1. Belly Fat Burning Myth: Working out makes you hungry, therefore you eat more
The fact is:
Don’t believe this myth or you’ll start skipping a workout here and there. The truth is that working out actually suppresses your appetite. If you wonder at the truth of this statement, it might be because your post-workout thirst mimics hunger (when you’re dehydrated), so you thought you were hungry.
Drink some water and it will not only quench your thirst, but quench your hunger pangs as well.
Motivation bonus: The best thing about working out is that it boosts your metabolism so you burn calories and fat over a longer period of time.
2. Belly Fat Burning Myth: Your cardio workout only burns calories after about 15 minutes
The fact is:
Your body is burning calories around the clock, whether you’re sitting, sleeping or exercising. However, after the first 15 minutes or so of your workout, your body switches to fat as a fuel source.
Motivation Bonus: Weight loss is ultimately dependent on burning calories. You burn less fat if you run for twenty minutes, but you’ll burn more calories than if you go on a long walk. The quick answer is to always choose the workout that burns more calories. But more than anything, just keep moving.
3. Belly Fat Burning Myth: High Protein diets help you lose weight
The fact is:
Instead of focusing on any one food, choose a balanced diet rich in lean protein (it helps you feel full longer and it also helps to balance your blood sugar, giving you energy for longer periods of time). Include carbohydrate rich foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, drink lots of water, add exercise, and you’ll burn fat and keep it off. Add some of the super foods, natural fat burning remedies, and detox tea too.
Motivation Bonus: Ultimately the key to fat burning and weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume.
Belly Fat Superfoods
Superfoods are whole foods (unprocessed) that are naturally high in nutrients and phytochemicals (give foods their color and scent) that may offer health benefits.
Here is a list of some of the best Superfoods to add to your diet to maintain your health.
Are the botanical family that includes leeks, onions, and garlic, share many remarkable traits. They help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Research suggests they inhibit the growth of prostate, stomach, and colon cancer cells. They also have antibiotic properties to help ward off illness-causing bacteria.
The pigment betacyanin (a phytochemical) gives beets their distinctive color, but more than that, it is just one of several disease-fighting phytonutrients found in this root vegetable. Beets are also a good source of folate which guards against birth defects, colon cancer, and osteoporosis. They are also high in fiber and beta-carotene.
Fresh or frozen, blueberries are high in antioxidants which combat the damage done by inflammation. Anthocyanins (a phytochemical), the natural plant compounds that give blueberries their deep color, may have anti-diabetic effects as well and new research suggests blueberries might protect the heart.
King, sockeye, and coho salmon have more DHA plus EPA omega-3 fatty acids than almost any other seafood, as well as some of the lowest mercury levels. Nutritionally, wild-caught Alaskan canned salmon is as good as fresh, and it costs a fraction as much.
Cinnamon is the gold medalist of the spice rack, with one of the highest antioxidant levels of all herbs and spices. It also has a positive effect on blood glucose levels, so adding it to food can keep you feeling steady and satiated.
Cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli-contain a powerful range of disease fighters. One particular hero, sulforaphane, may increase enzymes that lower the incidence of colon and lung cancers.
Ahh, yes. Fernando is so right. Dark chocolate can make or break your day. But why? High antioxidant levels make dark chocolate a perfect indulgence. It’s also high in flavonoids, substances that have been shown to improve blood flow, suppress coughs, improve memory, and bless you with hydrated, smooth skin. Research also shows that natural ingredients in dark chocolate bear a striking similarity to a widely used mood-stabilizing drug. A 1 oz. dose of chocolate a day is now officially the doctor’s order.
Dark, Leafy Greens like spinach, seaweeds, kale, and swiss chard are excellent source of iron, vitamin A, and lutein for eye health. Best of all, they are loaded with omega-3s.
Flaxseed Omega-3 fatty acids are becoming increasingly popular nutrition buzzwords, and for good reason! Research has revealed that they speed up cell metabolism and reduce inflammation in the body, thereby reducing triglyceride levels and lowering blood pressure. Caution: as our bodies are unable to break down the husk of a whole flax seed, use ground flaxseeds.
Hotties: Black Pepper, Cayenne, Ginger That heat on your tongue when you eat spices such as ginger, cayenne, and black pepper is evidence of gingerols, capsaicin, and piperine, compounds that boost metabolism. They also have an aphrodisiac effect. Caution: avoid consuming them if you’re bothered by hot flashes.
Miso a fermented soybean paste, is a great source of low-calorie protein (two grams in a 25-calorie serving). It also contains B12 and is a good source of zinc which helps the immune system function properly.
Seaweed (Hijiki, Wakame, Kelp, Nori)
Think of eating seaweed as going directly to the source-this is where fish get THEIR Omega-3′s. Why not skip the fish and go straight to the seaweed? Seaweeds contain nutrients commonly found in green, leafy vegetables AND with most minerals found in the ocean giving them a one-two punch. They’re also full of magnesium, which may prevent migraines and asthma attacks.
Spelt like whole wheat, ancient spelt is sweeter, nuttier, and higher in protein than its processed relatives. Both are also good sources of manganese and copper.
Sweet Potatoes whether orange or white, sweet potatoes contain phytonutrients that promote heart and eye health, and boost immunity. They’re rich in beta-carotene (thought to lower breast cancer risk) and vitamin A (may reduce the effects of smoking).
Turmeric used in holistic medicine as a digestive aid and wound healer, can also serve as an anti-inflammatory. Reach for the curry (turmeric is a primary ingredient) when nursing a toothache or a sprain.
Of all nuts, walnuts contain the most alpha-linolenic omega-3 fatty acids which lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and may reduce inflammation in arteries. Walnuts are also a great source of antioxidants, vitamin E, selenium, and magnesium.
Don’t eat whole grains (such as buckwheat and quinoa) just because they are high in magnesium, B vitamins, fiber, and manganese. Do it because they taste great-nutty, buttery, earthy. And that, in turn, may actually help you to not overeat. One study found that people feel fuller after eating buckwheat than after eating other grains.
Detox tea not only will remove toxins from your system but it will also increase your metabolism and you will lose belly fat by cleansing your body.
Good Luck on Your Weight Loss Journey!