My Delicious Breakfast that Trims Belly Fat Quicker Than You Think…
If you want to pack on belly fat, here’s a foolproof way to do it: Just eat any version of the typical American breakfast.
It doesn’t matter which version. You could load up on bacon and eggs—which wouldn’t add much belly fat, incidentally—but that comes with hash browns and toast and probably a glass of orange juice, a totally lethal combo if you’re trying to trim your waist.
Or you could do the utterly idiotic “low-fat” breakfast so popular in the 80’s: Orange juice, whole wheat toast, special K or Wheaties, skim milk and a banana.
That’ll just about guarantee a surge of the fat storage hormone insulin, and a crash of blood sugar a couple of hours later to boot. (Which, by the way, is exactly why you’ll be starving at 11 and ready to kill for a bagel.)
Both are really, really bad news. Unless you like the idea of getting fat.
Which you don’t.
So what’s a good alternative? Glad you asked.
The Best Breakfast for Fat Burning…
One of my “go-to” breakfasts for eliminating belly fat is a high-protein shake. Protein revs up the metabolism and doesn’t have nearly the effect on insulin—that fat storage hormone we mentioned earlier—that carbs do.
I use a high-quality whey protein from grass-fed cows as that provides one of the cleanest, most powerful sources of protein on the planet.
For breakfast, I’ll mix the protein powder with either water or raw milk (still legal where I live). Then I’ll choose from an array of options similar to the “toppings” section at my local frozen yogurt parlor.
Any of the following—alone or in combination- is terrific:
1) A tablespoon of peanut butter: The fat blunts the impact of the shake on your blood sugar (and insulin levels) and the peanut butter is a delicious addition.
2) A tablespoon of oatmeal: The oatmeal adds some more fiber and some valuable beta-glucans, which help control blood sugar. Don’t do this if you’re sensitive to grains.
3) A cup of frozen berries: Blueberries are low in sugar and calories and loaded with antioxidants. Plus if you use them frozen, it makes your protein shake taste like a smoothie.
How to Super-Charge Your Breakfast Shake…
You can also throw in a raw egg or two Rocky-style.
Bodybuilders have been using raw eggs in their protein shakes since the days of Muscle Beach, as it’s one of nature’s most perfect foods and one of the highest rated protein sources on the planet.
Add These Two Secret Weapons and Voila, You’re Done…
After choosing one or more of my “extras” (see above), I make sure to add a heaping scoop of fiber.
Fiber not only maintains the health of the digestive tract, but it also reduces the risk of a number of diseases including heart disease and diabetes and even certain forms of cancer. It also keeps you—as my grandmother used to say—“regular.”
To top it off, I add one tablespoon of a flavored omega-3 fish oil. This is a delicious, non-fishy fish oil that tastes like a fruit compote, comes in amazing flavors like pina colada, mango-peach and lemon, and mixes perfectly with vanilla flavored whey protein.
It provides a nice dose of omega-3 fats which lower inflammation and benefit your health in a myriad of ways. And the fat will keep you fuller longer, adding to the time that this shake will keep you away from the office snack machine.
And by the way—this shake takes less than two minutes to prepare.
Why this Shake is Perfect for Trimming Ugly Belly Fat…
The reason this shake is perfect for trimming belly fat is simple: it won’t cause your fat STORING hormone, insulin, to rise.
When your blood sugar goes up quickly and stays there, insulin rises in response.
This effectively turns off the hormone glucagon, your fat BURNING hormone that has the exact opposite effect of insulin.
If you want to burn belly fat, you’ll want your fat-burning switch to be turned “on” and your glucagon to be flowing. So you want a breakfast that doesn’t send insulin levels skyrocketing. It’s that simple.
And Here’s the Recipe in Case You Were Wondering…
Here’s a sample recipe for my personal favorite “belly-fat eliminating” breakfast shake. Feel free to vary to taste.
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- 1 cup raw milk or purified water
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon oatmeal
- 1 raw egg (optional)
- 3 ice cubes (optional)
- 1 scoop fiber
- 1 tablespoon flavored fish oil
If you come up with some interesting variations, do let me know!
Meanwhile, be ready to be surprised at how good you feel, how much energy you have and how easy it is to start dropping waist sizes.
Jonny Bowden PhD, CNS
P.S. Early in this article I mentioned glucagon – a hormone you’ve probably NEVER heard of, but it’s the key to flipping on your internal fat burning switch.
Unfortunately, most of you reading this are eating 2 specific types of food that force glucagon into hiding and you start layering on fat uncontrollably.
Whenever I mention glucagon, I get asked a lot of questions, so I put together this funny little presentation that explains everything.
You’ll find out how it works and how you can trigger your body to produce more of it to turn you back into a fat BURNING machine as nature intended.
Like I said, there are 2 specific types of food that you should avoid at all costs, but there are also 5 specific types of food that you can eat that will keep the glucagon flowing…and your fat burning!