If you want to lose weight safely, Stanford recommends working to improve your diet (making sure you’re eating lean protein, whole grains, veggies, and fruit) and working out at least 150 minutes each week. It's also important to regularly get a good night’s sleep, work to reduce your stress levels, and make sure none of the medication you’re currently taking can lead to weight gain.
Adapt a truly well rounded workout program: You can't spot reduce fat. You can't spot reduce fat from anywhere on the body - this applies to arm fat, lower back fat, lower belly fat, thigh fat, etc. No matter where the fat is, you're not going to be able to direct the results of your expenditure or consumption towards any particular area of your body.
Beans are an excellent source of slow-release carbohydrates, as well as a good source of protein and fiber, which slow the digestive process to help you stay fuller, longer. “Research finds that eating just three-quarters of a cup of beans a day for six weeks can help you lose close to six pounds. And if you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, it’s a double win as the soluble fiber in beans helps whisk cholesterol out of your body,” says Ansel. She also says you don’t necessarily need to cook dry beans from scratch. Canned beans are one of the most underrated convenience foods, so keep a rotation of all kinds - like black, pinto, chickpea and cannellini - in your pantry. Try adding beans to your soups and salads, add them minced to meat dishes, enjoy a bean dip like hummus, or toss them in a salad.