Those trans fats on your menu are hiding out in plain sight and sabotaging your lean belly plans every time you eat them. If a food product says it contains partially hydrogenated oils, you're eating trans fat, which can increase your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and obesity with every bite. In fact, research conducted at Wake Forest University reveals that monkeys whose diets contained eight percent trans fat upped their body fat by 7.2 percent over a six-year study, while those who ate monounsaturated fat gained just a fraction of that amount. Instead of letting harmful trans fat take up space on your menu, fill up with these healthy fats.
In fact, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that every 10-gram daily increase in soluble fiber was associated with a 3.7 percent decrease in dangerous visceral fat over five years. Those who were active got even leaner, shaving off twice that much fat in the same amount of time. To start ditching that extra belly fat today, add the best high-fiber foods to your menu!
Your parents weren't kidding about how important veggies are for a healthy body. What they probably didn't tell you, however, was that snacking on veggies is also one of the easiest ways to shed unwanted belly fat, too. According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, opting for non-starchy veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, and cucumber, as snacks helped overweight kids shed 17 percent of their visceral fat while improving their insulin sensitivity over a five-year period. Think snacking on veggies will leave you hungry? The 20 Most Filling Fruits and Veggies will have your belly satisfied in no time.
Here’s a great example: For the same number of calories that are in a handful of peanuts (about two ounces), you can eat 2½ pounds of strawberries (about five of those green boxes that strawberries come in.) Eating “big” foods like strawberries, salads, and other fruits and vegetables can prevent hunger from taking over and taking you places you don’t want to go
Some people think that not eating at all will help them lose weight, but that is not true. The opposite can be true. When you starve your body, it, in turn, goes into a sort of starvation mode, retaining all of the good and bad nutrients. This is because your body does not know when it will get food again. If you want to lose weight, just eat healthy foods with fresh produce and protein.
Ansari says alcohol can prevent weight-loss in several ways, including the fact that heavy alcohol intake can stimulate food intake. "Binge drinking can overload the liver. The liver then prioritizes processing alcohol over other nutrients and then stores the protein, carbs, and fat as fat in the body," Ansari explains. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines binge drinking as having five or more drinks for men, and four or more drinks for women in two hours. "Also, alcoholic beverages are often mixed with sugar-rich beverages. Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can cause calories to add up quickly."
Be choosy about carbs. You can decide which ones you eat, and how much. Look for those that are low on the glycemic index (for instance, asparagus is lower on the glycemic index than a potato) or lower in carbs per serving than others. Whole grains are better choices than processed items, because processing removes key nutrients such as fiber, iron, and B vitamins. They may be added back, such as in “enriched” bread.
Consume more vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein. Shape your meals so they contain one protein source, one low fat source and one low carb vegetable source. Your carb intake should be in the recommended range of 20-50 grams per day. Don't feel that you must restrict yourself to a small number of foods. You can enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods that provide a large array of nutrients.
So I am diabetic, I started this diet last Thursday after running it by my Dr. on Wednesday. He gave the thumbs up. I had received my latest A1C and LDL test results that day. Since stopping my Metformin and Atorvastatin in December of 2017, my A1C went from 5.4 to 7.6 and my LDL from 59 to 189 and my weight was up from 250 to 271 so, clearly it's beyond the time I have to do something. Well it's back on the meds and started this diet. I have been monitoring my sugar levels several times a day because of all of the sugar in the fruit and I can tell you, I was worried the first day. I would check my sugar 1 hour after meals and it would be 159, 161, 179 but, then I noticed if I just waited to check it an extra hour later my levels dropped significantly to 139, 107, 118 etc. Today is the start of Day 4 and I just checked my sugar and it's at 94 so, it's doing what it is supposed to do. :) I did cook 2 hardboiled eggs on Day 3 for lunch just because I was feeling like I needed some protein. You know that feeling you get when your body is trying to fight off a cold? That's what it felt like which is probably just normal for a diet detox. My take is it's doing it's job (as long as I do mine). Day 1 was O.K. not easy but, manageable, Day two was pretty easy actually, Day 3 was pretty easy as well except for the "run-down" feeling. I have been looking forward to today for it's HUMP DAY!! I get milk and bananas!! My tips so far are: Make the Soup on Day 1 because you can eat the soup everyday. The recipe makes a lot so I portioned it out and froze it. When I wanted a bowl I just popped it in the microwave. Each time I would add a little different spice...one may be adding some Cumin for a Taco Soup flavor, another may be adding some turmeric and curry or some Italian Herbs. That way I didn't get bored with eating the same thing every time. On veggie days I would make them into a stir fry with just 1 TBS of olive oil. I'm not sure if you can use Soy Sauce so, I didn't. I don't like just plain baked potatoes so, I did sprinkle on some powdered butter.....like you add to pop-corn. It wasn't the same but, it gave that false sense of creaminess without the added fat. I don't know if I have lost any weight or not. I have not exercised at all. I'm assuming I would have to be losing something though because I'm definitely eating less of the bad carbs and fat and calories. My plan is to do the 7 days with 3 off days after where I just eat regular healthy meals that are high in protein and low in carbs and fat and then back on the 7 day plan. I'm hoping for a 20lb loss a month goal but, I'm not good at keeping long term goals so, that's why I chose the 7 day goal. I can stick with almost anything for 7 days. :)
You already know that a perfect diet doesn't exist, but many of us still can't resist the urge to kick ourselves when we indulge, eat too much, or get thrown off course from restrictive diets. The problem: This only makes it more difficult, stressful, and downright impossible to lose weight. So rather than beating yourself up for eating foods you think you shouldn't, let it go. Treating yourself to about 200 calories worth of deliciousness each day — something that feels indulgent to you — can help you stay on track for the long haul, so allow yourself to eat, breathe, and indulge. Food should be joyful, not agonizing!
Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. And that prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.
Have a filling, healthy dinner every night. Finish your day with a dinner that is filling but will not overload your metabolism or create fat that is hard for your body to burn. Keep your dinner within 500 calories a meal and focus on a balance of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. You can also rotate lunch and dinner options every day for variety.