1) Drink Water After Each Meal, (but not during)
When you drink water with meals, you dilute the hydrochloric acid that lines your stomach, which leads to improper digestion (or indigestion).
Proper digestion is essential for your body to extract the vitamins and nutrients out of the food you eat.
If you can’t digest it, you can’t use it. Where does that leave it?
If you are used to sipping on water with your meals and think that skipping water sounds incredibly hard, but as you’ll see it’s anything but.
I used to think that too but it’s actually quite easy. Just decide to not have any water with the meal. Most fruits/veggies and carbohydrate foods contain plenty of water, and your body easily absorbs the water found in food.
When you eat, don’t have any water even close to you. Rather, leave it in the fridge.
A great big bonus is that a glass of ice-cold water tastes amazing after a meal.
Be sure to wait at least 30-45 minutes before drinking water rafter eating as you want to allow some time for digestion. Drinking water too soon after eating will cause a dilution of hydrochloric acid that interferes with proper nutrient digestion.
2) Exercise Before Eating a Cheat Meal
The #1 single time of day that you can get away with eating the most and the worst food is after a workout.
That’s because high sugar and high carbohydrate meals cause an insulin spike, which any other time during the day can lead to fat gain, but after a workout the insulin spike can accelerate to muscle recovery and will not have a negative impact on your waistline (belly fat storage).
It’s best to get a full workout in at the gym, and then go home and eat a cheat meal an hour later.
If going to the gym is not in the cards for you, then you can drop and do 50 or so pushups, 40 body squats, pull-ups, chin-ups, or triceps wall extensions. Finish your workout by doing at least 30 minutes of jogging outside or 15-20 short burst hill-sprints.
3) Read Food Labels
Avoid any foods with the words: soy, hydrogenated, vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, extract, gluten, preservative, aspartame, and Mono-Sodium Glutamate (this will probably hide under “natural flavoring” or Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein).
In fact, you should strive to avoid anything with more than 4 or 5 ingredients. Say no to Frankenfoods whose ingredients list reads like a book.
You should always avoid packaged processed foods although sometimes you want some salsa or some soup or something. Check the labels for the best choice. As a fun game, next time you go to the grocery store just try and find 4 items without those nasty ingredients!
You may be amazed at what you’ve been eating this whole time.
4) Eat High Carb/Low-Fat or High Fat/Low Carb
To limit belly fat accumulation you should either limit fat consumption or carb consumption. That means if one day you want to eat more carbohydrates, then just simply reduce your fat intake.
If you’re eating high fat that day lower your carb intake. It doesn’t have to be down to zero, just lower it.