I have bad news about those “fat-burning” foods you’ve been eating to lose weight.
They aren’t really “burning fat.”
If you’ve been unsuccessful in losing weight, particularly in your middle, here’s some good news!
They key ingredients found in The Flat Belly System (learn more about The Flat Belly System) – SFAs (saturated fatty acids – AKA healthy fats) hold the power to transform your body and naturally raise your metabolism.
When you combine these “unique” fats with a carb-cycling plan, you’ll optimize your fat-burning metabolism and lose weight where you want – your belly.
Here are the 10 belly-fat fighting foods that burn fat, boost your metabolism, and detoxify your body while controlling cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, supplying four times more than oranges. Vitamin C travels through your body, killing free radicals, preventing cellular damage. Lemons assist in the digestive process by producing necessary enzymes, giving life to your gall bladder and liver, and promoting the absorption of protein and minerals. Lemon juice promotes fat synthesis, helping rid the body of retained water and built up toxins in your fat cells.
How many lemons should you eat every day?
The juice of one lemon every day, similar to the Lemon Water Cocktail in The Flat Belly System.
Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious foods and one of the only foods you could legimitely call a “superfood.” Unfortunately, you’ve been told to get rid of the most nutritious part of the egg, the yolk. Eggs are a great source of choline, biotin, protein, and an array of nutrients and minerals required for brain, heart, and metabolic health. While eggs are high in cholesterol, researchers have determined, that it is NOT the cholesterol, but rather the type of fat (polyunsaturated fat) in foods that negatively affect cholesterol levels.
How many eggs should you eat every day?
Up to 2 eggs per day, ideally pasture-raised, organic, non-GMO eggs. In the Flat Belly System, we cycle breakfast options with eggs and other protein/fat sources to boost metabolism.
Zucchini is a good source of vitamins A, B, C, and potassium, magnesium, and fiber. The magnesium in zucchini reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, which the potassium helps control blood pressure. The high fiber content of zucchini absorbs cancer-causing toxins, flushing them away from cells in your intestines and colon. Eating zucchini will not only help your body reduce inflammation, it will boost your fat-burning potential, which promotes weight loss.
How much zucchini should I eat?
Eat zucchini 2-3 times per week with other vegetables combined with a protein and fat. Steaming is a great way to prepare zucchini, drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Americans eat almost half a million tons of yogurt each year, but for most people eating yogurt is doing more harm than good since the majority yogurt sold in grocery stores is causing inflammation. Yogurt is made by adding bacterial cultures to milk, but if the milk is from conventional cows with growth hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs, the end-product will be a “dead” yogurt. When you eat “alive” yogurt you will reap the benefits, like preventing infections, boosting immunity, and promoting weight loss. If you want to energize your metabolism, feed your cells with vitamins and minerals, and boost your immune system eat high quality yogurt from grass-fed cows.
How much yogurt should I eat?
Assuming you’re eating high quality yogurt, you could eat about 1 cup of yogurt every day. If you’re eating for breakfast, make sure to add protein powder (see #10) and add nuts or seeds to boost the nutrition and eat adequate calories.
Almonds are probably the most nutritionally balanced nut. It is high in protein, healthy fats, and many vitamin and minerals. By eating almonds, you can boost your energy, improve the health of your hair and skin, and maximize your nervous system function. Almond eaters have seen improvement in heart disease, blood pressure, and faster weight loss. Remember, it’s not fats that you make fat, it’s the type of fat and almonds are a high fat food that helps you lose fat.
How many almonds should I eat for a healthy snack?
6. Sweet Potatoes
The rumors about sweet potatoes are true…they are indeed one of the most nutritious foods in the vegetable family. Sweet potatoes are packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and E. Sweet potatoes are loaded with anti-oxidants, helping your body eliminate free radicals, chemicals that damage cells and promote heart disease and cancer. Believe it or not, sweet potatoes are well tolerated by diabetics and those with insulin resistance, since they help stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance.
How many sweet potatoes should I eat every week?
Two to 3 servings of sweet potatoes every week provide a healthy dose of nutrients and energy for your cells. Toss a small handful in before cooking eggs to spruce up your breakfast.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a unique ability to boost your metabolism, release stubborn belly fat, and improve your health. It’s lauric acid content can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Studies show that coconut oil may help increase thyroid health because of its unique combination of nourishing properties and the fact that it travels directly to the liver without the need for hormones or enzymes in digestion. Coconut oil will help boost metabolism, as it is VERY pro-thyroid and metabolism, which will assist in weight and fat loss. Coconut oil can increase bone strength by allowing better absorption of calcium, vitamin D and other minerals. Ultimately, what makes coconut oil unique is its stability, which prevents rancidity and oxidation.
How much coconut oil should I eat every day?
You should consume about 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil every day. The best way to eat it is to start cooking with it, so you replace the oils that are slowing down your thyroid.
Offering both soluble and insoluble fiber, apples are well-known aiding digestion and promoting weight loss. Many women worry that apples will spike insulin too much, but the nutritional make-up of apples prevent your insulin from spiking. It’s still a good idea to combine apples with a protein and/or fat when eating apples as snacks. In addition to vitamins and minerals, apples contain a fibrous chemical called pectin that detoxifies your cells and helps control leptin levels.
How many apples a day should I eat?
You don’t have to eat an apple a day to keep the Dr. away, but eating a 3-5 apples every week can help boost energy and satisfy your appetite. The Flat Belly System offers snack combinations using apples and other awesome foods like the ones on this HUGE list of metabolism boosting foods.
Lentils are an underrated nutritional powerhouse They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are more well-known for their help in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. While lentils aren’t a complete protein, of all legumes and nuts, lentils contain the third-highest levels of protein.
How many servings of lentils should I eat every week?
2 or 3 servings of lentils will help mix up your protein and bean sources giving you plenty of fiber and keeping your appetite satisfied.
10. Gelatin Powder
Gelatin comes from the structural protein collagen found in many animals. This collagen is a fibrous protein that strengthens the body’s connective tissues and makes up almost one-third of the human body. Because gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline (something that most people don’t get enough of), adding gelatin to your daily diet can improve your health and ability to burn fat. Gelatin is the gelatinious material you get when you boil and simmer bones.
A few benefits of gelatin:
- Gelatin helps lower joint inflammation and improves bone health.
- Gelatin improves hair quality, growth, health, texture.
- Gelatin can help with the aging process and improve skin elasticity.
- Gelatin helps lower inflammation related to digestion.
- Gelatin is one of the ONLY non-inflammatory protein powders.
Overall, gelatin improves metabolism and improves overall health and vitality.
How much gelatin should I eat everyday?
You should add about 2 scoops to your breakfast smoothies or 1 Tbsp. to your morning coffee to boost your protein intake and reduce inflammation.
Knowing how to cook “fat-burning” foods, much less the best way to combine these foods in order to burn fat is not easy.
If you are “still learning” the ins and outs of “how to eat to lose weight” then click the link below to read more about how The Flat Belly System is helping women all over the world eat to burn fat, not just lose weight.
Tell me, what is YOUR favorite fat-burning superfood? I’d love to hear about your favorite food in the comments below!