Guest Author - Meredith Ball
A natural lifestyle, one of healthy foods and exercise, will typically result in a fit and trim body, including the belly. The emphasis on foods that have high protein and fiber, and are low-fat, are the best places to start to focus on trimming the waist and belly area down.
The reasons for some are wanting to feel better by looking better, and for others, it is because of the knowledge we have that excess belly fat is not good for heart health. Whatever your reason, learning which foods will naturally help you to feel better is easy, helpful and results in more energy and productivity in life.
It is important that you know your reasons for reading on are for health reasons. If you are looking to slim down when you are already underweight, then please do think about your health and as always contact your Doctor about any changes in your diet. If you are really looking to eat healthier to feel better, then also check with your Doctor before any dietary changes and have fun enjoying these delicious foods. Also, please do not only eat one type of food from this list, but a variety of proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates, ideally in six small meals throughout the day to better regulate your metabolism.
Foods that bring in high protein naturally help to break down fat and build up muscle. When you combine eating high protein with good weightlifting exercises and cardio workouts, your body will tone up. Some foods high in protein that are healthy for you are eggs, beans, and nuts. Prepare your food in a way that doesnít add fat. For example, simply scramble your eggs with some diced veggies. Be sure to not eat refried beans because they are high in fat. And, eat a handful of nuts as they are higher in fat.
Food that contain high fiber, helping with digestion are whole grains, oatmeal, vegetables and beans. Whole grain breads, cereals, or oatmeal with berries, is a great way to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Vegetables are an excellent source of fiber and are especially healthy when eaten raw because the minerals and vitamins are not cooked away. When introducing more fiber into your diet, keep in mind that you will experience some more gas and bloating than usual, which may make you feel that your stomach is actually larger. Do not fear, that is all just air and to help with that, increase the intake of these fiber-filled foods slowly, and drink some ginger tea to help with any tummy upset.
Low-fat fats, or good fats, can be found in olive oil and avocados. These good fats actually help to burn fat. When picking carbohydrates, such as breads and pastas, which are important to our diet as well, find whole grain varieties and check the fat content on the nutrition label. The American Heart Association guidelines are that 30% of your caloric intake should be fat, and varies based on your gender, weight, age, level of activity and health goals. Again, check with your Doctor to determine what would be best for you.
There has been a lot of discussion about green tea over the years and how it burns fat. Green tea does increase your metabolism, which does result in fat loss. Yet, drinking green tea all day will not burn all the fat you would like. Green tea typically increases the average personís metabolism by 4%. If you drink green tea and then eat a big bowl of ice cream though, that increase in metabolism wonít negate the fat of the ice cream. It really boils down to a combination of all of these healthy foods, not just relying on one while indulging consistently in fattier foods.
Please do treat yourself to the foods you enjoy as well, and be mindful of eating consistently healthy, natural foods high in protein and fiber. Balance is key, exercise is essential, and natural foods added in will give you the toned body and energy you need to reach your goals.