Food-Switch Plan To Build Muscles, Not Belly Fat
We all want that lean, muscular physique, but losing pesky belly fat and building muscle is always more easily said than done. It does not have to be complicated, however. Trading that extra pooch for a healthy punch starts with an understanding of where the fat comes from and what your body needs to build muscle.
Unlike subcutaneous fat that lies directly below the skin’s surface, protecting organs and tissues, visceral fat sits deep beneath the muscles in your stomach, creating stubborn belly fat. To prevent dangerous fat build-up, the body attempts to tell us when to eat and when we are full, but all too often we ignore the signals. When this happens our bodies store the excess fats as visceral fat, and our body rapidly converts the excess glucose, such as refined processed carbohydrates, into simple sugars that enter the bloodstream and trigger large releases of insulin. The result is usually weight gain, sugar cravings, and hunger which lead to overeating and more weight gain.
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Research shows, however, that we can break this vicious cycle by changing which fats we ingest. While the body stores saturated fats and carbohydrates as visceral fat, it uses unsaturated fats containing necessary amino acids and essential fatty acids to boost muscle recovery and build new muscle tissue. New research also shows that fat intake of healthy fats such as those found in avocados, nuts and seeds, olive oil, beans, yogurt, and chickpeas may actually help you stay lean when gaining muscle.
It sounds too simple to be true, but now that you know what your body does with the saturated fats you ingest, it makes sense that a simple swap could work wonders. Exchanging those unhealthy saturated fats for healthy unsaturated fats gives your body what it needs to burn off the stored fat, lose weight, and build that lean muscle that gives us the healthy physique we have all been looking for.
Please follow these links to learn more about the way your body gains and stores fat, and ways that unsaturated fats help your muscles recover and grow.