Shed belly fat
all the information out there emphasizing just how unhealthy fast-food is, you
would think we would get the hint. Even though we know beyond a doubt that
exercising regularly leads to a healthier and productive life, it doesn’t seem
to matter to any of us. We continue to eat process junk food and we keep packing on more and more pounds, and this is why many of us cannot shed belly fat.
Sometimes it’s good for our bodies to cut out processed junk foods every once in awhile especially if you want to shed belly fat for any length of time. But it’s easier to take small steps rather than doing it all at once. Here are some great tips to cut out processed foods in just a few short weeks
If you’re interested in giving this a shot you could start in your own preferred order but I recommend you stick to the plan that I have out lined in this article. This guideline is a more structured reasonably set plan that can help you adjust at an easier pace.
You could also build each week on top of the next or simply tackle one weekly challenge at a time. My hope is if you decide to take these steps that you’ll gain a new perspective from the experience and make at least some positive long-term changes as a result.
Week one: Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal.
Week two: Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey, stevia or 100% pure maple syrup)
Week three: All meat consumed this week will be locally raised and will be limited to 3-times per week if you can do less that even better.
Week four: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil. Stay out of the fast food restaurants all together. Cook your meals at home and cook enough so that you have leftovers to eat in case you get hungry later on or the next day.
Week five: Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before. Such as parsnips, avocados’ or anything else in the grocery store you usually pass by when you’re in the produce section.
Week six: Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.” The buzz words are used to just to lower you into their trap. If you read most of the ingredients in the products that uses these words you’ll notice on the food labels they are usually made with high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils oils or MSG. So please be leery of these words.
Week seven: All grains consumed must be 100% whole-grain.
Week eight: Listen to your internal cues and stop eating when you feel full.
nine: No refined or
artificial sweeteners. Stay away from sweet n low, splenda and equal or any
other artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners contain aspartame and
aspartame contains a chemical that sends messages to your brain telling you that
you’re not full, so you continue to eat and not feel satisfied which will
hinder your weight loss efforts.
Week ten: No refined or hydrogenated oil and no products that contain the ingredient either. So that means no potato chips, no French fries from a fast food restaurant or other foods. Use only the good oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, and other natural oils on the market.
Week eleven: Eat at least 1 locally grown or raised food at each meal. Try shopping at your local farmers market. If you don’t know if you have a farmers market go online and search for farmers market in your town.
Week twelve: Avoid all microwave dinners or frozen meals.
Week thirteen: Avoid any and all packaged food products that contain more than five ingredients no matter what ingredients
The most important thing about shedding belly fat is location, location, location. Subcutaneous fat, the kind that gets stored in our gut, thighs, butt, and upper arms is the kind you can pinch and is stored right beneath the skin.
Subcutaneous fat is unattractive and annoying. Yes, but basically it’s the easiest fat to get rid of. The Belly fat deep inside the abdominal cavity called visceral fat is near the liver and other organs in the body and the hormones and chemicals produced by abdominal fat go right to the liver.
Increased fat in the liver called fatty liver syndrome is a risk factor for insulin resistance, which in turn is linked to type 2 diabetes. Most of the research suggests that abdominal fat at least triples the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and abnormal cholesterol levels. For this reason it is so very important to cut out processed foods and return back to a healthy way of eating that can help you rather than hinder you.