The Best Belly Fat Diet Is Loaded With Carbs
Lose More Belly Fat Eating Certain Carbs…
From the title of this article, you may think that I’m going to tell you to go wild and crank up your general carb intake, which is NOT what this article is actually about. Sorry!
What you are going to find is that you can EAT MORE CARBS and LOSE MORE BELLY FAT when you follow the simple advice I’m about to give you.
Carbohydrates Are Not All Evil
Carbs alone are NOT all the same, and no, they are not all the enemy.
The main trick to this is to switch away from eating the same way as the typical North American does.
Start with eating carbs that contain less, or better yet NO added sugar, and eat far more of the carbs which are high in fiber.
By making this one simple switch, you can actually enjoy chomping down on more carbs in your diet while dropping more of those stubborn mid-section pounds.
You see, the typical North American diet is full of processed, sugar-laden simple carbohydrates that contain very little fiber. Some have almost none and those are the worst.
The worst absolute worst culprits are high-sugar, low-fiber carbs that I call “fat-hoarders”.
These are the type of carbs you’ll definitely want to dodge if your goal is to obtain a flat stomach and a trim waistline.
Belly Fat Loss Friendly Foods
In this section, you will find categories of carbs and lists of specific carbohydrate foods rich in fiber that will help you burn off belly fat.
Vegetables: asparagus, artichoke hearts, bok choy, brussel sprouts, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, broccoli, collard greens, cucumber spinach, celeriac, chard, cauliflower, celery, radishes, cabbage, eggplant, fennel, lettuce, leeks, kale, okra, radicchio, snow peas, summer squash, spaghetti squash, sauerkraut, turnips, zucchini squash
Note these 3 Vegetables which are close to being all fiber:
1. Mustard Greens
Herbs & Spices: basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, garlic, cumin, tarragon, turmeric
Berries: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries
Fruit: apples, avocado, apricots, oranges, guava, grapefruit, lemons, peaches, pears, papaya, nectarines mango, rhubarb, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon
Although some of these are a bit higher in sugar, the sugar in fruit is naturally occurring and offset by their fibre. Your body reacts to that in a totally different way that is far less fat storing.
The fruit choices from the list above are very slow absorbing and super high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and other important nutrients. This is totally opposite to processed carbohydrate foods with the sugar added.
Mushrooms: cremini, shiitake, porcini, portobello, oyster, white button mushroom
Mushrooms are not part of the fruit or vegetable categories; technically mushrooms aren’t even plants – they’re are a special type of fungus. Although the nutrient profiles vary from type to type, most mushrooms are good sources of B vitamins, selenium, iron, and other minerals. Best of all mushrooms are low in carbohydrates, calories and high in fiber.
Nuts & Seeds: almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds (but stay away from peanuts, cashews and pistachios) flax seeds, chia seeds.
Nuts provide a non-guilty pleasure when you need an option to keep yourself away from high carb snacks. Since they are rich in good fats, protein and fiber, yet low in carbohydrates – you can indulge in eating nuts on even the strictest low-carb plan.
Just an ounce of nuts or seeds can make a satisfying snack – plus they are packed with minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium and selenium.
There is almost no usable carbohydrate in flax seeds. It is very high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, and has a pile of nutrients to boot. It just could be the ultimate low-carb fiber food source.
Note that flax seeds need to be ground to make the nutrients available (otherwise they just go right through you and come out as a whole seed on the other end).
Taking flax seed oil alone contains neither the fiber nor the phytochemicals of whole flax seed meal. You need the fiber to make fax fat fighting effective!
Chia seeds have a fiber and carb profile similar to flax seeds and are a good source of calcium and phosphorus, and a very good source of manganese. The fiber in chia seeds is mostly soluble which can help lower your cholesterol as well as help with improving digestion.
You can blend chia seeds into smoothies. But, unlike flax seeds, chia seeds do not need to be ground in order for you to benefit from their nutrients. It is a good idea to soak chia seeds for about 10 minutes before consuming them to prevent them from absorbing water from your body during digestion and causing dehydration.
Good Carbs are Real Foods
If you read through all of the foods that were listed, you’ll notice that NONE of them are what I call boxed or packaged foods. Nope! Good carbs come mostly from the fresh produce section of the grocery store. And you can eat loads of them without having to worry about cutting calories. The exception to that would be nuts because their fat is calorie dense.
And anytime you see a package of cookies or baked goods with a “lower in fat” or “gluten free” or “natural” don’t get suckered into thinking it’s good for you. Those foods will not help you lose fat. It’s just a bunch of marketing B.S. so don’t fall for it!!!
You’ll need to cut out all processed foods that have added sugar (even those that have no sugar but have artificial sweetener). Processed carbs are the bad guys.
Avoid those like the plague!!! Opt instead to satisfy your sweet tooth by eating raw, whole natural fruit which are low in sugar and high-fiber.
But if you are too weak to totally cut out and avoid eating bread, muffins,bagels, pasta, etc… you may want to take a carb blocker pill on the occasions when you do indulge.