How Can a Diet Rich in Whole Grains Help You Lose Belly Fat?
January 26 2015
Celebrate a Healthier Lifestyle (and leaner midsection!)
A diet rich in whole-grains will help you lose more body fat from the lower abdomen than one containing refined grains such as white bread, pasta, or rice, especially if combined with a structured weight management program, claims a major study by the American Dietetic Association.
Whole grains are rich in fiber, allowing the body to keep a healthy lower bowel system and stay regular. This is an important factor alongside a weight loss program, since some dietary changes can constipate the system, causing stress. Stress is a major component for weight gain, especially in the belly and midsection.
Why Whole Grains Vs. Refined Grains?
Refined Grains are artificially processed, rather than naturally processed by your own digestive system. This grain processing in the body is important for your body because the very function of digesting keeps your system clean and allows the body to benefit from the natural proteins and enzymes in the grain.
Are All Whole Grains Equal?
No! In fact, many people think of the word "grain" and think "brown rice". But in fact, rice has little nutritional value compared to others. Quinoa, for example, breaks down very slowly, requiring much more body processing, and has significantly more protein. Quinoa, an ancient ingredient, is now showing up on more and more menus across the US in delightful presentations, and can be enjoyed warm or cold. Here is a list of other alternative grains worth exploring that may come to mind first:
- Whole wheat
- Whole oats/oatmeal
- Whole rye
- Wild rice
- Whole-grain barley
Supporting A Shrinking Tummy With Whole Grains
If you are focusing on belly fat loss, it can be attacked from several angles to enhance your results. First, by following healthy nutrition advice (such as swapping processed starches for whole grains) you will see a reduction overall in bloating, not to mention health benefits. Combine this health hike with exercise (at least 3 times weekly, we recommend 5 -45 minute sessions of sweating) to further shrink your waist, as well as strengthen your core. Next, focus on reducing overall stress, which is a significant cause of weight gain in the midsection. BalanceDiet 05 Stress Release blends a highly effect blend of essential and super healthy B-complex vitamins with Metafolin®, which is a water-soluble form of Vitamin B, folic acid (this helps its effective absorption by your body). When folic acid and complete B-complexes are taken along with whole grains, stress is naturally decreased and belly fat loss becomes less of challenge.Combine the three and you belly and entire midsection should begin shrinking in no time!