If you are concerned about belly fat, or any other fat on your body, here are 3 fat-storing meals you will want to avoid.
The three meals I’m discussing today have high calorie counts. Since your body will want to store the excess calories in the form of fat, you should avoid eating them on a regular basis.
If you choose to eat fat-burning food instead, it can help you reduce belly fat and contribute to weight loss.
In this blog, I’ve included 2 fat-burning meals you will want to add to your diet to help you reduce body fat. They will not only help you maintain an ideal body weight, but also give you extra vitamins and minerals to help you get and stay healthy.
Let’s get started with the 3 fat-storing meals to avoid.
Fat-storing meal #1: Fufu
Why is Fufu #1 on my fat-storing food list? The short answer is…it adds calories fast!
To understand why eating Fufu is a problem, let’s look at what Fufu is and how it is commonly eaten in West Africa and Nigeria.
Fufu is a byproduct of processed cassava. Cassava is mostly made of carbohydrates (78%). An average portion of cassava made into a wrap is about 200 calories.
When Fufu is eaten as a wrap, people often eat two or more at a time (double or triple the calories) and they eat it with soup (even more calories).
An average meal of two Fufu wraps combined with a traditional fatty soup could easily result in far too many calories for only one meal.
Fat-storing meal #2: Banga with edible cooked starch
Unfortunately, this favorite meal is a problem for anyone concerned with their body weight. It is a heavy in combination of fats and carbohydrates.
One problem is that the soup, Banga, is prepared using Palm nuts. The oil found in Palm nuts has 130 calories per tablespoon. That’s a lot of calories packed in one tablespoon! If you have a batch of Banga soup containing 10-15 tablespoons of Palm oil, you could be getting in excess of 1500 calories just from the Palm nuts. That doesn’t count the additional calories you’ll be getting from the other ingredients in the soup.
The other problem is the edible cooked starch eaten with Banga. It can easily contain 500 calories. Your whole meal could quickly go over 2000 calories. Not a good way to stay trim!
Fat-storing meal #3: Egusi and pounded yam
Here is another soup made with nut oil…this time peanut oil. In fact, the majority of the calories found in Egusi are from the fat calories found in the nuts.
While pounded yams have very few fat calories, they are high in carbohydrates. Pounded yam can quickly fill your allowed daily portion of carbohydrates.
Now you know why you should avoid these three fat-storing meals if you are worried about your weight. They are high in fats and carbohydrates that add up quickly to more than enough calories for one meal… or for one day.
If you want reach and maintain a healthy body weight, add these fat-burning meals to your diet. Don’t worry, they are delicious as well as healthy.
Fat-burning meal #1: Ewedu
This soup is only about 100 calories per serving, so it you can eat it as often as you want without worrying about the calories.
Ewedu is a popular soup made from a leafy vegetable, referred to in English as “jute”. Part of its appeal is its high nutrition value. Doctors prescribe it for maintaining healthy blood because it is rich in iron and calcium.
Another benefit of Ewedu is the antioxidants. Antioxidants help your skin look better by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and repairing sun damage.
Pair Ewedi with a meat dish for a low calorie meal.
Fat-burning meal #2: Oatmeal
Oatmeal is traditionally a breakfast meal, but it can be eaten at any time of the day. Add a little honey, fruit, or nuts to change the flavor. Add milk to change its texture. A warm bowl of oatmeal is always a great comfort food.
The health benefits of oatmeal go beyond its low fat, low calorie content. It is high in fiber, iron, and vitamin B. Oatmeal’s soluble fiber helps lower blood cholesterol and prevent diabetes and strokes.
I hope this helps you understand some of the differences between fat-storing and fat-burning meals. Best of luck as you reach for and maintain your ideal body weight!