Keep Movin' Kentuckiana

Find posts by keyword
Find posts by date

Print
Email
|

Eat these and lose belly fat!

by chris.mohr

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 1:24 PM

Most "diets" tell you everything you shouldn't eat.

I think that's useless.

Who wants to think of deprivation? Starvation? Your goal isn't to just burn belly fat, but it's to burn belly fat FOREVER!

Who wants a quick fix diet that doesn't last forever?

At Mohr Results, we focus on everything you SHOULD eat and include when trying to lose belly fat ... and even when just trying to be the BEST physically and mentally.

So today I'm going to talk about 3 nutrients you're not eating enough of and just how you can eat more, through real foods, since no one thinks in terms of "eating nutrients."

Vitamin D

Nutrition experts recently met again to see if the recommendation for this nutrient should be raised. Most experts who study the vitamin agree that it should.

Why all the recent "noise" about this vitamin? It's been shown to help:

* muscle strength
* improve bone health
* potentially play a role in reducing type 1 and 2 diabetes
* slash fat loss
* cancer prevention
* Alzheimer's
* arthritis
* decreasing falls with elderly
* decrease inflammatory issues
* And much, much more.

Our bodies make vitamin D from sunlight, but most people don't get out enough ... or when we do, we slather our bodies in suntan lotion so sun has no chance to hit our skin (I'm not saying don't use sunblock, by the way).

Believe it or not, Vitamin D deficiency is starting to resurface. The problem is it is difficult to get from foods --0milk is fortified, canned and wild salmon are good options, sardines, anchovies, egg yolks, liver, and only a few other foods provide decent quantities. Unfortunately you're probably not licking your lips thinking of sardines, washed down with a nice glass of milk, are you? Me neither. I do love salmon, though!

So what should we do?

First, next time you go to your doctor, have them measure blood levels of Vitamin D --0experts seem to suggest that levels should be at least 40 ng/dL for optimal health. At Mohr Results, our goal is not to simply eat enough to prevent malnutrition, but rather aim to optimize health.

And this is one nutrient it might be wise to add as a supplement (1000 IU's/day, unless your health care provider tells you differently). Of course do try to include some of those foods, too, because you get other powerful nutrients in addition to D when eating whole foods. A favorite product of ours is Nordic Naturals Ultimate-Omega with D (high concentration of omega-3's + 1000 IU's of vitamin D). A true win win. Of course this is in conjunction with a great variety of foods that provide loads of other nutrients too.

Omega-3 Fats

This one probably won't surpise you. It all started when scientists realized Eskimo's had an incredibly low rate of heart disese, yet ate a diet that was about 70% fat. When they realized where the fat came from (primarily seal, which are high in omega 3's), the wheels started turning.

Now, over 7,000 scientific studies later, voila! We've got a winner on our hands!

The American Heart Association suggests eating at 12 oz of fatty fish per week (such as salmon, tuna, sea bass, etc). Fish is the best source of omega-3 fats, but without getting into technical details, you can also get omega-3's from other foods, such as walnuts, almonds, and flax seed/oil. They're not exactly the same, even though they're all under the "omega-3 umbrella." But all are a healthy part of the diet and you should be eating more of them! If you're allergic, well, then stick with vegetarian sources of omega-3's.

Why should you care?

Some of the benefits of omega-3's are similar to those listed above for Vitamin D.

* potentially burn belly fat
* improves skin

* may play a role in reducing type 1 and 2 diabetes
* cancer prevention
* reduce the risk or progression of Alzheimer's
* slow progression of arthritis
* decrease inflammatory issues
* Decrease the risk of heart disease

Now if all those benefits above don't impress you, nothing will.

Eat more vitamin D. Eat more omega-3's. Notice salmon is a good source of both. So are sardines and anchovies, but I bet you're more likely to eat the salmon.

Fiber

Most American's eat an average of 10 grams of fiber each day.

It's recommended that we get 20-35 grams.

There's obviously a disconnect.

Here's how to do it.

Replace all crap carbs --0you know, the ones that increase belly fat FAST --0with fiber filled carbs. Fruits. Veggies. Grains. If a carbohdyrate DOESN'T have 3 or more grams of fiber PER SERVING --0toss it. If it has more than 10 grams of sugar. Toss it. Deal? In an ideal world, you'd get MOST of your carb intake from fruits and veggies, each day. Trust me, you'll feel like a new person.

And why should you care?

* incinerates belly fat
* keeps blood sugar stable --0this helps with energy and storage of body fat
* Controls appetite
* Keeps you regular

All those sound good to me! Just as an aside, add fiber slowly ... otherwise your spouse, co workers, and friends may no longer want you around.

Print
Email
|