You probably have no idea the risk you’re taking with your health. That lumpy, bumpy middle section makes it tough to wear your jeans. It might even make you self-conscious when it comes time to take off those jeans. But, the worst part is how it’s affecting your physical wellbeing. Let’s lose some sugar, and, instead, learn which are the best foods to eat to lose belly fat.
Am I a Consumer Like All the Others?
The recommended daily intake of sugar is approximately 25 grams. This should include all the fruit you ingest along with every product that has a form of sugar in its ingredients. Keep in mind, over 70 % of processed foods contain added sugar.
Believe it or not, the average American consumes about 125 grams of sugar each day. (That’s 5 times as much that is safely suggested.) Just think of 32 teaspoons full of sugar, if you want to picture what 125 grams looks like.
You are likely consuming far more sugar than you realize. Hence, you are probably placing yourself at greater risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. That extra fat around your belly is also a warning.
It’s probably time to heed advice on which foods to eat to lose belly fat.
I’m Not Fat, I Just Have More Around the Middle
Truthfully, you’re better off having more fat spread out around your body. When your excess weight is targeted around your tummy, your health risks increase. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology explained this phenomenon.
People who carry the majority of their fat in their belly tend to face higher risk of heart disease.
Our body isn’t equipped to consume excessive amounts of sugar. When we eat too much sugar it metabolizes directly into fat. Additionally, extra insulin flows into our bloodstream—because it has no where else to go! When that happens, it can affect our arteries, raise blood pressure, and negatively affect our entire circulatory system.
What Foods Should I Avoid?
There are contradictory reports on certain types of food fats. Most noteworthy, processed and saturated fats are bad. Conversely, there are good fats. We shouldn’t be afraid of these. In fact, we should consume them because they provide many health benefits. It’s just the word “fat” that has developed a bad reputation. Not all fats are equal.
However, the one thing to always keep in mind is that excess sugar and processed foods with added sugar are bad. They do not digest and metabolize properly; they turn into fat. Most of the time, it’s belly fat—which is something you’ll want to get rid of.
Sugar is at the root of most of your extra fat content in your body.
Hence, the types of food you want to avoid are:
- refined carbohydrates (bagels, waffles, cereal, etc.)
- fruit juices (unless they are freshly squeezed with zero additives)
- condiments that have added sugar (ketchup, salad dressing, syrup, mayonnaise)
- packaged foods (granola bars, chips, etc.)
- peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, and other common household processed foods – most contain added sugar of some form
Foods To Eat to Lose Belly Fat
In other words, foods that do not contain added fructose, sucrose, corn syrup, etc. will be OK to eat. Anything with hidden sugar will keep that belly full and growing. But, the best foods will be those that are unrefined, unprocessed, fresh, and organic.
- Fatty fish. Salmon, mackerel, tuna, anchovies, herring, and trout are high in Omerga-3’s.
- Healthy fats. Avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, almonds, peanuts, pecans, and even eggs.
- Fresh produce. Leafy greens, vegetables and fruit high in fiber, and fresh lemon juice to help detoxify.
- Lean protein. Turkey, chicken, grass-fed beef (occasionally)
- Fermented foods. Yogurt, kimchi, saurkraut, kombucha. These help support digestion and detoxification.
Moderate portions of any of the above foods will service your body beautifully. Additionally, you don’t have to go without condiments or salad dressing or smoothies. You just need to make them yourself using ingredients that do not contain sugar or sugar substitutes.
Get Thrive has a wealth of delicious recipes in its food section archives that can help.
And for an alternative plan, check out this solution to losing belly fat.
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