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NEW!! Tips on how to Lose Unwanted Belly Fat: Part A

by Princess Harris, Sports Model, Fitness Consultant

So many people find it hard to lose those “love handles” or what we all know as belly Fat. Just like losing weight or building muscle it takes hard work, dedication, and commitment. the first thing one needs to remember when trying to lose belly fat is to avoid eating late at night. This is a problem because after a late night snack there isn’t much activity afterwords and most people go to bed – which will cause high sugar levels in the blood stream and not much energy spent after that – And a fluctuations in blood sugar causes an increase in ones appetite that will simply turn into belly fat.

Rid yourself of Sugar/Saturated Fat and Junk food
Like they say, “you are what you eat,” so don’t eat junk. The problem with junk food and sugar is that its considered to be the greatestcause of belly fat. The best way to wing yourself off of junk is to not buy it or keep it in your House. This is true because if you do not have these bad food lying around, you will not think about it and after sometime the habits will be broken.

Identify the Good Carbs/Bad Carbs
While the consumption of carbohydrate is essential – Refined flours created by foods such as white bread, cakes, and pasta should be avoided. Instead, incorporate good carbs such as, vegetables and fresh fruit. Other good carbs that should be incorporated and are beneficial to ones diet are oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes. However, a dieter that consumes most of their carbs from fruits and vegetables as opposed to refined flours are usually healthier.

Exercise/Exercise/Exercise/Exercise which is essential to burning belly fat. While some people don’t work out at all – some may workout 1 or 2 days per week and feel as if that is sufficient enough to reach a balanced health and fit lifestyle. The truth is – you should be exercising at least 5-7 times per week.This does not have to be done in a fitness center or gym- a sprint or a walk makes no difference, so long as you do the work. The key is to find a physical activity that you love and do it. In a later article I will discuss exercises that works best for targeted areas but for now the main thing to remember is that there is no single good exercise to lose your belly fat – what I find to be most important is that you exercise on a regular basis and try to burn as many calories as you can.

NEW!! Lose weight the right way: 10 Healthy Fat Loss Foods


by Princess Harris

Healthy food is not fat loss food. It can be, but healthy does not equal fat loss. The idea that “healthy eating”, (whatever that means) is synonymous with body change is probably the single biggest misconception there is regarding what real physique change takes.
On the other hand, fat loss food is almost always healthy food. Especially when there is excess fat to be lost, and unless you’re less than 10% body fat for a male and 15% for a female, you probably could spare some more fat loss.

With that said, here is my list of the top 10 healthiest fat loss foods based on the researched criteria discussed below↓the list. High water, high fiber and higher protein along with power packed nutrition including vitamins, minerals, essential fats and healthy plant chemicals. Eat from this list of food 90% of the time and my bet is your body’s appearance and its health will improve dramatically.

Salmon & Sardines– High protein, good essential fats and low mercury content unlike most fish.
Berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)- Low sugar, and a potent source of antioxidants
Bison– All the best elements of chicken and red meat rolled into one (no, bison is not an animal that is part chicken and cow). It is low fat like chicken, and loaded with nutrition like beef.
Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc)- low amounts of starch compared to fiber and phytonutrients that help estrogen metabolism.
Eggs (lose all or some of the yolks if you have a ton of fat to lose)- The yolks are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet and the whites are the perfect protein. If your doctor still thinks eggs raise cholesterol in everyone and that cholesterol causes heart disease, please give him or her a recent nutrition book to replace their 1980′s medical library.
Greens (lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, dandelions, etc)- Almost negative calorie with power packed nutrition
Water Veggies (celery, cucumbers, etc)- Eat a dump-truck full of this stuff and you probably still won’t break 1,000 calories.
Apples– Great for a sweet tooth, loaded with water and soluble fiber and plenty of nutrition.
Boneless skinless chicken breast– low fat, satiating and every ones favorite protein.
Cocoa powder– Virtually zero calories, high fiber and loaded with bioactive compounds that raise energy, blunt hunger and reduce cravings. Add 1 tablespoon to a mug, pour hot water on top while stirring and you have the worlds best diet aid. It also lowers blood pressure, has the same blood thinning effect as aspirin, balances blood sugar, and more.

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What is Healthy Eating?

Healthy eating has to do with vitamin amounts, mineral concentrations, essential fat content, fiber and phytonutrient levels. There are plenty of foods that have great nutrient profiles that are not going to help most people lose fat. These include whole grains, nuts/seeds, avocados, olives and high fat dairy foods to name a few. These foods, in anything but smaller amounts, will not be a great strategy for most people. If you hope to get any results with these staples your only option is controlling portions. And that is the issue, controlling portions does not work for most people. Especially the overweight and obese who often have metabolisms that make it difficult for them to feel satisfied from meals or stay full between meals. A better approach is to eat your fill, and you can do just that when you trade in your “healthy foods” for fat loss foods.

To lose fat it takes two things; low calories in the context of hormonal balance. The hormonal balance has to come first, and when it does calorie intake normally takes care of itself.

In other words, eat more of the right things more often and you will have less hunger, absent cravings and stable energy leading to an automatic reduction in food intake. Do it the other way, by taking a calorie first approach, and you will likely increase your hunger, elevate your cravings, suffer from energy lows and a slowed metabolic rate (by slowed metabolic rate I mean a less efficient fat burning engine not how many calories you burn per day). You can be burning calories and losing weight, but if the hormonal balance is off, those calories and that weight will just as likely be coming from muscle as opposed to fat.

What is Fat Loss eating?

Fat loss foods have three things that set them apart; high volumes of water, high amounts of fiber and/or elevated protein content. Water, fiber and protein are all very filling. This is the reason many people can sit down and eat five or six cups of cereal and still feel hungry (cereal has no water, a high starch to fiber ratio and almost non-existent protein). Try eating 5 cups of broccoli or 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts. If you can finish either you certainly aren’t going to be hungry after.

And just for fun, lets calculate the calories. For the sake of trying to be fair, lets choose the best cereal out there (or at least the one the Nutrition Divas tell you to eat), Kashi Go Lean. 5 servings (5 cups)= 950 calories (via www.calorieking.com). 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6oz each)= 936 calories. 5 cups of broccoli= 273 calories. You could eat 5 chicken breast and 5 cups of broccoli and still have only eaten just over 200 calories more than 5 cups of Kashi. Even going through this exercise I have to shake my head.

Do nutritionists really feel cereal (one of the most processed foods on the planet) is a better fiber source than broccoli? Does anyone actually believe most people can overeat chicken breasts? (Source: Metabolic Effect) I am 230 pounds and an active weight lifter. I can’t eat more than 2 chicken breasts at a sitting, and while I am not a big eater, I have a hard time thinking people can eat 10 chicken breasts in a day. And even if they could it still would not be overeating from a calorie perspective for most. Ten chicken breasts still only amounts to less than 2,000 calories. This would mean you need to eat three for breakfast, three for lunch and four for dinner. I am doubting anyone would have much room for their broccoli after that.

The reality is, you can take any lean protein source and pair it with as many non-starchy vegetables as you can eat (corn, potatoes, peas, beans etc= starchy vegetables if we can even call them vegetables, they are actually starches). You can also throw in as much low sugar fruit as you want for your sweet tooth (things like berries, apples, pears and citrus)…and you will end up with more food than you can eat, less calories, less insulin and more nutrients than most any low fat, whole grain diet a nutritionist can dream up.

Fat loss eating means eating more of the right things more often. The right things= lean protein, vegetables and low sugar fruit. In my clinical practice almost everyone (upwards of 90%) who eats this way sees substantial improvements in body composition and health. That is the difference between healthy eating and fat loss eating. Fat loss foods are both healthy AND help with body composition, while “healthy foods” may not help with either one……until next time
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