Can you get rid of unwanted abdominal fat by eating? Well… according to nutritionist Mike Geary you can. As a matter of fact, 80% of successful fat loss comes down to eating – that is – if you put the right types of food on the menu.
We all know veggies are good… right?
Well, what if there were a specific class of vegetables that can ‘fight the fat’ using certain very unique phytonutrients? Sounds good? Read on and learn which vegetables you should be eating and how they help you burn belly fat.
First, you need to know about one important reason your stubborn belly fat is so… well… stubborn.
Why your body holds onto belly fat
According to Mike Geary, certified personal trainer, nutrition specialist and author of The Fat Burning Kitchen, one of the main reasons that abdominal fat is so hard to get rid of is due to chemicals in our food and our environment, known as xenoestrogens.
What are xenoestrogens? They are chemicals contained in certain foods, pesticides, petrochemicals, herbicides, car exhausts, household cleaners… and the list goes on. One of the harmful effects of these chemicals is that they cause your body to store fat.
How does it work? Xenoestrogens cause your body to produce more estrogen (hormone). This estrogen then causes your body to increase fat tissue. The fat tissue, in turn, stores more estrogen and on and on it goes.
Now, guys might be thinking – estrogen is a female hormone, so this doesn’t apply to me… right? Wrong! Men might not have as much estrogen as women, but they do have it. What’s more, when male estrogen levels become too high, there is an even greater likelihood of it leading to chronic health conditions.
So, whether you’re a gal or a guy, xenoestrogens can wreak havoc in your body… if you let them. Which brings us to our veggies.
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Fat fighting veggies
Now you know why you’re storing abdominal fat, you’re probably wondering what class of vegetables will help you combat the flab. The answer is… cruciferous vegetables.
Some of the more popular ones are:
- Brussel sprouts
- bok choy
- collard greens
These vegetables contain phytonutrients, such as indole-3-carbinol that help to counter the harmful effects caused by xenoestrogens. Of course, they are also a rich source of fiber and vitamins.
Health agencies actually recommend that you eat multiple servings of cruciferous vegetables per week. Not only do they help combat estrogen imbalance and help get rid of stubborn belly fat, they are also thought to help lower the risk of getting cancer.
The best way to retain the phytonutrients that make these vegetables so special, is by eating them raw or lightly steaming them. You don’t want them cooked to snot, but nice and crunchy.
Long story short…. eat your veggies!
Now you know what type of vegetables should regularly find their way onto your plate, you should also know which foods are causing you to pack on unwanted abdominal fat. In our article ‘Top 10 Foods To Avoid For A Flat Belly‘ you’ll find some of the worst foods you can eat if you’re looking get rid of excess fat.