I’m going to go through some rather controversial territory here: spot reduction and fat burning foods. For your entire dieting life, you’ve probably heard that you can’t spot reduce, right? Well, it turns out that the statement that there’s no such thing as spot reduction isn’t entirely true. You can focus on reducing your belly fat!
Fat Burning Foods That Will Shape Your Body
There are certain foods and nutrients that have been scientifically proven to be fat burning foods and to spot reduce troublesome body parts, such as the tummy, thighs, and hips.
Let me elaborate on what I call “Contour Foods.” Science has, thankfully, identified fat burning foods that can truly change your shape. If you understand how to use these foods, then you do not need surgical liposuction. You need nutritional liposuction. It is an amazing breakthrough, and most dieters are unaware of this. So, let’s dig deeper.
Foods That Reduce Belly Fat
Choose monounsaturated fats: nuts and seed, avocados, olive oil, canola oil, and flaxseed oil. This prescription is based on studies documenting that monounsaturated fatty acids actually can help reduce belly fat, including what medical experts call visceral fat. Visceral fat has been linked to a variety of diseases, including diabetes, breast cancer, heart disease and dementia.
Avoid saturated fats such as butter, animal fat, and cream and hydrogenated (trans) fats. These fats will slow down your metabolism.
Enjoy probiotic and calcium rich proteins such as yogurt. These foods help you lose weight and have been shown in research to reduce belly fat. One reason is that they are high in calcium, a mineral fat-burner. With calcium in short supply, the body makes a hormone called calcitrol. This hormone transmits a message to fat cells and tells them to hang on to fat, especially around the belly. Eat the calcium-rich fat burning foods and you reverse the process.
Choose whole grains as your starch choices. Researchers have found whole grains trim fat around the waistline. I am talking about oatmeal, brown rice, wild rice, barley, bulgar wheat, whole-wheat bread, and whole wheat pasta.
How to Lose Hip Fat and Thigh Fat
Any high-fiber food (think apples, pears, high-fiber cereals, and legumes) helps trim fat off thighs and hips. Why? Dietary fiber whisks excess estrogen from the body, and estrogen is notorious for directing fat toward your thighs and hips. This is a true breakthrough, because many diets of late have talked about banishing belly fat to the point of overkill. A lot of women I know would gladly slim their butts and hips over their bellies if given the right info. The key is to increase the fiber in your diet.
The best fat burning foods to eat in order to lose hip fat are beans, peas, lentils; rice, oat, barley, corn, and wheat bran; pears, apples, oranges, berries; carrots, potatoes, squash; corn; seeds; nuts; whole-grain breads and cereals; and green beans, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes.
What about cellulite? All I can say is that some experts believe that fatty foods and sugar foods contribute to cellulite, and eating more light protein, fruit, vegetables, and fiber, while cutting out fatty and sugary foods, may help reduce cellulite. Exercising with weights is effective too; it makes your body more cellulite resistant.
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