The topic of how to lose belly fat with certain foods has been covered before. But here is my take on it; should you eat fat burning foods to lose weight?
You might be pretty skeptical of the whole idea to lose weight by EATING certain foods. Most people will tell you that the only way to lose belly flab is to STOP eating.
OK, OK there are some foods that you need to stop eating right away (I mean like stop eating them yesterday :-)). But the right foods can help your body burn away its fat stores. And this just isn’t possible by starving yourself.
Foods That Burn Fat – Do They Really Exist?
The nay sayers will tell you that there is no such thing as a food that burns fat. And that is because they take the phrase literally. In just the same way that there is no such thing as a magic fat burning pill or powder, there is “magic” food that will help you lose weight by adding to your meals once per day.
But what we do have is hundreds (if not thousands) of delicious, natural, satisfying foods that create the right hormonal environment for your body to burn away its fat stores in a fast and natural way.
Look at it this way. A car with no fuel is pretty much useless. Unless you stand at the top of a hill and give it a push then it’s not going to move very far! So you add fuel to make it move (and don’t we pay through the nose for it!).
But if you put the wrong kind of fuel in your car it never runs as efficiently as it should do. It will stall, backfire, feel sluggish etc etc. And it might not even run at all if you get it too wrong!
Although we take them for granted our cars have been carefully engineered to work in a certain way. And by making the wrong fuel choices we can damage this engineering and shorten the cars lifespan.
But if we get the fuel choice right then we increase the chance of getting years of faithful service from the car.
That’s enough about cars. Let’s look at our bodies in the same way. Our fuel is the food and drink we consume on a daily basis. Without it we don’t work.
When we feed ourselves the wrong kinds of foods then we can suffer from tiredness, a lack of energy, suffer illnesses more regularly and start to put on that dreaded belly fat. In our case the wrong foods are damaging our inner mechanics.
It is no coincidence that the more of these “bad” foods we eat the more fat we gain. And not only that, we can start to suffer from some very serious illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. The wrong foods are damaging our inner mechanics.
But feed us the right foods and our body works perfectly. We suffer fewer illnesses, feel alert and awake, and most importantly, enjoy a healthy lean physique!
On its own food does not “burn fat”, but it is the fuel that allows our body to burn fat, and keep it off permanently.
The Foods To AVOID At All Costs
While it might be pretty difficult to buy the wrong kind of fuel for your car, unfortunately it is all too easy to buy the wrong kinds of foods. Grocery stores are full of isle upon isle of foods that can lead you to store more belly fat.
Even a lot of the so-called “health foods”, marketed by the billion-dollar health foods industry, are actually junk foods that are sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
I’ve written a lot of articles about foods that make you fat. But here is a general list to get you started:
Deep fried foods – fries, onion rings etc
Foods containing or cooked in hydrogenated oils and trans fats – lots of fast foods and convenience packaged foods
Foods high in refined sugar – cakes, candies, soft drinks
Low fat “health” foods – always check the label for added sugars and artificial sweeteners
HFCS – High fructose corn syrup, a dangerous artificial sugar substitute
Diet soda – Artificial sweeteners cause you to store fat too
Refined “white” carbohydrates – breads, pasta, rice etc
You might notice a pretty common theme here – processed foods. If you were to remove all of the above from your weekly diet, would there be anything left?
Processed foods dominate the grocery store and dominate our shopping baskets. But processing removes natural goodness, only to replace it with artificial bad stuff that our bodies react badly to.
The only way to reduce the obesity epidemic is to shift our reliance away from processed foods.
Which Foods Should I Eat?
If you’re thinking that no processed foods means a lack of interesting food options then you’d be wrong.
Like I mentioned earlier, there are hundreds of natural fat burning foods out there. So at the very least there are tens of thousands of combinations primed and ready to help you lose your belly fat.
Here is a general list of the food groups you’ll want to choose from. But as usual, there are more fat burning foods articles on my blog:
Free range, grass fed red meat – beef, bison, game etc
Free-range chicken and poultry
Raw dairy – unpasteurised, unhomogenised
Raw, mixed nuts
Fresh fruit and vegetables – literally too many to list
Coconut oil, palm oil
Wild caught fish
Unsweetened herbal, fruit, green, chamomile, oolong etc teas
Dark chocolate – 70% coco minimum And the list goes on….
So what gives? Some of the foods listed above have been classified as “high fat”. But this is just the health foods industry trying to push their junk down your throat. Natural fats are actually vital for fat loss.
There are tons of secret weapon foods hidden in amongst the broad category lists above. It is all about combining the foods above in a healthy, balanced nutritional program. You cannot survive on just 1 or 2 – everything needs to be balanced.
Food preparation is another key topic. It doesn’t matter how healthy your ingredients are if you cover them in batter and dunk them in a deep fat fryer.
I’d just like to make one last point to finish up; eating healthy doesn’t just help you look good, it’s good for your health and can lead to an improved quality of life too.
Before you make any weight loss blunders, check out David Thorpe’s website. He’ll teach you all about Fat Burning Foods and How To Lose Belly Fat the natural way.