Are you trying to get rid of stubborn belly fat or just trying to lose 10 pounds to no avail? Stubborn belly fat is a total nuisance, we all agree on that. It not only makes your clothes feel tight and uncomfortable, but it can also be very harmful. It doesn’t matter if you look slim, people with excess visceral fat are at an increased risk of metabolic disease, type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
Breakfast is the meal that breaks your overnight fast. However, many people aren’t eating the right thing. Typical breakfast foods like pancakes, bagels, and fruit juice are carb bombs that spike your blood sugar levels, leaving you ravenous barely an hour later.
To make matters worse, we’ve been told that these highly-processed, high-carbohydrate foods are healthy. But in truth, they contain very little—if any—protein and healthy fat to counterbalance the sugar, and that’s why you crash and burn shortly after eating them.
The ideal breakfast is one that contains protein, fat, and complex, low-sugar carbs. Together, these nutrients work to provide you with the sustained energy you need to dominate your morning meetings, push yourself at the gym, or get some decisions made at that PTA meeting.
When you’re trying to lose weight, lunchtime might feel as if you’re in a war zone, especially if the only options are cafeteria fare or fast food. Watch your portions to control calories, and opt for whole, unprocessed foods as often as possible. That might mean packing a lunch to bring to the office or learning to recognize weight-loss-friendly options on a restaurant or cafeteria menu.
Make sure your lunch and all your meals include protein and fiber. These two nutrients are most likely to keep you filled up. Try to keep your calorie intake around 500 calories for lunch. Pay attention to portions to stay within your calorie intake.
Dinner may be more Difficult:
You may have breakfast and lunch covered when it comes to a weight-loss plan. Dinner can prove to be a little more difficult. Stress and temptation can sneak in after a long day at work. Building that perfect plate to satisfy your body and support your goals can feel like a guessing game.
Dinner should be satisfying, loaded with repair-oriented nutrients and including delicious recipes.
While people may associate protein with increased muscle mass and weight gain, adequate protein is necessary for weight loss because it helps you feel full for longer. High-protein foods also take more work to digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them.
When we overindulge in carbohydrate-dense foods like rice, pasta, couscous, and bread basket offerings, excess fuel is stored in the muscles as glycogen. It’s surprising to learn that each gram of glycogen in the muscles also stores around three grams of water. When you reduce your carb intake, it tells the body to burn the surplus fuel and, in turn, eliminates this excess fluid.
The idea that consuming dietary fat makes you fat is one of the most pervasive food myths out there. Consuming too many macronutrients in excess will result in weight gain. But a healthy fat on your plate adds a ton of flavor and helps keep you full. When it comes to healthy fats, a little goes a long way in delicious recipes.
Final Thoughts on Stubborn Belly Fat:
We all know what we put into our mouths is important, and one of the most common reasons why people don’t lose weight is they’re not being realistic about what they’re eating.
It’s easy to miscalculate portions or even forget exactly what we ate. Some people find record-keeping helpful when they get serious about weight loss. It’s not necessary to sentence yourself to a lifetime of detailed journaling, but it can be a useful tool if you’re feeling stuck or frustrated.
This can be especially helpful in keeping protein intake at 25% to 30% of calories, as well as making sure fiber intake is in recommended ranges (25 grams a day for women and 38 grams a day for men).
Get rid of stubborn belly fat by eliminating sugar, cutting carbs, eating plenty of fiber and protein, and moving your body. Not only will you like what you see in the mirror, but your overall health will improve drastically.
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