What are you eating these days? Are you still eating the same food that helped you grow that 50 year-old stomach? If you are, you are not going to lose stomach fat. Even if you are exercising, you are fighting a losing battle. If you do not start replacing the food you have always eaten with the food you should be eating, you will be taking two steps forward and one step backwards. In the end you could give up because you are making little or no progress.
There is a wide variety of everyday foods that burn fat and that will help you lose stomach fat. The foods that do this best are the ones high in protein or high in fiber because your body has to work harder to digest them. When we think of protein we tend to think of animal protein only, but there are many vegetables that contain both protein and fiber. Here are some of the foods that you should consider making part of your diet.
*Meat is the most common form of protein. Try to select lean cuts of meat and to avoid processed meats. Products like ham rolls and chicken rolls are usually high in fat and have preservatives in them. Meats high in fat are not going to help your waistline or your heart. Look for lean beef, lamb, buffalo or poultry without the skin
*Eggs are a good source of protein. These are an easy food that can be eaten in a variety of ways. It only takes a few minutes to cook an egg. Even fried eggs are easy to cook and are healthy if they are done in olive oil
*Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are high in protein but can be high in fat. Select the low-fat variety
*Beans have a high percentage of protein, particularly soy beans, which have almost as much protein as meat. There are a number of soy products available that can supply you with protein – burgers, milk, ice cream, tofu. There are plenty of other beans that are readily available – lima beans, navy bean, red beans, kidney beans
*Vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes
*Fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, pineapples
*Grains – barley, oatmeal, brown rice, wheat, millet
*Seeds and Nuts – almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
As you can see there are many foods that contain protein and fiber, and most of them are easily available. This is by no means the complete list because most fruit, vegetables, grains and seeds contain protein and fiber. They not only help you lose weight but provide essential nutrients for your well-being. If you have not started to include these in your diet to replace the foods you have always eaten, now is the time to start. If you do not change your diet you will not lose your stomach fat.