As far as eating for fat loss goes, many of you are well aware that there are foods that will work for you and foods that will work against you. We have been talking a lot lately about the misconceptions that we have on what foods are healthy and what foods are unhealthy. Is there are rule of thumb that you can use to identify if foods are good or bad for fat loss?
As far as eating for fat loss goes, many of you are well aware that there are foods that will work for you and foods that will work against you. We have been talking a lot lately about the misconceptions that we have on what foods are healthy and what foods are unhealthy.
How do you distinguish between the two?
Is there are rule of thumb that you can use to identify if foods are good or bad for fat loss?
Who’s right and who’s wrong in all of this?
Before we get started pointing fingers at our doctors and the trendy health and fitness books we have read, let’s talk about some simple ways that we can identify foods that are the best in fat loss.
Identifying your fat loss Food Allies
You don’t need a lab and a nutritionist to figure out what foods are the best and worst for fat loss. All you need are some simple rules and a little guidance to decide if it belongs in your body. Here are a few of my simple rules that I use to identify foods that are great for fat loss
It’s really that simple. If you can’t identify where your food, or certain ingredients within your food, came from, you probably don’t need to be eating it. That will help you IMMENSELY in losing body fat. Now there are some other fine-tuning methods in this process to help you get as lean as possible, so I wanted to give you a little list of my favorite fat loss foods to help you get closer to your weight, waist, and body fat percentage goals.
Some things you need to know about fat
Believe it or not, eating fat isn’t the reason that you would have trouble losing fat, losing weight, or lowering your cholesterol. Those are actually the foods that are going to help you lose body fat and lower your cholesterol. By integrating more healthy fats into your diet, and reducing simple carbohydrate and sugar consumption, you are going to help your body switch gears from using carbs as energy, to fats as its primary energy source.
That’s the quick and dirty on how your body processes healthy fats.
So you can start integrating these habits in your diet, here are 7 of my favorite foods for getting rid of stubborn belly fat.
Avocados are hands-down one of my favorite things to throw on just about everything that I eat.
Why are avocados are so great?
All you have to do is refer to the criteria listed above. It is a single ingredient food that grows on a tree and is naturally low in sugar. All you have to do is avoid putting it on chips, and you are good to go.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat (healthy fats) that help lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise your good cholesterol (HDL). They are packed with vitamins (K, B, and E) which support your immune system, metabolic function, and reduce inflammation in the body.
There’s definitely a reason why eggs are considered a super-food. We could virtually survive off of eating eggs, alone. They are natures perfect combination of proteins, vitamins, and healthy fats. Just make sure that you are leaving the yoke in.
Some doctor’s STILL advise their patients to eat more egg whites instead of whole eggs. I’m not going to knock your doc’s quarter of a million dollar M.D. status, but I will tell you that eggs are not going to raise your cholesterol and make you fat. He or she would be better off telling you to stay away from those hot dogs and frosted cereals instead.
Egg yokes, like avocados, are going to help you lower your bad cholesterol, raise your good cholesterol, and help your body condition itself to using fat (instead of carbs) as its primary source of energy.
Just keep in mind that when you are eating eggs and you throw out the yoke, you are only getting some of the protein. You are going to miss out on all of the vitamins, nutrients, and the rest of the proteins that the whole egg can provide.
Who would’ve thought that fattier meat could be a great way to burn belly fat and lose weight? Check out the people who follow a strict paleo diet. Many of them eat TONS of fatty meats, and they also have at least 4 pack abs.
Lean and fatty meats are great for your body because they are multi-functional. Our body’s DNA is composed of sequences of proteins called amino acids. We need proteins for things like brain function, muscle and tissue repair, hormone regulation and enzyme production.
For you, it also happens to be a tasty choice for losing belly fat. Fattier meats, like beef, are high in omega-3 fatty acids which again, help you lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL, which is perfect for lowering your belly fat AND your risk of getting heart disease.
Fatty meats are digested slowly, which means that it will give you the opportunity to use every single one of those calories for something functional instead of immediately shuttling those foods to your fat stores. They are also really filling, which will keep you from overeating. It’s almost impossible to eat an excess of healthy, fatty meat, because your body will be stuffed long before it could become even a remotely unhealthy quantity.
4) Refried Beans
Whether you like to go full fat refried beans or vegetarian, they are great for losing weight and torching body fat. The reason that refried beans are my favorites among all of the other beans, is that I think they have the best flavor and pair well with other foods that my palette prefers.
Beans are much like fattier (or lean) proteins in that they are really filling, and are broken down slowly by our body. Beans will not jack up your blood sugar and cause your body to store them as fat, in fact, they are high in fiber and protein which make them ideal for losing body fat and keeping that weight off.
5) Power Stirfry
You may think I am a fanatic, but I eat some kind of stirfry AT LEAST once a day.
Think about the macronutrient balance that stirfry provides.
All of those components, plus the fact that they have virtually no sugar make them an ideal meal for losing body fat. The key assets of any stirfry make them a slow-digesting, filling, high-fiber, and flavorful solution for losing body fat, losing weight, and shaving inches off of your waistline.
6) Crispy Kale Chips
Kale chips are perfect for you if you want to lose belly fat, but have been having trouble giving up salty foods like popcorn, potato chips, and french fries. They can slake your salt tooth, satisfy your need for something crunchy, and you could eat a pound of them without every having to worry about a single one of those calories turning to fat.
Dark, leafy greens are always going to be your best bet when it comes to maximizing fat loss and losing weight. The darker and richer the vegetable color, the more packed they are with vitamins and nutrients and the better your body can utilize those calories. Kale is also fibrous, filling, and naturally low in sugar which makes it a power-house food for losing body fat.
Adding a little olive oil, sea salt, and heat to this vegetable transforms it from a bitter green, to a delicious snack. Here’s the simplest way you can make kale chips. All you need is
Heat your oven to 350 degrees, bake for 10 minutes, and voila! You have made a simple, salty, and satisfying fat burning snack.
7) Homemade Fajita Bowls
Last, but surely not least is another favorite of mine that I eat fairly consistently throughout the week. Think of the fajita bowl similarly to the power stirfry: it contains foods from each of our essential, healthy food groups that make it the ideal meal for scorching belly fat.
So what’s in a fajita bowl?
Answer: Whatever you like! (within reason of course)
Here’s what my typical fajita bowl would look like
Each one of the foods listed above are slow burning and provides your body with something functional for performance and fat loss.You can even look at it as the perfect assemblage of the rest of my favorite belly fat burning foods listed in this article.
Take the seven foods and start integrating one per day into your diet. Cycle through them any way that you like, in as many meals as you like, for the entire month. Keep track of your weight, body composition, and waistline over the next for weeks. Enjoy!