Imagine foods high in whole grains helped you get rid of belly fat. And even obese people on the same calorie-controlled eating plan succeeded too.
This was the finding of a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Whole Grains Good, Refined Grains Bad
Apart from grains, the two groups ate the same foods. Both enjoyed two servings of lean meat, fish, or poultry, three servings of low-fat dairy and five servings of fruits and vegetables.
The only difference was one group consumed whole grains while the other stuck with refined ones. As you might expect, the group who ate whole grains lost more belly fat.
Whole Grains Make it Easier to Burn Fat
Naturally, eating plans rich in whole grains and low in refined carbohydrates change our blood sugar and insulin response. And this makes it easier to burn fat.
You’ll find this next point encouraging. It’s easier to get rid of belly fat than it is lose fat in other areas. This is especially true when there’s a lot of belly fat to burn.
Of course, people need to eat more fiber rich foods and lay off refined, empty calories like white bread. The reason why is low fiber, low nutrition foods trigger a chain of events which adds belly fat – and stores more of it.
How Refined Grains Keep People Fat
First, culprits like white bread spike our blood sugar levels. Then, they boost our insulin response. And chronic, overblown insulin responses make unwanted fat come piling on.
On the other hand, an eating plan long on whole grains raises your sensitivity to insulin. In turn, your body makes better use of blood sugar and shrinks its fat deposits.
Make the Gradual Shift to Whole Grains
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend we get half of our grain servings from whole grains.
At first, eating whole grains only may be tough. Instead, ease them in and work up to it. After all, whole grains are usually high in fiber. And fiber curbs your hunger for longer periods.
Begin to Get Rid of Belly Fat Safely
As you eat more whole grains, you’ll find it easier to start to move away from refined grains. And once you do, like the people in the study, you’ll enjoy success as you find you get rid of belly fat safely.