There are two types of fiber. The first type is soluble fiber which dissolves in water during digestion. It slows down the process of digestion helping you feel full faster and for a longer time period which is great for weight loss*. The second kind is insoluble fiber which doesn’t dissolve in water but produces a laxative effect. It helps improve* digestive health and prevent constipation. Studies found that there is a direct link between eating fiber and visceral fat. People who consumed less fiber tend to have more visceral fat.
Eat the skin on your fruits and vegetables. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet adds fiber, but only if you eat the skin, as that’s where most of the fiber is. Don’t peel those apples before you eat them.
Appetite hormones, including ghrelin and leptin, control how hungry or satisfied we feel before, after and between eating. Eating chemically altered foods (which spike cravings), repeat yo-yo dieting, crash dieting, genetic factors and stress can all interfere with appetite regulation.
Researchers have been long studying the role that your gut flora plays in different areas of health, including weight management. Studies actually suggest that there’s a positive-feedback loop between the foods you crave and the composition of the microbiota in your gut. According to the source article:
Limit your use of saturated fats. Saturated fats to avoid are found in meats and high-fat dairy products such as cheese, milk (and cream), and butter. Some plant-based oils, such as palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil, also contain high levels of saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats are a better alternative. Polyunsaturated fats are found in many nuts, seeds, avocados, and some fish.
Stay motivated. Often times, people lose motivation to stick with a diet or an exercise routine. Finding a reason to stay motivated beyond belly fat goals, like overcoming a genetic predisposition to excess body weight or working toward fitting into your favorite article of clothing again, can help you stay motivated to meet your fitness and lifestyle goals.
Mike, I’m new and this is my first cutting session before I start bulking for the first time. I’m still at around 13-14% body fat. Should the contents of this article be something I should be considering yet? Or is this information mainly for men at 10% or below who are trying to lose that last bit of fat? From what I’ve read in your book, I should be at my goal size before considering dropping below 10% fat – which could be quite a while.
“Research continues to show that enjoying soup before a meal reduces the total caloric load of that meal, which can help banish belly fat,” says Julieanna Hever, author of The Vegiterranean Diet. “Filling up on high-fiber foods like a low-calorie soup is so satisfying that you end up eating less overall, thereby reducing weight.”
Hi!! So I’m a 5’7, 133pounds woman with around 19-20%bf, trying to get leaner. I lift and do cardio 6x a week (4sessions of hiit and 1-2 of steady state) I used to be in a deficit for very long periods of time (around 1400-1600cals a day) for like a year straight, seeing no change basically and being not that strict with my numbers but always staying in that range. Then I reversed diet up to maintenance which is like 1950, stayed there for a week and then started to cut, so I cut my cals back to my 156g of P, 130g of C and 30-35g of fat. The reverse diet went very well, i didn’t gain fat. But in the cut im not seeing much difference, i think maybe I was too lose with my tracking or had some hidden calories or something. But im already 7 weeks in and im feeling the effects im vert very hungry and tired and my workouts aren’t the same so I need to revere back to maintenance but i want to continue to cut. and reverse diet takes like 6 weeks .what should i do?
Yes you definitely still need to plan/track macro intake when carb cycling. I’ll be talking more about it in my next book as it’s kind of an “advanced” dietary strategy. It’s not entirely necessary IMO.
I am an early bird so I start working out at 06:30 AM. It usually takes 35 mins for lifting. I do HIIT run on the treadmill for at least 25 mins after lifting (I only have an hour before work). So it is 4 days of lifting + cardio and 1 cardio only day. I take weekends off.
Hey Mike, what is the clear cut difference between Phoenix and Forge? Also if you do like a mini faste at the middle of the day (from Lunch to HIIT), don’t you have a lot of macros to catch up on from 6-7 pm when you’re done with working out?
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Trim back on your daily carbs by having eggs for breakfast, making your sandwich open-faced with only one slice of bread, and packing protein-rich snacks such as turkey slices, low-fat string cheese, seeds, and nuts. (Try these Luscious Low-Carb Desserts.)
Reducing carbs is okay for some short periods, but the classic low carb diet doesn’t work, trust me. You may lose fat at the beginning, but it’s proven that people on a low carb diet gained fat again immediately after.
Berries are great fat-fighting foods. Science proves that these stop fat cells from getting bigger. These also help fat cells in producing ‘adiponectin’, a hormone that helps reduce inflammation while lowering blood sugar.
You need to detoxify your liver because a stressed liver cannot metabolize fat effectively and which gets deposited around your waistline. Lemon water excellently increases enzymes that detoxify your liver so that it may carry out its basic functions efficiently.