Hint: They’re not what you think.
America keeps on growing…not just in population but also in body fat! There are very good reasons why Americans are getting fatter, even though there are more diet and fitness resources available than ever before. You’re about to find out those reasons.
FACT: One-third of American adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, obesity-related health issues kill approximately 300,000 people every year.
While many of us may not be “clinically obese”—a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater signifies obesity. And unwanted body fat seems to plague most of us—be it on the belly, thighs or buttocks. A BMI of between 25-30 indicates “overweight” and increases your risk of weight-related health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.
Can Shedding Fat Really Be This Easy?
Losing your excess body fat and weight can be daunting…especially with the overwhelming barrage of conflicting weight loss tips, tricks and scams that flood the media. These often do nothing but lure innocent hopefuls away from simple, healthy lifestyle changes…and toward extreme diets and exercise fads.
What most people don’t know, however, is that losing unwanted pounds—especially around the belly—can be achieved easily by eating foods that burn belly fat and avoiding food chemicals that cause fat.
Who Knew Dark Chocolate Could Boost Your Metabolism…and Burn Belly Fat?
Losing excess fat and weight doesn’t mean you have to say no to pizza, sweets or other indulgences. Dark chocolate is a particularly delightful fat-burning treat. While milk chocolate has very little nutritional value and packs on the pounds, dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and rates low on the glycemic food index.
What does all this mean to your body?
Low glycemic foods digest slowly and help stabilize blood sugar levels, thereby suppressing appetite by promoting a fuller feeling, faster. A recent study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry affirmed that the polyphenols in dark chocolate restrict the enzymes needed for fat and carbohydrate digestion, which in turn boosts metabolism because more energy is required for digestion.
Depending on the chocolate manufacturer’s standards, dark chocolate can retain up to 95% of its flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants. Therefore, in addition to burning fat, dark chocolate could also fight the harmful free radicals that cause premature aging, heart disease and other diseases.
A daily dose of dark chocolate increases HDL (good) cholesterol and decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol. Dark chocolate is also referred to as the “feel good” food. Researchers have found that this is because eating chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins…which are chemicals that make us feel good.
The key to shedding excess fat and weight is, of course, moderation. Keep in mind that even though dark chocolate is a fat-burning delicacy, it’s still high in calories. A good guideline is to consume 50 grams or less a day, and choose a bar with a cocoa content of 75% or higher.
Fattening Chemicals and Additives Are Hiding in Your Food!
Dark chocolate is only one of the many foods that burn belly fat that can significantly help you fight the “battle of the bulge.” Read on and you’ll discover other foods that make your body a fat-burning furnace and burn belly fat.
However, adding foods that burn belly fat to your diet without removing the food chemicals that cause fat is counterproductive to your fat loss goals. You may not know this…but a major part of the American diet contains chemicals and additives that sabotage your fat-burning objectives.
One of these additives is what’s referred to as refined or “stripped” carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are items such as flour…white rice…enriched white flour…maltodextrin …glucose…high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar. They are referred to as stripped carbohydrates because they have essentially been “stripped” of any and all nutritional value.
They add only empty calories to our diets, and are major contributing factors of heart, pancreas, kidney and liver disease—and have been linked to conditions such as allergies, depression, diabetes and hyperactivity.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that refined sugars—a type of stripped carbohydrate—comprise 16% of the average American’s diet!
Refining or processing carbohydrates is an industrial farming technique that has only been implemented in the last 200 years. Altering the structure of carbohydrates in this manner not only removes the healthy fiber and B vitamins in them, but also brings severe consequences to our health…and our weight!
Stripped carbohydrates, having already been somewhat broken down, are easier to digest and are, therefore, absorbed quickly by the bloodstream. Easy absorption causes your blood sugar to rise, releasing high levels of insulin. This insulin then converts sugar into stored fat instead of energy, thereby causing unwanted and unnecessary weight gain.
Furthermore, as carbohydrates are turned to fat, your insulin, cholesterol and triglyceride levels also skyrocket as a result.
Achieving your fat loss goals does not have to be complicated and frustrating. In this article, you’ve learned about one powerful fat-burning food (dark chocolate), and one food additive that makes you fat (stripped carbohydrates).
To discover 3 more powerful foods that burn belly fat that you can eat …and 7 more food additives to avoid so as not to cause unwanted body fat to accumulate in your body— especially around the belly —watch this must-see informational video.
The artificial preservatives and chemicals lurking in your kitchen cabinet— disguised as “healthy” foods, but actually make you fat—will shock you!