20 Foods That’ll Help You Lose Belly Fat
If you’re seriously trying to lose belly fat then you already know that diet is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. With a proper diet plan where you’re eating the right foods in the right amounts, you’ll strip off layer after layer of body fat and say goodbye to that belly forever. However, if you’re eating the wrong things you’ll only be setting yourself back further and further. With an improper diet plan, you’ll have to get used to loosening your belt notch after notch because your belly fat will be there to stay.
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Let’s start with the first key. The model for burning fat has always looked like this. If you take too many calories in from food and you don’t burn enough calories from exercise you gain fat and vice versa if you have fewer calories than you burn you’ll lose fat. Everyone knows that we’ve been told that over and over again since we were little kids. That means So to ensure that you aren’t making any mistakes with the food you’re selecting I want to go over the 20 best foods that you should be eating regularly to lose that belly fat for good. The first food I want to start with is the avocado. Unlike other fruits that are loaded with carbs, Avocados are full of healthy monounsaturated fats specifically oleic acid. They are also full of fiber which will help you feel full for longer.
Another great thing about avocados that was discovered during a study from The Ohio State University at Columbus is that avocados help you absorb more carotenoids from fruits and vegetables, up to 15x more to be exact. So not only will avocados help you burn fat, but you’ll also be strengthening your immune system and absorbing more cancer-fighting carotenoids than ever. Next we have eggs. Eggs are great to incorporate into your diet plan because they’re high in protein, high in healthy fats and they can help you feel full for a very low amount of total calories. Eggs are also one of the most bioavailable sources of protein out there. Meaning that your body can very efficiently digest, absorb, and assimilate the protein found in eggs. Having a solid protein source like eggs in your diet will help you prevent muscle loss while you eat less calories to create enough of a deficit to burn fat.
Lets move on to one of the best fruits you can eat while trying to lose belly fat…berries. Compared to most other fruits berries are very low in carbohydrates, while being full in vitamins and antioxidants. These antioxidants can help improve blood flow delivering more oxygen to your muscles and your cells in general. Ultimately this can help improve your workouts while assisting with the fat loss process. The best low carb berries to eat are blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Blueberries are going to be a bit higher in carbs, so to keep calories low stick with the other 3. The next food isn’t really a food, but instead its a drink that’s been proven very effective at helping you fight that belly fat…apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help people lose weight and waist circumference.
These aren’t they typical animal studies that you constantly see that don’t necessarily guarantee the same results for people. Instead these are human studies. One of these studies was 12 weeks long and it demonstrated that obese individuals could lose anywhere from 2.6 to 3.7 pounds just by consuming 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per day. It has also been shown to improve blood sugar spikes after meals, and it can help increase fullness after a meal. In fact one study showed that taking apple cider vinegar with a high carb meal could result in people eating 200 to 275 less calories for the day. Keep in mind, you want to make sure that you dilute only one to two tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar in water. Don’t drink it straight up. Next I have another high protein food for you and that’s tuna. Tuna is a very lean fish that’s pretty much entirely made up of protein. This makes tuna a great option to increase protein intake without increasing calorie intake too much. The important thing is if you’re buying canned tuna you want to make sure you get the tuna in water not oil. If you get it in oil then all the extra calories that you save from this low fat fish will be canceled out. Fish, in general, is a great option for when you’re trying to burn fat that the traditional model suggests that the reason you have excess fat or your carry extra weight is that you have too many calories. And the unspoken reason behind this model for why you have too many calories is because of a lack of willpower. You have excess body fat because it’s your fault for not having enough self-control and willpower to just consume fewer calories.
However, this doesn’t match up with your experience. Based on your own personal experience you know that when you have fewer calories you lose a couple pounds and then you usually get stuck. You continue eating fewer calories and feeling like your starving yourself eating bland boring foods you hate, but you never hit your target weight. This goes on for a while…you get discouraged…and then you quit because no one can stay on a restrictive low-calorie diet for the long haul especially when it’s not producing results. Well, guess what I’m here to tell you its not entirely your fault. And I don’t mean that in some cliche cheesy way, I mean quite literally it’s not only because you don’t have enough willpower or self-control even though for some of you that may be a big contributing factor. Make no mistake you will need the willpower to burn fat, but this isn’t the only cause. In reality, if we only look at calories in and calories out your not addressing the core cause of the problem. You see burning fat and losing weight is not just about using willpower to starve yourself by eating less and exercising more, because your body is way too smart for that. Within just a week after decreasing calories coming into your body will automatically decrease calories coming out.
Many people refer to this process as your body entering into a so-called “starvation mode.” This is where your metabolism will slow down causing your fat loss to slow to almost nothing. Not only does your body slow your metabolism and this is proven over and over again in study after study, but it also increases the production of a hormone known as ghrelin. Ghrelins role is to signal your brain to make you feel hungry. So to sum up this whole torturous dieting process up you now have fewer calories coming in, fewer calories coming out due to your body responding with a slower metabolism, you’re hungrier because of ghrelin, yet you’re not burning much fat.
In fact, the situation begins to feel like you need to keep cutting calories just to maintain your current body fat rather than to lose more. And that’s ultimately what discourages you and causes you to quit. Starting the whole cycle over again months later when you’re probably in even worse shape than you were before. So what are we missing? Well, it turns out your willpower is actually not the core cause of this problem it’s actually also a hormonal problem rather than just a calorie problem. Once you understand this fat loss becomes easy and keeping it off is even easier. People think that when calories come in they keep going out until you eat too many calories and then your body starts storing those excess calories as fat. Even though this is part of how fat loss works, unfortunately, it’s not so simple. When calories come in your body chooses whether it will store a portion of those calories even if you didn’t cross over your total daily calorie allowance. Also once your body stores fat
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