Who isn’t looking to shed a few pounds. Wherever you are on a fitness spectrum—couch potato or chiseling out your six pack—we bet you would like your physique a whole lot better if you were a little bit slimmer around the waistline. “Abs are made in the kitchen”, is a phrase you’ll often hear from fitness enthusiasts, and those words ring true. Let’s take a look at some of the foods that can help you burn belly fat and lose weight.
1. Greek Yogurt
We’ll kick off the list with Greek Yogurt. The probiotics are the claim to fame here, and that’s because, they achieve a three-fold benefit; they bolster your immunity, regulate GIT function and go a long way in preventing bloating.
2. Eat Nuts for Belly Fat
You should make it a point to include more nuts in your diet plan. According to a study in the Journal of American Heart Association, those who ate more nuts in between meals instead of carbohydrate-based snacks were found to have lost more belly fat at the end of the study period. The best part is, there are a whole variety of nuts depending on your taste preference—cashews, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, you name it!
3. Olive Oil
Aim to switch to Olive Oil when frying foods. This will help you get that satiated ‘full’ feeling, but at the same time help you trim a few pounds off your midriff.
4. Eggs to Lose Weight
Eggs, as part of a high-protein diet, have long since been associated with weight loss. You could even take out the cholesterol-rich yolk for added health benefits.
Fish, particularly fatty fish like mackerel and salmon have a plethora of benefits for your body. They’re loaded with lean proteins and Omega-3-fatty-acids that can aid in your weight-loss goals.
6. Whole Grains
Grains are the way to go, but we’re talking about WHOLE GRAINS, stay away from the processed stuff. One of the reasons whole grains are so good for you is, because they’re bursting with minerals that balance your salt levels to prevent bloating.
7. Leafy Vegetables
While on the topic of bloat-busters, we ought to mention leafy vegetables, and that’s, because the potassium they contain can counteract the sodium that gives rise to bloating. Keep that in mind next time you plan on passing on the vegetables. Bananas help achieve the same.
A study in 2013 concluded that regular eating of avocados resulted in a decrease in weight circumference and BMI in the study population. Avocados are arguably an acquired taste, but acquiring that taste could bring long term benefits.
9. Water for Weight Loss
This next one may seem a bit simple, but taking it adequate amounts of water, and we’re talking 7-10 glasses, could work wonders for weight loss, because H2O is a crucial ingredient for lipolysis, the process that breaks down fat cells in the body.
10. Green Tea
Green Tea is definitely a superfood for scorching fat, and that’s because it is known to speed up your metabolism, so the amount of fat you burn while simply resting goes up as well.
We’d be remiss without calling out some of the foods that are curtailing your weight-loss gains. Sugary drinks, especially soft drinks, add a ton of excess calories to your daily intact. Processed foods can do the same. Think of these more as anti-superfoods in your war against belly fat.
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