Does Your Diet Play A Role In Your Belly Fat?

by Rachelle on September 28, 2012

It seems like one of the most common problem areas on everyone has on their body is their mid-section.  Everyone always seems to want to lose a few pounds there. Refined sugars, saturated fats and trans fats are the food culprits that can add inches to your waistline, but there are other factors that could play a role as well. Stress, hormonal imbalances, blood sugar imbalances and genetics can also become factors in the size of your waist.
So regardless of what factors have lead you to those few extra pounds in your stomach, you are ready to make a change and lose the weight. What you eat can play a factor on your midsection, so we are going to focus on the foods you should be eating to create your own belly diet.

The first step in creating your fat belly diet is to drastically reduce your sugar and saturated fat intake. Why are these foods always the culprit? Junk food is made up of refined carbs and sugars that when eaten, raise your blood sugar levels that leads to a reduction in fat burning and can also increase your appetite.  The easiest way to accomplish this, is by eliminating them from your pantry. If you don’t have these foods around, it will be easier to avoid them.

Increase your intake of complex carbohydrates. These can be found in fruits, vegetables, oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes and 100% whole wheat bread. These are slow-release carbs so they won’t spike your insulin levels as the refined carbohydrates will. They help you feel full longer and provide your body with long lasting energy.

Decrease your alcohol consumption.  Alcohol does not contain any nutrients, so all the energy or calories consumed when drinking alcohol are stored in your stomach as fat. You do not need to give up alcohol completely, but decrease it to just one glass everyone once in awhile.

Look for foods that have no more than 5 ingredients. This will help you avoid pre-packaged food items that can contain large amounts of preservatives and sodium – all of which will continue to help you pack on the pounds. You want to focus on clean eating.

A last step you should add to the belly diet, is eliminating late night snacking. The problem with late night snacking is that you usually do not any activity after eating, but instead go to bed. This will cause a peak in your sugar levels with no energy spent to help burn the increased sugar.

By combining the techniques above you can create your own customized fat belly diet. Keep track of your progress by keeping a journal and writing down all the foods you eat. This will help you feel more accountable. Set a goal for yourself with a deadline so that you have something to work towards. Don’t get discouraged if you digress once in awhile – we all make mistakes every once in awhile, just keep moving forward.

There are also additional resources out there that you can subscribe to, to help you in your efforts to lose that extra belly fat. The Belly Fat Diet  – Belly Fat Breakthrough is a book you can order that can help you discover the potential culprits of your belly fat. It also provides guidance for you to create a customized daily meal plan, full of foods that will help eliminate the fat around your belly. This helps eliminate some extra work for you, because it provides examples of the types of food you should eat and when, to get the most benefits from your food.

Eliminating belly fat does not have to be an impossible task. There are a lot of resources out there that provide easy steps that you can implement into your every day life without making drastic changes. Your diet can be a powerful tool in helping you lose those extra pounds around your middle and will help your body become more healthy in the long run. Following the dietary guidelines above and implementing a regular exercise program will help you whittle away those extra inches. You will feel better and will look great.

Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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