When choosing fats, look for tub or soft margarines, which do not contain trans fats, and unsaturated oils like canola, corn, and olive. Because fish is an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, nutrition experts recommend eating fish regularly. Although all seafood contains omega-3 fatty acids, the best sources are fatty fish like salmon, albacore tuna, and mackerel.

Fiber and nutrient-packed whole-grains, legumes, and fruits and vegetables, the cornerstones of Mediterranean eating, should play leading roles in a healthful diet. If you're not used to eating fruits and vegetables, the recommended five servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day may seem overwhelmingbut once you get into the habit, it's very achievable. In addition to snacking on fruits and eating vegetables and salads with meals, fruits and vegetables are easy to add to everyday foods. For example, slice a banana on breakfast toast or cereal, stir berries into a cup of yogurt, layer sandwiches with tomato or roasted pepper, stir a can of beans into a pot of vegetable soup or store-bought spaghetti sauce, tweak the proportion of meat and vegetables in a stew in favor of the vegetables, or make yourself a fruit smoothie. When shopping for whole-grains, read labels and look for the words, "bran" or "whole-grain" or "whole-wheat" on the label.

Tufts University lipodystrophy page



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