belly fat

Flat Belly Foods: The Do’s and Don’ts

You’ve probably heard the saying that “abs are made in the kitchen.” While toned abdominal muscles will take strength training, a flat belly figure comes mostly from what you eat and how your individual metabolism works. We’ve put together some suggestions for what to eat if you want to whittle down your middle.

THE DON’TS

Don’t eat foods that may be causing inflammation and bloating in your body. The most common of these are are processed wheats, fake butters, soy, corn and vegetable oils.

Don’t drink your toxins. Most soft drinks contain high sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners, all of which contribute to increased belly fat.

Don’t forget about pesticides. Find fresh produce from a local source, like a farmer’s market, or commit to buying organic.

THE DO’S

Do pay attention to your body’s response to dairy products. Many people aren’t aware of their intolerance for cow’s milk dairy and continue to drink it and eat products created from it daily. Switch to homemade coconut milk for all your milk needs and see a significant decrease in belly fat.

Do hydrate with enough water. Adequate amounts of water are essential for making sure that your body can create its ideal environment for fat burning, especially in your tummy.

Do strengthen your core. The more lean muscle mass that you build in your body, the higher your resting metabolism will be, which equals more calories burned each day. Try out this at-home core strength workout.

Do increase your intake of organic, unrefined coconut oil. It is actually one of the only foods out there that can significantly increase your metabolic rate.

Do find a way to de-stress your life and your body. Whether that’s a yoga class, meditation, or simply learning to say NO to the commitments and people you don’t have the desire to add to your day, increased levels of stress have been shown to be one of the leading causes of belly fat accumulation.

Do ease up on the grains. Although there are many grains that offer good nutritional value, they just may be to blame for your belly fat. Only have 1-2 servings of grains like rice, quinoa, millet and amaranth each day.

Do choose grass-fed meats over grain-fed. Grass fed meats are naturally high in omega-3 fats and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) both of which have been found to increase fat burning all over the body.

Do try to add these 25 best flat belly foods to your weekly diet. Just be sure to pay extra attention to intake with the dairy and grains.

Source: My Thirty Spot

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Best Breakfasts For Burning Belly Fat

ImageCombine these super starts with our Belly Fat Blasting Workout, and you’ll be well on your way to whittling your middle. Contrary to what you may be thinking, the secret to losing fat is not the following two words: low fat. These types of foods and diets tend to be high in refined carbohydrates, which will actually increase belly fat with those who already have it. Commercial, low fat diet foods are usually very high in added sugars, even if they don’t taste sweet.

Another big mistake people make when wanting to lose belly fat is skipping breakfast or not eating enough for breakfast. A bowl of low fat cereal and a cup of coffee can leave you ravenous by lunch.

Instead, you want to focus on protein. You want to eat foods that will help regulate the hormones that promote belly fat in your body: insulin, cortisol and adrenaline. Start your day off the right way by eating what your body can use as fuel, not what will send your blood sugar on a spike and plummet. That’s no way to set your day up for success. Here are five breakfasts recommended by Get Fit Chicago to help you slim down your middle.

1) 2 Eggs + Sliced Tomato + Sprouted English Muffin w/ Butter or Coconut Oil
Eggs are an excellent breakfast, and it’s important to eat the whole egg. They’re full of a valuable nutrient called choline that is completely absent if only eat the whites. Also, sprouted grains help to reduce the amount of phytic acid in our grains, because we don’t need as much as we’re used to getting. A recommended brand for sprouted grains is Food for Life.

2) Oatmeal + Whole Milk (or full fat coconut milk) + Walnuts + Blueberries + Cinnamon
Oatmeal is one of those foods that can depend entirely on how you prepare it whether or not it is a healthy choice. Most pre-packaged oatmeals are filled to the brim with sugar – the instant oatmeals break down quickly in your body, not good for steady blood sugar levels. The milk and walnuts will add plenty of healthy fat and protein. The blueberries, raw if you can, are a great low glycemic food and the cinnamon adds taste but also helps you stay  satisfied for at least a few hours.

3) Full Fat Yogurt + Cinnamon + 1/2 Green Apple + Almond Butter
This tasty combo takes less than two minutes to prep, so it’s great to make if you’re short on time and still want to kick your metabolism into high gear.  Also, green apples are usually lower on the glycemic index than red ones.

4) Mini-BLT Quinoa Cups
If you have a little more time,try these Mini-BLT Quinoa Cups from Iowa Girl Eats. The little cups are healthy, gluten-free and loaded with everything you need to burn belly fat.

5) Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
Avocados are such an awesome source of nutrients, have a smooth flavor and are really easy to disguise in just about anything. Add the strawberry into the mix and you’ve got a delicious, fresh-as-ever breakfast.

Here’s the recipe:

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
serves 1

1 c. frozen strawberries
¼  ripe avocado
¼ c. plain full fat yogurt
1 c. water
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 packet stevia (or 2 tsp honey)

Puree all ingredients in a blender or with an immersion blender. Enjoy.

What do you usually eat for breakfast? Tell us in a comment & we’ll tell you if it’s best or worst!