When it comes to burning off fat, we should look to our diets first and foremost. Most of us are not guilty of just eating a few things that are bad for our weight, but our diets as a whole promote fat gain.
Your diet should consist of whole foods whenever possible, and you should avoid the pre-packaged, highly processed foods. Whole foods are foods that haven’t been altered like 100% whole wheat breads, fruits, vegetables and foods that come straight from nature.
These processed foods are not natural and are foreign to our body, and hence we have more problems digesting and synthesizing these foods then we would with whole foods.
Whole foods are generally better for you as well because they are more often than not more nutrient rich than other processed foods out there.
You want to look for whole foods when possible, and if you plan on buying prepared foods don’t buy ones where you can’t pronounce the ingredients listed. Stay away from the frozen prepared food section of the supermarket which is notorious for these highly processed unhealthy foods.
2. Use Intermittent Fasting to Your Benefit
Intermittent fasting is an easy way to burn belly fat that doesn’t require fancy gadgets or calorie counting. Intermittent fasting is based on one simple concept: to completely burn through your body’s glycogen stores so that you can switch to fat as a fuel source.
The primary source of energy our body uses for fuel is glucose, which is stored in our liver and muscles. Once this energy source is depleted, our body switches to fat stores to use energy which will really help when it comes to losing that belly fat.
Intermittent fasting can be done in a number of ways, but it requires not eating for at least 6-8 hours at a time. The reason for this is because it takes your body this long to burn through all your glycogen.
If you are unfamiliar with intermittent fasting, the best way to ease your way in to doing so is to start with an early dinner and a late breakfast to allow yourself plenty of room to hit that 6-8 hour window.
3. Add Natural Metabolism Boosters to Your Diet
Hot spicy foods are something that everyone should add to their diet. There are a wide variety of peppers and sauces made from these peppers which can be used for a condiment on pretty much any food.
Hot spicy foods boost our heart rate, make us sweat and boost our metabolism all which help us to lose fat. Hot spicy foods contain chemicals known as capsacin which helps to break down fat in multiple biological pathways.
Green tea is another metabolism booster which helps to lose fat as well. Green tea is also loaded with antioxidants which help fight against free radicals in our body. Free radicals are the cause of many illnesses in the body including a wide variety of cancers.
4. Avoid Foods with Added Sugar and Drinks Loaded With Calories
Sugar itself isn’t healthy and is the root cause behind many diseases especially obesity. Too much sugar can cause heart disease and diabetes as well. The easiest way to go about this is to drink water whenever possible and prepare your own drinks as well.
One 12 oz can of soda alone surpasses the recommended daily allowance for an adult man or woman and contains close to 150 calories. Everyone by now knows soda isn’t healthy but a lot of other fruit juices and iced teas are even worse for your health.
If you don’t like drinking water because it is too plain, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to give it some flavor. It is really easy to rack up a lot of extra calories by just drinking them down, so be especially aware of sugary drinks.