Losing weight around the belly is often one of the hardest places to lose it from. It often seems like every other part of the body slims down and you are still left with a roll of fat hanging over the top of your jeans. However there is no need to give up just yet and the following tips will give you some advice on the best diet to burn belly fat:
No More Junk!
It may sound obvious but the first step to getting rid of unwanted belly fat is eliminating as much junk from your diet as possible. While it is unrealistic to try and get rid of it all at once, you do need to cut down on it as much as you can. Foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat like crisps, biscuits and cookies need to be shown the door. These foods are bad because they contain lots of refined carbs and sugar and are packed full of calories. They affect the body’s ability to burn fat and encourage it to store fat instead.
Good V Bad Carbs
Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet. However not all carbs are the same and are easily grouped into good or bad. Obviously the bad ones need to be avoided as much as possible as they can lead to fat being stored, cause problems with digestion and send blood sugar levels soaring. Foods in the bad carb group include foods made from refined white flour such as bread, biscuits, pasta and cookies.
Instead you should get the carbs your body needs from other sources. Good carbs can be found in fruit and vegetables, pulses, brown rice, oats and other cereals. The body finds it much easier to digest and process these types of carbs and they help to maintain steady blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Back to Basics
A number of diets have been created recently that focus on eating like our ancient ancestors did. The Caveman diet and the Paleo diet are probably the two best known examples. They only include natural and whole foods that cavemen would have been able to hunt and gather for themselves. All foods are in their natural state so any processed, refined, dairy or wheat based products are off the menu.
Research has shown that thousands of years ago many of the illnesses and diseases that are common today, such as diabetes and cancer, were very rare and this was due in large part to the diet eaten.