Meals to get lean are a critical part of your fat burning regimen. Imagine what it would mean if you could know the foods that either helped or hindered your weight loss process! Did you know that there are specific groups of foods that can help you get lean? If you knew what these unique foods were that helped you to gain muscle you could simply include them in your meals to reach your goal faster. They do exist and stimulate the abdominal fat burning process. Note these tips to add to your fat loss diet arsenal.
These foods are a specific group of vegetables that contain ingredients called phytonutrients. To find out what phytonutrients are and how they can help you burn fat and get lean keep reading.
Chemicals that Contribute to Belly Fat Storage
There are certain chemicals in our environment and our food industry that can actually react with your hormones to cause your body to store excess abdominal fat. These harmful chemicals are called xenoestrogens. They are chemicals found in herbicides, pesticides, household cleaners, plastics, cosmetics and petrochemicals. Petrochemicals are made from natural gas and crude oil and are used in the production of things you use every day. They include:
- plastic bottles (used in food industry, household)
- fabric for the clothes we wear
- automobiles tires
- women's cosmetics
- fertilizers that grow our food crops
So, all around you are things working to make your body unhealthy and fat! Unfortunately it would be hard for us to avoid them. From the word you can see their connection to estrogen. They have a negative estrogenic effect in your body. Excessive exposure to these disable your hormone balance in both men and women causing your body to hold fat. But here is where the phytonutrients can come to your rescue.
Vegetables to include in Your Meals to Get Lean
Phytonutrients are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. It's believed that there are thousands of different phytonutrients. By including phytonutrients in your weight loss diet they will protect you against these dangerous xenoestrogens.
One unique group of phytonutrients or plant nutrient is Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) found in
- brussel sprouts
- cauliflower (cruciferous vegetable)
- mustard greens
- bok choy and
These will help you fight against these dangerous estrogenic compounds that tend to allow your body to hold on to unwanted belly fat. So there goes a great reason to eat your veggies, like mother said.
I just added brussel sprouts to my meal plan. I sautee them with garlic and olive oil which are also phytonutrients in themselves. Not bad at all. I could really grow to like these!