Saturday, July 22, 2017

Best foods to keep a flat stomach (10 suggestions)

Unless you're a parent, an employer or a member of law enforcement you generally can't tell people what to do.  You can only make suggestions.

If you've been working on your belly and you're doing well, congratulations!  It's not easy.  Getting there is hard enough.  Staying there is an additional challenge.

Losing weight and keeping it off is hard. Maybe you’re trying hard but still struggling.  You’re probably doing a lot of things right, but if the scale won’t budge, it may be because you’re not eating enough (eating less is not necessarily the answer to rapid fat loss), or because you’re eating the wrong foods.

These are the 10 foods that I strongly suggest you embrace if you ever want to have a chance at losing belly fat and keeping it off.

1. Leafy green vegetables

That’s essential.  Add kale, spinach, and chard to almost everything: salads, chilies, casseroles, pasta dishes…

2. Lentils and beans

Legumes help you build muscle and burn fat thanks to a huge amount of fiber.  Make lentil salads, vegetarian chilies, Mexican 3-bean salads and similar dishes.

3. Citrus 

Definitely eat the fleshy white membranes for added fiber.  Citrus lowers insulin and regulates blood sugar and metabolism.

4. Berries

These improve satiety and prevent cravings, but mainly they are packed with fiber.

5. Chili peppers

Chili peppers are scientifically proven to spike your metabolism.

6. Fatty fish (such as salmon or tuna)

Fatty fish triggers fullness and improves Leptin (a hormone released from fat cells that regulates appetite and body fat levels).  The omega-3 in fatty fish speeds up your metabolism exponentially.

7. Lean meats

I’m talking meats like pork tenderloin, chicken breast, or brisket…

8. Prunes and dried fruits

The truth is dried fruits are packed with fiber.  Add dried apricots, raisins or cranberries to everything: salads, curries, pasta, stews, etc…

9. Whole-grain pasta, cooked al dente

If you must have pasta, make sure you cook it al dente (the lowest cooking time recommended by the manufacturer). Why?  Whole-grain pasta cooked that way has a super-low Glycemic Index.

10. Long-grain, whole-grain rice (like Brown Basmati)

Rice is usually a no-no.  At least that’s what dietitians and other “experts” tell you.  But they don’t know there are many kinds of rice, and that some are better than others.  Short grain rice is very starchy (Don’t eat it!), but other kinds like Basmati or Jasmine have extra-long-grains (and a low glycemic index) and are acceptable if you’re trying to lose weight.

Follow that simple list next time you’re at the grocery store, and avoid all those foods that wind up ruining your diet once you get them home.

Bon Appetit!

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