So you want to lose stomach fat? And you want to lose it fast. Well here’s an easy and simple way to accelerate your fat loss. . .
Eat a salad every day for lunch.
Salad For Fat Loss…
I know it’s not rocket science, and you may have even heard it before, but having a salad for lunch every day has proven effective for myself and my clients.
But let’s be clear about this salad… First make your base a green leafy vegetable. My personal preference is raw spinach. But your “spring mix” variety of lettuce works fine. As does romaine. As does kale if you are so inclined. I recommend you stay away from iceberg, not because it will hinder your simple diet plan, but because there are so many better choices from a nutrient standpoint.
Next add plenty of other vegetables. My personal favorites are asparagus, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and red peppers. But really any raw vegetables of your liking will do. Fruit can also bring a nice taste twist to the mix. I’ll sometimes include a little pineapple, sliced apples, or black berries in my salad.
To complete the salad, add a protein source. Grilled chicken and steak are what I use most often. But lean pork, hard boiled eggs, fish, or even shrimp could also work. You may also want to add some nuts (I like slivered almonds) or even some raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds to your salad. And of course you’ll want some dressing. . .
The only salad dressing I approve of is homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It’s simple to make and tastes great. Just blend 3 parts extra virgin olive oil with 1 part balsamic vinaigrette and spices of your choice. I make a large batch and store mine at room temperature. I also use it as marinade for chicken and steak.
Other salad dressings should be avoided in my opinion. Either they are too high in calories or full of chemical junk that you don’t want to put into your body. Stick with the homemade stuff and you always know exactly what the ingredients are.
Also steer clear of putting cheese in your salad, skip the croutons, and unless you cooked ’em yourself – forget the bacon bits.
There ya go – a simple change that will easily help you to lose body fat quickly and get a lean stomach..!
What are some of your favorite salad combinations?
Any other healthy dressing recipes to share?
Let me know in the comments below.
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Vic, Makes sense – but I think you should have said the only salad dressing you approved of was a homemade vinaigrette (who cares if you use balsamic or some other – red wine, white wine, etc – vinegar). Also, I like to add a bit of dijon mustard to help emulsify the dressing. I think it’s key.
I totally agree with you on the salad front and this is a key part of my own diet. Personally I love variety so my base is mixed salad leaves – rocket, lettuce etc.
I then add chopped red peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions and so on to really offer a range of colors, textures and flavors.
Then I top it off with some grilled mushrooms, chopped lean turkey bacon, lean ham or some hard boiled egg.
Including the protein source helps to keep me full till dinner and I really look forward to my salads now I put the effort into really producing tasty salads.
BTW doing your eggs soft-boiled so you get a runny yolk can be a great way to add moisture and flavor to a salad.
No carbs? i. e. no potatoes? no bread? no cold pasta? etc.
Getting lean is about saying goodbye to grains, pastas, and non-rich mineral roots (i.e., russet potato). It’s all about meat and vegetables.
Another great post Vic.
Hey Vic and guys, what’s your opinion on preparing a salad in the morning and keeping it in a plastic container before eating it at lunch? Will the freshness be compromised? I normally add spinach, broccoli, strips of chicken breast, tomatoes, 10 almonds and cashews, raisins and a Chinese mushroom to it.
On Thursday, I brought my lunch of a spinach salad with red peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and grilled chicken to my temp job. I put it in the work refrigerator. I got sent home 10 minutes into my shift because they didn’t have work. I left the salad in the fridge and came back Friday. I ate the salad on Friday with no problem.
I guess that was a long way to say that in my experience you’ll have no problem with prepping your salad in the morning and eating it at lunch. Try it!
what about mashed avocado for dressing? some lemon juice and zest? crushed dried chili pepper? other spices like green onion, garlic, or ginger?
Everything you mentioned sounds great to me!
Hey Vic, I like the Spring Mix and I add green onions and red onions to all my salads. You can also add mustard to your dressing for more variety in taste or to add flavor. I haven’t tried steak with my salad although I like to get the Thai BBQ salad with steak whenever I go to a Thai Restaurant.
Great article! Simple but very useful.
Thanks, Anna. Yes, many mustard varieties would work great. Thanks again!
yo, check out the recipe on the side of the jar of BRAGGS apple cider vinegar. just 86 the honey and it is pretty damn good.
Thanks, Liam. I’ll check it out!
Summer is coming and we can all live happily off salads and bbqs! Can’t wait.
Well actually I am lucky to have a good quality salad bar at work so for lunch each day I get a huge salad bowl all for just £1.25! There are often some health sins on offer such as noodle or rice based salads but as you suggest Vic, I always go with a good salad base.
I see butternut squash, sweet potato and aubergine as a great way of adding some healthier carbs into your salad if you need the energy!
Seeds: I love pumpkin, sunflower and alfalfa seeds as a salad sprinkle.
Sweet ingredients: Since summer is coming, I think sometimes red grapes, mango pieces or pineapple even can add a nice variation to your salad!
I have been laughed at by more foolish male colleagues for eating a salad (whilst they have their fish and chips)…if only they knew the benfits.
Haha! Let them laugh! And I have to try some mango in my salad – that sounds delicious!
Great advice Vic! I am definitely going to do this daily.
Enjoy those salads! 🙂
What types of spices do you mix with the Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar? Just curious as to what you use so I can try it
I use an Italian seasoning blend that has oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, and sage. I also usually throw in some minced garlic. Yum!
Sound good Vic. I am going to try the “salad for lunch” thing for my next week of my fat loss quest. As a wise man once said, “Test and track, test and track!” 🙂
You know it, man! Gotta test and track. 🙂
hey vic, the salad sounds great. for us vegetarians we can use tofu or tempeh for protein rite?
If you are a vegetarian, the soy based protein sources will be ok.