Losing belly fat and maintaining a flat stomach has always been a goal of mine so I took diet and exercise seriously. Consuming the proper fat-burning foods is important and David Zinczenko, best-selling co-author of the popular “Eat This, Not That!” series, has published a new book “Zero Belly Diet” in which I will discuss those belly fat-burning foods in this article today.
Zinczenko created “Zero Belly” which aimed to reduce inflammation, stop bloating and shut down fat-storage genes (Zinczenko 2015). Belly fat is medically defined as “visceral fat”, which surrounds our guts and organs, pushing out our tummies. This type of fat is directly related to major health diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s.
According to Zinczenko, Zero Belly is based on the breakthrough science of “nutritional genetics,” which is the study of how specific foods trigger our fat genes to shut off or on. When Zinczenko put together a panel to test out the Zero Belly program, the average person lost 4 inches off their waist in just 6 weeks. This is quite interesting to me because those individuals lost weight fast without calorie counting or deprivation. The key was to develop a scientifically proven eating program that focuses on your fat genes. The Zero Belly program works in these 3 ways:
First, it reduces bloating by helping you slow down on extra salt, artificial sweeteners and dairy products. Next, it heals your gut by feeding the “good” microbes in your stomach. A balanced diet will decrease inflammation and help to shut off your fat genes. Last, it increases your metabolism with health fats, good dietary fiber and lean protein.
Lose belly fat with these 9 fat-burning foods:
Lean meat has been shown to maintain a high metabolism. These meats include lean beef, skinless chicken breast or white turkey.
Eggs contain a nutrient known as choline and researchers believe it shuts off the genes for visceral fat gain.
Beans, rice, oats and other dietary fiber can help the bacteria in your gut shut off genes for diabetes. I love oatmeal for breakfast and it’s a great way to begin your day plus satisfy your sweet tooth if you add sugar to it.
Red fruit such as apples are one of my favorite foods to eat. The darker the color, the more powerful they are at helping shut off obesity genes.
Olive oil and other healthy fats will help stop hunger cravings for up to four hours. I usually eat a high-protein diet in the mornings to keep my feeling full and curb my appetite throughout the evening.
Extra plant protein can be discovered in nuts and seeds like almonds, sunflower seeds or pecans and split peas or soy. I also like to add a plant-based protein powder mix to my fruit smoothies before and during my workouts.
The flavors and spices you like such as cinnamon, dark chocolate and even ginger can decrease inflammation and fight your fat genes.
“Zero belly drinks”, drinks that are specifically plant-based smoothies that contain protein, fiber, healthy fat and resveratrol. You will find resveratrol in quantities in peanut butter, dark chocolate and red fruits which are all my daily favorites.
Green tea, bright vegetables, and leafy greens have been shown to decrease inflammation and help shut off fat-storage genes. I personally love bright, colorful vegetables because they add color and crunch to my meal plan.
You can include these 9 fat-burning foods along with daily physical activity help yourself lose belly fat today!
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Source: Zinczenko, D. “Nine foods to help you beat fat” 7 January 2015 CNN.com