Working out at the gym or home can help anyone get into shape, but that is not the only way to get fit. Some foods promote belly fat loss and weight loss. These foods present a stress-free, cost-efficient way to burn belly fat and support fitness.
The food you eat is directly responsible for many of your body’s actions, including weight gain and loss. Some foods lead to weight gain, and some foods help with weight loss. We’ve gone a step further to make a more specific list of natural, everyday foods that can help you lose those chunks of fat around your belly.
Before we get started, did you know that too much weight loss is unhealthy? Read about Unhealthy weight loss to get the full gist to ensure you’re not doing too much. All right, back to our list.
Not only do they taste nice, but a 2013 study showed that steady avocado consumption is also linked to lower waist circumference and Body Mass Index (BMI). Avocados contain what’s called mono-saturated fats. These fats are not stored around your stomach as they do not increase your blood sugar.
They’re also good for your heart and help keep you full, so you don’t even feel the need to snack on other foods, making your dieting goals that much easier.
Bananas are rich in potassium, containing about 422 milligrams of the mineral. Potassium is excellent for combating bloating by offsetting the effects of sodium in your body. Slice it into a fruit salad or add it into your cereal; eat a banana a day for optimal effect.
Yogurt contains probiotics. Probiotics are bacteria that are good for you. When you drink Yogurt, the ‘good’ bacteria it has helps regulate your gut, fighting off other bacteria in your throat that cause bloating.
Yogurt also helps to boost your immune system, and its best quality is that it tastes good. So you’re better off with some yogurt than a can of soda.
Berries contain antioxidants that enhance blood flow, increasing the supply of oxygen to your muscles. Raspberries and Blueberries are especially suited to our belly fat loss goal, both containing high levels of fiber and water, which are very filling. Berries are sweet, satisfying, and healthy.
Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, tangerines, etc. – Citrus fruits are great at burning belly fat and delicious. The vitamin C in these fruits can help burn 30% more fat during exercises. They also contain potassium and antioxidants, which attack bloating and inflammation (which is linked to belly-fat accumulation) respectfully.
6. Whole grains
Whole grains contain a lot of fiber which maintains blood sugar and keep insulin levels low, reducing fat cells in the process. Refined grains are not great for weight loss, as those have been linked with increased belly fat. Pure grains are great at fighting bloating.
Foods like oatmeal and brown rice are especially great for reducing belly fat. Oats, in particular, contain a special fiber called beta-glucans, which has numerous benefits, such as boosting your immune system and regulating blood sugar levels. It also helps you feel full, helping you maintain a healthy diet.
Salmon and Tuna are excellent sources of protein. They contain some healthy fats that can help you reach your goal faster. They’re loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein, which battle inflammation and keep you full, making it easier to avoid unhealthy snacks.
8. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants that stabilize blood sugar and reduce insulin; this prevents calories from turning into belly fat. Potatoes, in general, are low in calories and are a great source of potassium, which, as we earlier mentioned, are great at policing bloating.
Potatoes are also rich in fiber, making them full of nutrients. However, processed foods like French fries are not the best way to enjoy these benefits.
Eggs are low in calories and rich in many other nutrients. Proteins (eggs included) are filling and can hold your stomach for a long time; they also boost metabolism.
Whether you like omelets or hard-boiled eggs, get eggs into your diet in whichever form you want it.
Perhaps the only food on our list with a recognized mascot, Popeye, the sailor. He was mean, he was lean, and he had no belly fat. Also, he ate a lot of Spinach, and for a good reason. Spinach is packed with potassium, the bloat fighting mineral.
Like Yoghurt, Spinach encourages the growth of good gut bacteria, which again helps to fight inflammation. They also contain Omega-3s which aid the fat loss process. All in all, Spinach would be a great addition to your diet plan.
Apples already have an excellent reputation as a healthy fruit, and it’s well deserved. Sweet and pretty, apples are proven to deal with excess fat. Apple skins contain ursolic acid, which increases muscle mass and also brown fat. Brown fat helps flatten your belly.
While we don’t expect you to live solely on these 11 foods, you should increase their consumption while simultaneously reducing your consumption of belly-fat-creating foods so that they don’t counteract the effects of the foods on this list.
Some things you should avoid or at least cut back on include alcohol, late-night snacking, and stress.
Keep in mind that losing belly fat isn’t merely an aesthetic goal. Excessive belly fat can be harmful to your health and cause type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, take this food list seriously, improve your diet and feel your belly fat burn off. Look good and feel good too!
Dieting works best when paired with exercise. If you’d like to burn fat off other areas and perhaps build a bit of muscle, then read this; How to reduce belly fat: 8 exercises that work.