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Best Ways to Lose Belly Fat - 3 Weight Loss Tips
If you want a flat stomach then you need to be sure that you’re practicing these weight loss tips.
When you know exactly what to avoid and how to ensure your body is running smoothly then you will start to notice a slimmer waistline.
By the end of this article you will have the knowledge on how to attain the slim and sexy stomach you always wanted!
Know What to Avoid
I know you’ve heard it before, but you NEED to avoid junk food. There’s a reason it’s called that; it’s pure junk! If it comes in a box or bag and it’s prepackaged, just waiting for you to pop it in your microwave to eat then chances are you DO NOT want to eat it. Food companies are raking in millions of dollars with these products because it’s so cheap for them to make and the ingredients in them are sometimes addictive.
Add in a low price, make it easy to cook and most of the people in the world will be hooked.
But flip the box over and look at the ingredients and the nutrition data. You don’t want this stuff in your body! If you bought healthy food and cooked it yourself, you’d end up eating less of it because it actually fills you up and keeps you feeling full. And you’re going to feel a lot better because you won’t be consuming ingredients that your body doesn’t need. You also need to pay attention to what you’re drinking.
Yes, you are going to need to cut down on your happy hour outings because alcohol is your enemy when it comes to weight loss. Alcoholic drinks are packed with calories, give you late night “munchies” and they mess with your blood sugar levels. Don’t let the light and low carb versions fool you; you’ll end up drinking more calories than you think. But calories aren’t the only issue… let me introduce you to acetate.
When you consume alcohol it’s not all converted to fat, but it still will give you a “beer belly” because it’s converted into something called acetate. And when acetate is in your body it halts all your fat burning and instead your body burns off the acetate. So when you’re drinking, your body isn’t going to be burning fat at all! Think about all the time your body’s fat burning is turned off when you just drank a six pack or more. But there’s something a little harder to avoid that might be messing with your weight loss.
You need to try your best to avoid being stressed out. High levels of stress cause your body to produce cortisol. What has high levels of cortisol in your blood been linked to? You guessed it… increased abdominal fat! So if you want to continue to lose fat then you need to change things about your environment so that you can live in a calm atmosphere. There’s one more thing you should avoid, but you need to be sure that you’re avoiding the right kind.
All Carbs Aren’t Created Equal
I know that you’ve heard about the low carb craze, but when most people go low carb then end up trying to avoid all carbs, which isn’t what you should do. There are two main types of carbs: complex and simple. What kind do you think most people get a surplus of? If you guessed simple carbs, then you’re right.
Simple carbs are found in sugars and syrups and are actually included in more food than you think. High fructose corn syrup is found in SO many different types of food and it’s actually worse for you than regular sugar. You need to avoid this and be on the lookout for “corn sugar” because they’re trying to change what they have to label it as. Simple carbs are absorbed into your bloodstream a lot quicker than complex carbs so that’s why you get that energy crash after eating a bunch of sugar.
If you get too much sugar in your diet, you’re still getting calories but the energy doesn’t last so you find yourself eating again. But if you focused on complex carbs you would end up eating less because you’d stay full longer. The food industry makes things even harder for you by refining carbohydrates into things like white bread to increase its shelf life. This makes for a product that has less nutrients than it should have. So not only do you want to lower your intake of regular sugar but you want to avoid products that list words like "bleached" or "dehydrated" in their ingredients.
There’s nothing wrong with eating a lowER carb diet, just make sure that the carbs you’re reducing are simple and refined carbohydrates. If you want to ensure that you don’t overeat then you need to be sure that you’re eating enough grains, beans, vegetables and fruit. Fruit!? Isn’t that packed with a lot of sugar? Ah yes, but you’re forgetting about another type of carbohydrate.
Focus on Weight Loss with Every Fiber of Your Being
Did you catch that? Yes, fruit contains sugar but it also contains fiber. The fiber in fruit actually slows the absorption of sugar so that the energy lasts a bit longer. But you want to avoid guzzling down fruit juices because you’re going to miss out on a lot of the fiber that way. That’s beside the fact that a lot of fruit juices have added sugar, but back to fiber.
By eating fiber you’ll control your blood sugar, stay full longer and you can even trim your waist some. If you eat enough fiber every day then you’ll stay “regular” and avoid being constipated, which is always a good thing. But this also keeps you from being bloated and holding onto pounds you don’t need. If you’re constipated then your stomach is going to bulge because it’s full of a bunch of undigested food waiting to meet your porcelain bowl. So fiber will not only help you stay slim by satisfying your appetite longer but it will also help you “battle the bulge”. By knowing what food to consume you ensure that your body stays as slender as possible.
These are proven weight loss tips that will help you lose belly fat but they’re not to be used as a temporary fix. When you make these changes to your diet you will trim down your waistline but don’t give up once you reach your goal. You now have the knowledge to achieve a flat stomach but it won’t mean anything unless you make these changes permanent.
© 2010 Ben Guinter