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5 Belly Fat Diet Tips

Belly Fat Diet TipsIn this article I’d love to talk to you about some of the belly fat diet tips that I’ve been passing down to people over the years. This is part of my ‘how to lose belly fat‘ series which I created to help resolve some myths and mistakes about how to lose belly fat.

These belly fat diet tips have served me well, and they don’t require any huge change in lifestyle or in the type of things you eat.

Do yourself a favor – pick a couple of these tips and then try and do them religiously for the next seven days. Don’t try and implement ALL these belly fat diet tips at once, because you will get overwhelmed. The trick is to pick just a couple so that you doing them only takes a small change in your daily schedule (and that doesn’t require a lot of time to implement).

Belly Fat Diet Tip #1: Stop drinking calories
A few weeks ago I was sitting in a Denny’s, and they had a menu on the table which gave a breakdown of how many calories is in all of their food. I looked down the list, and it made me raise my eyebrows. Do you know what the highest calorie items were? Have a guess…

No, it wasn’t their fluffy pancakes. Nor their sizzlin’ skillets. Nor their Grand Slams.

In fact, it was their Orange Juice, Apple Juice and Shakes.

Surprising isn’t it? But just a couple of fruit juices or sodas a day (or even a Starbucks) can easily add 1000 calories to your diet. And these aren’t good calories either. The calories are all from sugar, which causes you to release insulin, which causes your body to store extra fat (insulin really is the enemy when it comes to losing belly fat).

One of the quickest ways to cut a whole lot of calories out of your diet is to stop drinking calories. Go for just plain water or start drinking tea (a quick trip to TeaVana will open up a whole new world of scrummy beverage choices for you – treat yourself).

If you do get a sugar craving while you are going cold-turkey on this, carry around a pack of Sour Patch Kids candy (or your favorite alternative), and eat one and then drink a glass of water. There’s less sugar and calories in the candy than in that other beverage you were about to drink.

Belly Fat Diet Tip #2: Avoid white carbohydrate
White carbohydrates are highly processed and turn to sugar very quickly in your gut. So under the belly fat diet, the following foods are thus prohibited, except for within 1.5 hours of finishing a resistance-training workout of at least 20 minutes in length: bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, and fried food with breading. If you avoid eating anything white, you’ll be safe.

Belly Fat Diet Tip #3: Eat the same things over and over again
This is my favorite belly fat diet piece of advice. The biggest problem I’ve found people encounter when starting a new diet is NOT that they lose motivation or give in to cravings… it’s that this new diet requires them to read about, buy, and learn to prepare a whole host of new meal plans.

The ENERGY required to learn all these new recipes is the reason why most diets fail. It’s not that we intrinsically lack the motivation to lose weight. It’s just that we lose motivation to make the darn food in the first place!

All the most successful dieters I know stick to the same types of meal, day-in and day-out. This works because they’ve got into the habit of making these meals. It doesn’t require a lot of mental energy to prepare because they know exactly how to make it. It’s the routine that leads to a successful belly fat diet.

Here’s a couple of examples of what I eat virtually every day:

Breakfast – 8 eggs with 3/4 cup of quinoa with roasted vegetables, all drizzled in extra virgin olive oil. Preparation time: 4 minutes.

Lunch – high-calorie salad consisting of: mixed lettuce, houmous, guacamole, salsa, cous-cous, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken breast and pine-nuts.

Evening snack – protein shake consisting of one scoop of chocolate whey protein, two spoons of cottage cheese, and one scoop of natural almond butter.

These are the staple of my diet. I have them every day. Then I rotate other meals around them. These are the meals that give me a large proportion of my daily nutrients and calories without me even thinking about it.

The Penultimate Belly Fat Diet Tip #4: Keep it simple
By eating the same things over and over, my belly fat diet is simple. I can measure out the calories once, and then I know how many calories I am eating every day, because what I eat is the same. If you are keeping a food diary and spend more than 30 seconds a day counting calories, then you are going to get bored of doing it. The majority of successful dieters I know do not calorie count.

The Final Belly Fat Diet Tip #5: Cheat one day a week
One day a week, you can make up for any of your cravings and eat whatever you like, and as much of it as you like. There are no rules on this day. I prefer to do this on a Sunday so that I can make the most of it. I can eat pizza, ice cream, muffins, pasta, all my vices are ok on that one day.

Believe it or not, this one cheat day is one of the most important tips in the belly fat diet. The reasons being:

  • You know during the week that you’ve got a cheat day coming up, so it motivates you to be extra good on those strict days.
  • Because I eat so much, I always end up feeling ill and don’t want to look at that type of food for the rest of the week (you know when you get a craving for something, satisfy the craving, then you’re DONE for that food for a while… it’s the same thing).
  • Paradoxically, dramatically spiking your calorie intake on one day helps fat loss by preventing your body downregulating your metabolism as a result of extended calorie restriction.

Remember, successfully implementing a belly fat diet is to not do everything all at once. Your diet should not disrupt your daily life, but instead fit into it. Once you get into the habit of doing these belly fat diet tips, it’s harder to NOT do them than just to, well, do them!

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