6. Stop Eating Sugar
Now stop eating sugar/artificial sweeteners. It’s going to be tough! But losing dangerous belly fat is worth it. Eliminating sugar means no more soft drinks, fruit juices, cookies, pastries, and candy bars.
It also means reading labels. You might eat a healthy salad, but your salad dressing is probably packed with sugar. So is your ketchup, barbeque sauce, and even mustard.
5. Eat Meat
Lean meat like beef, chicken, whole eggs, and fish are winners in the belly fat fight. Plant based proteins like beans, legumes, quinoa and seitan are also excellent for belly fat loss.
Studies show that the more good quality protein you eat, the less belly fat you have. Obviously, you can get too much of a good thing, so try for about 5 ounces a day.
This doesn’t include processed meats. These are full of additives linked to cancer and contain a lot of salt. Too much salt causes bloating and will offset any weight loss.
4. Go Whole Grain
Instead of refined grains, eat less than 50 grams a day of whole grains. There are hundreds of whole grains that are excellent sources of plant-based protein.
Whole wheat is not always a whole grain. Some “whole wheat” products are refined white flour with food coloring and some additives like bran. Read the ingredients list for whole wheat flour.
Keep your carbs low for increased belly fat loss.
3. Add Chia Seeds
If you are looking for one perfect food, try chia seeds. They are exceptionally high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, protein, healthy fats and are a terrific viscous fiber. Eat your daily chia seeds raw, soaked in juice, or added to oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes.
Eat about 1.5 tablespoons twice a day.
2. Choose Healthy Fats
All fats are not created equal. You absolutely must cut down on all fat intake. Saturated fats are found in meat, so the leaner the meat, the better.
Transfats are really bad for you. These include partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Do not eat these. They will not help you lose weight and are hard on your heart.
Cook with coconut, avocado, sunflower or olive oils but use them in moderation
This isn’t food, but…. Exercise is extremely important. If you eat the foods discussed, you will lose weight. Adding aerobic exercise will increase the belly fat loss.
Continuing to exercise after you’ve lost weight will keep it off. Work up to 105 minutes of aerobic exercise a week. That’s 15 minutes a day!
Oh… and exercise isn’t sit-ups or planks (although they, and weight training won’t hurt). Aerobic exercise includes activities like walking, running swimming, and biking.