With all the indulging around the holidays, many of us are feeling out of sorts and our waistlines are thicker than we’d like. Performance and Industry nutrition expert Clark Bartram, who advises the International Sports Sciences Association, says eating the right foods can help you burn belly fat and get lean. And, for men, the right foods can also increase testosterone levels (low T levels in men can lead to muscle loss, low energy, and loss of sex drive).
Rather than get testosterone treatments or “legal steroids” (with frequent side effects), Bartram says, he advises men to “Let food be your medicine.” When a man turns 30, his testosterone levels can decrease by 1-2% a year. By the time he reaches his 40s and 50s, his testosterone production can be down to half of what it once was, according to Bartram.
“Half the testosterone production and double the belly fat – that’s not good,” he says. “That’s why it’s so important for us older men to start boosting our natural testosterone immediately.”
Clark Bartram’s testosterone boosting, belly fat burning chili is his meal of choice. He says that the fats in red meat as well as salmon and tuna boost testosterone. Other such good-for-you, testosterone-building foods include: almonds, garlic, eggs, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, avocados, bananas, watermelon, citrus fruit, grapes, and honey.
For Clark’s Super Chili, adding white button mushrooms are a key ingredient to blocking estrogen, the female version of testosterone. Estrogen can cause a man to bloat, develop breast tissue and store more fat around the waist. Rising estrogen levels also cause your belly fat to start producing a testosterone killing chemical that creates even more estrogen.
Clark’s Super Chili is wonderfully healthful for women too. And it’s delicious.
Recipe courtesy Clark Bartram TestMaxMeals.com
Clark Bartram’s Super Chili
2 lbs. ground beef (15% fat)
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 cup white button mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 can organic chopped tomatoes
1 jar organic tomato puree
2 tbs. chili powder
garlic to taste
pinch of salt
Sauté ground beef until it is brown.
Place meat into big pot and add all other ingredients.
Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes.