Belly fat is the worst type of fat to have since it may be a predecessor to Metabolic Syndrome, which is the umbrella to many diseases and disorders. The sad truth, is many people with belly fat think that it’s to hard to get rid of, or they’re to old to change their eating habits, or maybe they’re fearful of having to exercise to get rid of it. The truth is that food may have a bigger impact than exercise anyway.
A few minor additions to your diet can help melt your muffin top giving you the confidence and energy to get results faster. As you see results, your motivation for success and health accelerate making it easier for you to hit your mark. It’s more about filling up on the right foods than eliminating the bad. Success without deprivation does wonders for results.
Fat around the middle is indicative that something’s wrong on the inside too. Whatever “tire roll” that’s visible on the outside is mirrored within your body. In other words, the outside shows half the ball of fat, and what’s worse; is the inside half protrudes toward your organs. An extra FYI, the harder the fat is, the older and more toxic it has become. All of that fat, muffin top and tire means there is inflammation in your body.
Peeling away the middle is more about which foods you choose to eat than it is about how many calories you consume. All calories are not made equal. Foods that fall into various categories will be your best friend for shrinking your gut. Foods that contain probiotics and prebiotics are key, as well as the “healthy fats” (trust me on this), metabolism boosters, and healthy proteins. One other factor maybe that your eating foods you have intolerance to or full-blown allergy.
Did you know that approximately 75% of your immune system is housed in your gut. This is why, it’s so important to keep your middle healthy. Your gut houses millions of bacteria, both good and bad. The good bacteria help keep you healthy, fight off disease and keep homeostasis within. Every round of antibiotics kills the bad bugs and the good bacteria, making replacement of the good bacteria essential for health.
Recent research shows probiotics having an impact on health, because they may aid your body in losing fat. Probiotics can also counteract gas from the foods you ate. Probiotics can be included in your diet by eating kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, aged parmesan cheese, yogurt (but not my favorite option) and kombucha. Prebiotics are also beneficial and can be found in greenish/yellow bananas, artichokes (also good for your liver), asparagus, brown rice and quinoa. All of these foods are belly-flattening foods, since they help digestion, provide live nutrients and fill you up.
The next foods which are a must add to your diet are misunderstood. Let me set the record straight by saying you can’t store fats as fat. Eliminating fats from your diet does more harm than good to your health and waistline. Of course I’m referring to including what many now consider to be the healthy fats, such as:
- coconut oil
- olive oil (not heated)
- pumpkin seeds
- wild salmon
- sunflower seeds
- the complimentary oils to many of the above nuts and seeds
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs and PUFAs) calm inflammation in your body. Decreased inflammation then allows your body to use the fats as fuel. Many of these fats help your body’s metabolism fire allowing you to burn more fat. Coconut oil and ghee also have properties that fight inner inflammation and lower cholesterol and triglycerides. We have been programmed to think of these foods as bad fats when in fact they are protective. The lauric acid in coconut oil does wonders.
Fat storage causes confusion since most people logically think that fat causes fat storage. The truth is that it’s the excess carbohydrates and free-floating sugars that are causing us to be fat. Most people consume much too much sugar through carbohydrates and added sugar, causing a strain on the pancreas to release more insulin to clean up the sugars in your bloodstream. The problem is that our body’s insulin stores than get full, forcing your body to store excess sugars in fat, far away from your brain and bloodstream. Many of the foods people eat, end up as sugar when they go through the digestive process; examples are white breads, bagels, cookies, cakes, semolina pasta, milk, candy and white rice.
Many people believe that calorie deprivation and missing meals will help them lose weight and fat. This puts a kink in your system because calorie deprivation actually causes your metabolism to slow down and severe calorie deprivation will force your body to eat it’s own muscle to survive. If you choose to eat fewer calories, the foods you do choose make a huge difference. You want high nutrient foods to fuel your body and enough protein to maintain efficiency in your body. Protein is a good choice, if you choose carefully. I recommend wild fish, grass-fed beef, and organic poultry if available. If you can’t find those, look for meat and poultry raised without antibiotics and hormones. Fill your plate with protein, greens/veggies and healthy fats. This combination will keep you full, satiated and burning fat.
Condiments and herbs are also helpful in firing up metabolisms. Hot foods and spices can cause your metabolism to speed up, so go ahead and sprinkle on the heat with cayenne, hot red pepper, sriracha sauce, spicy mustard or chipotle sauce.
Last but least, remember to drink water. Aim for ½ your body weight in ounces of water a day, with a pinch of sea salt added in. Water helps flush toxins out and keeps you hydrated allowing your systems to work optimally.
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