Fat Loss Nutrition

December 19, 2010 by  
Filed under A Healthy Diet

The question we all face is what to eat, and what not to eat, in order to lose fat. There is an abundance of information available in the public arena, including the Internet. The trouble is that the more you read the more conflicting information you will encounter.

However, you need to accept that nutrition is absolutely essential for getting a lean stomach. In fact, it is more important than the exercises you also need to maintain.

Well “established” nutrition advice tells you, on the one hand, to reduce fat intake in order to prevent heart disease and, on other hand, to reduce carbohydrates in order to reduce blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes. If you do both, there is preciously little left to eat so there is a controversy here.

You need to eat both fat and carbohydrates to maintain mental and body strength. The key to losing body fat is to know which foods accelerate fat burning in your body and which foods prevent fat burning.

The first nutrition recommendation is to consume 90% of your carbohydrates from fruit and vegetables and reduce the intake of processed foods like breakfast cereals, soft drinks, bread, biscuits and artificial sweeteners because they contain a high level of sugar and harmful chemicals. This one recommendation will give you lots of mental energy. Good carbs include sprouted grain bread, rice, millet and sweet potatoes. The best fruits include blueberries, grapes, kiwi fruit, apples and apricots. You should also drink at least 6-8 glass of plain water every day.

You augment your carbohydrates with protein and fat foods,  some of which we were once told were bad for us. Eat real butter, whole eggs, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados and raw nuts like almonds and cashews.  The foods to avoid are hydrogenated oils, canola oil, margarine and substitute butters.

From there you can go in almost any direction you want because you will get most of your calories from those basics. You can add meat, grains and dairy like yoghurt but if you don’t lose your belly fat you need to reduce these latter foods. Just find out what works for you.

Dr. Chris Mohr surprisingly recommends that people seeking to lose fat can consume 1,500 calories per day. While this calorie intake is a little low, especially for men, he claims that number applies to both men and women.

In summary, the foods that prevent fat loss are alcohol, soft drinks, processed and fried foods. These should not be in your regular diet.

The key to success is to implement changes gradually and preferably one at a time. Make the change a permanent one and then plan for the next one.  Here’s an example of the challenge you face when you walk down the supermarket shelves filling up your basket. When you get home, pour yourself a bowl of yoghurt and mix it with a cup of blueberries and a handful of cashew nuts or almonds. You have done your body a favour. And you don’t need to count calories.


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