It may seem more like a gimmick than an actual working method to lose weight, but eating food can actually help you to burn body fat. I know; it’s a little outlandish if you are the skeptical type. After all, eating is what led you to the excess belly fat in the first place.
However, if you control the types of fatty acids you’re ingesting, you can really provide a big boost to your metabolism and start to burn off belly fat. I know you want to target belly fat but the best way to go about getting a thinner waist is to look for things that burn calories so that you lose weight all over, including your stubborn stomach.
Like everything else in the dieting realm, of course, you will still need a disciplined diet, practice in moderation and an active lifestyle for the best results when it comes to burning belly fat, but it can be helped along with simply eating food.
Burning Belly Fat the MUFA Way
MUFA sounds like a bad nickname for somebody from Jersey, but it’s an acronym for monounsaturated fatty acids. If you’re wondering what a MUFA is, well, let’s give it to you as simple as possible – it’s good fat know as monounsaturated fatty acid.
Your body needs fat, and monounsaturated fat is among the best you can get. You goal should be to include MUFA in every meal you eat, or at least a few times throughout the day. There are a lot of foods out there with MUFA in them, so don’t worry about lack of options.
People are always surprised to learn that not only do a lot of oils contain MUFA, but you can also eat them and help burn belly fat. Oils like sunflower, peanut, olive, soybean, canola, flaxseed, and other oils are all very high in monounsaturated fat. (The source from where the oil comes from is also high in MUFA too, so remember that.)
Nuts and Seeds
Here we get into some food with some substance to it. Most types of nuts and seeds you’ll find are very high in MUFA, as well as fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Forget the apple; a handful of nuts a day will keep the doctor away (or will at least help you to burn belly fat!).
This one is undoubtedly the most unbelievable of the bunch. That’s right; chocolate is high in MUFA. But don’t eat those sweet treats, like candy bars and milk chocolate. The darker the chocolate is (more actual chocolate and less sugar), the healthier it is for you. Get at least 60% chocolate, anything less will be diluted with sugar, cocoa butter, and cream. Check out a Mexican cookbook for some great savory chocolate usages or enjoy a small square of dark chocolate after dinner.
MUFAs are the good fats. You may think all fats are bad, that’s why it is important to eat natural foods with good fat, not high amounts of saturated fats that come from animal sources or processed foods.