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Five Foods that Cause Belly Fat

newbeauty logoOriginal Article by Liz Ritter. When you’re contemplating getting a CoolSculpting treament or have already received a treatment, it’s important to eat healthy. This list of five foods from NewBeauty.com points us in the direction of foods we should avoid if we don’t want belly fat. And I think it’s safe to say that’s all of us.

Is the war on belly fat leaving you feeling like you are always in a losing battle? “Belly fat is something you have a lot more control over than you realize,” says Traci D. Mitchell, nationally recognized health and fitness coach, and author of The Belly Burn Plan.

“And the foods you should eat are as important as the foods you should avoid when it comes to offloading weight, particularly through your midsection.” Here are Mitchell’s five big food offenders that you should steer clear of to banish belly fat from your body.

Just Eating Egg Whites

Egg whites aren’t inherently bad, but avoiding the healthy fat, vitamins and minerals in egg yolks shortchanges you on all the benefits this food offers. More importantly, when people go out of their way to avoid whole eggs, they often do it to avoid fat. Avoiding fat is probably one of the biggest mistakes someone with belly fat can make. Eating a little more fat helps to regulate blood sugar levels and therefore insulin, both of which, when unruly, are signs that belly fat will be a problem. Instead, eat the whole egg. In fact, eat a couple. Your body and belly will thank you!

Low-Fat Flavored Yogurt

Yogurt is another food that in its plain, full-fat form is pretty healthy. But, through the manipulation of chemicals, sugar and an incredible amount of processing, that once-healthy yogurt has become a hotbed of trouble for our bodies. Whether it’s conventional or organic, fruit-flavored yogurt often contains as much as 9 teaspoons of sugar per serving. If the sugar isn’t there, then artificial sweeteners, like aspartame and sucralose, are there to take its place. Just like someone with belly fat needs a little more dietary fat, they also usually need to avoid sugar.

Quick fix: Grab a container of plain yogurt and dress it up with walnuts, cinnamon, chia seeds or fresh berries.

Energy Bars

Like low-fat flavored yogurt, many energy bars have anywhere between 4 and 10 teaspoons of sugar per bar—and there is nothing healthy about eating that much. When we eat this much sugar, especially if it isn’t buffered by protein or fat, we end up hungry a short time later. This hunger, usually triggered by a quick rise and fall in blood sugar levels, calls on insulin to help balance things out. In this case, think of insulin as your “fat storage hormone.”

Single-Serving Oats

You might think that you’re better off eating a single-serving packet of oats because it will help you control your portions better, but it does you no good if that portion is laden with sugar. Many single-serving packets of oats contain 4 to 5 teaspoons of sugar per serving. They’re also pretty low on protein and fat, too.

Smoothies

Mitchell says this is one food category that she has a love/hate relationship with. “I love them when I can make them at home on a warm summer morning, but I hate them when I see people lined up to order a 16 ounce beverage that contains upward of 15 teaspoons of sugar per serving.”

Quick fix: Use ingredients like avocado, spinach, gelatin or chia seeds.

Bottom line: Above all, when it comes to getting rid of belly fat, focus on the quality of what you’re eating. If you’re eating processed or packaged foods often, be aware of added sugar. Finally, don’t be afraid of fat or protein. They help keep you full and keep blood sugar levels on an even keel.

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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