Find out about foods that can help you burn belly fat. These foods usually fall into two groups:
Foods that prevent blood sugar spikes and Foods that increase metabolism.
These are some foods that prevent blood sugar spikes: salmon, avocado, olive oil, almonds, and beans. They are high in protein, fat, and or fiber and the digestion process is slower, so they won’t cause a sharp spike in blood sugar – this is literally the sugar in your blood. When you eat sweets or refined carbs like white bread and donuts, your blood sugar levels rise so rapidly that your hormones go out of whack. This leads to the storage of more abdominal fat.
Every time we eat, our body has to use energy or calories to break down our food and absorb the nutrients. This process boosts our metabolism. When we eat protein, 20-30% of those calories go straight to digestion! When we eat fat or carbs, only about 5-15% of those calories go towards digestion.
Why does it require more energy to digest the protein? Because protein is made up of amino acids held together by peptide bonds which are very strong. So, to break them up, our stomach needs to do some extra work.
Also, foods high in protein and fiber can help prevent us from overeating because they keep us fuller longer. But remember, if we eat too many calories, we can’t lose weight. The following foods can increase our metabolism.
Green tea, cayenne pepper, vinegar plus high protein foods like eggs, meat, and fish.
A cup of green tea or a tsp of cayenne a day can help us burn an extra 10-20 calories a day, but it takes a deficit of 3500 calories to burn off 1 lb of fat! These foods do help, but you’ve also got to incorporate exercise too if you want to really see a change in your body.
If you increase your muscle mass, you will burn more calories at rest and throughout the day than if you had less muscle. You can do this by doing strength training and eating your protein.
Sleeping well is also important.
When you don’t, your body thinks that it is under stress, so your cortisol levels can increase. When this happens, you will also have increased belly fat.