Part II of “Photoshop That Armpit Fat, Please!”
Did you catch last week’s post on what to do about the fat question?
If not, go to it and come back here: Three Ways to Lose Armpit, Back and Belly Fat .
So you got your mindset (letting go) and workouts ready.
Now it’s time for food. You can do all the push ups in the world, but if you are snacking on salt and vinegar potato chips at work or eating the after-dinner icecream, then that stubborn fat we talked about last week won’t budge.
Even if you eat pretty clean, you really need to have the exercise and mindset pieces in place. So let’s look at this holistically.
Here are the best fat burning foods you need to be putting into your body:
1. Hot peppers: Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional fluff. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers.
Ole Black Bean Salad
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and mashed
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bunch romaine lettuce (1 cup), chopped
½ cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 hot chili pepper, seeded and chopped
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
In a large bowl, mix avocado, cilantro, and lime juice until combined. Add beans, lettuce, tomatoes, pepper, and pumpkin seeds. Toss and serve. Serves 1-2.
2. Grapefruit: A flavonoid found in grapefruit genetically reprograms the liver to burn excess fat from food, rather than storing it. And the compound, called naringenin, corrects a number of the metabolic irregularities increasingly held responsible for obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Minty Grapefruit Juice
Juice up these ingredients: 2 medium sized grapefruit, pitted and peeled + handful of mint leaves (1 Tbsp). Makes approximately 16 oz.
*If this juice is too sweet, dilute with 2 ounces of filtered water.
3. Lentils: Lentils are rich in protein and loaded with soluble fiber, which helps balance blood cholesterol levels, and insoluble fiber to keep you feeling full. That way your metabolism stays boosted and more fat is burned instead of stored. High fiber foods slow down the digestion of other foods and glucose, which keeps your blood sugar levels more stable. Although fiber cannot be digested, it gives you a full, satisfying feeling, which helps you eat less calories.
½ cup dry red lentils
½ cup carrots, diced
¼ cup red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups of vegetable broth
½ cup celery, diced
Sea salt and pepper
1-2 cups mixed greens
In a pan, combine lentils, carrots, onion, and garlic. Add vegetable broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Drain lentils and vegetables. Add lemon juice, celery and a dash of salt and pepper.
Serve over mixed greens.
Remember, it’s not about losing weight to get skinny. We don’t want any “skinny fat” stuff here. It’s all about being sexy, strong, and confident. As women we want to look and feel good so start with my tips and let me know how it goes.
What recipe will you try?
PS. If you need even more fat-shedding ideas and recipes, check this out: 3 Recipes That Help Bust Flab
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Photo credits: Ole Black Bean~Heather Haffner, Grapefruit Juice~Jen Farley, and Lentil Salad~Colleen Hindsley