Your biggest defense against an expanding waistline is diet control.
Exercise is also helpful, but changing your diet with absolutely no exercise is enough to start the process of streamlining your midsection. Read on to learn about some great food choices to rev up your metabolism and target that stubborn belly fat.
What NOT to Eat
The first thing you must do is learn what foods to avoid before you can learn what foods you should be eating, because piling on good foods while simultaneously eating bad ones just doesn’t work. You’ll be wasting money and seeing no results.
So first of all, get rid of processed foods; white, enriched flours, breads, rice, and sugar; fried foods, including the harmful oils you’re used to using like hydrogenated vegetable oil and canola oil; sugary foods; and fatty meats.
We all know primarily what healthy foods look like, so that’s what you need to start eating. Specifically, you might want to try the following foods, which will quickly help you slim down your waist.
What You SHOULD Eat
Egg Whites – Egg whites are especially great at breakfast time, and without the yolk where all of the cholesterol lies, you are getting nothing but pure protein that will leave you feeling fuller and more energized throughout your day.
Protein is one of the number one food groups when it comes to weight management; and unlike sugary breakfast foods, protein keeps your blood sugar levels in the normal range so that your cravings remain under control. A breakfast that includes egg whites should definitely tide you over until lunch time.
Berries – Berries (such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries) are not only delicious, but they also contain lots of antioxidants that banish stomach fat and fight disease.
Low-Fat Yogurt – Low-fat yogurt is another great protein source; the protein in yogurt is scientifically proven to reduce stomach fat and build muscles. Yogurt also contains active bacteria cultures (basically good bacteria) that your digestive system needs for smoother bowel movements and less stomach bloating and bulging from gas.
Quinoa – Quinoa is a whole grain that provides a good deal of protein and fiber and leaves you feeling fuller longer, so that you don’t overeat or crave food outside of regular mealtimes. Whole grain oatmeal works the same way and is probably a more familiar option.
Fatty Fish – Fish is full omega-3 fatty acids, which help to regulate metabolism and help your body burn fat quicker. Omega-3 are the healthy, essential fats that also keep cholesterol and blood sugar levels down, so visceral fat is destroyed and your risk for heart disease, cancer and stroke are reduced. Absent of disease and visceral fat, your body can get rid of stubborn belly fat easier.
Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables – Like fatty fish, these types of veggies (spinach, kale, watercress, etc.) contain lots of omega-3, which turn your body into a toxin-flushing, fat-burning machine. Also excellent sources of fiber, these veggies reduce appetite and give you a full feeling that makes you eat less.
Foods That Burn – This includes foods like citrus fruits (highly acidic), hot peppers, onions and garlic. These types of foods are potent and either hot or acidic, so that they burn whatever gets in their way – including fat. So eat up.
Frankly, regularly eating any foods high in fiber, protein, water and healthy fats will help you get the waist you’ve always dreamed of.