4. Nutrition and Belly Fat
Whatever you may think about food and calories has to be changed if you hope to lose stubborn belly fat. How and what we eat is really the main factor in fat loss. It’s not the only factor – you do need to get up off your couch and move your body, but that’s the subject of another lesson.
For now, let’s get some basic nutrition facts straight – the “eat less” part of the equation. In order to burn fat, you need to decrease your daily caloric intake. You need to eat fewer calories overall. Essentially, you need to move from a diet based on sugars and starches to a diet based on good, balanced nutrition.
It’s a fact that when we take in an excess of simple sugars in the form of white sugar, white flour, pastas, potatoes, and more, we set ourselves up to become pre-diabetic. One of the first places fat is stored due to overeating sugars and starches is the belly. We’ve all heard that insulin is a major factor in how our bodies deal with sugar. It will direct the body to store the sugar as fat in your belly.
The direct opposite will happen if you stop eating excessive amounts of refined starches and high sugar content foods. Belly fat will begin to decrease over time, with consistent diet changes and regular exercise.
It’s important to make sure that the kind of calories you’re eating are nutrient packed. While it’s true that a calorie is a calorie, energy wise, it is packed with other nutrients when it’s consumed as a large green salad as opposed the “empty” or junk calories of a large strawberry milkshake.
Food-wise, an 850-calorie salad is going to feed your body what it needs to repair and maintain health whereas an 800-calorie milkshake has almost no nutrients - and to top it off, the high amounts of sugar are counterproductive to building health.
This explains why we’re hungry after eating an 800-calorie milkshake – your body still needs the nutrients and so sends out hunger signals. If you eat a candy bar, it will satisfy the hunger pangs for a time, but then it will signal hunger again very soon.
But if you eat a large salad with chicken, for example, you won’t feel hunger so soon. Yes, you may still desire a slice of “death by chocolate” cake, but that’s more of an emotional hunger.
You need to learn to make better food choices if you ever hope to reduce belly fat and eventually get six pack abs. It comes down to what you want more: the cake or the ripped abs? There really is no in between, although once you’ve attained your maintenance level, you can indulge in occasional desserts and pasta dishes.
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