Is belly fat ruining your figure? And you don’t have the time to keep up at the gym? Then here is good news for you! If you are not overly overweight and just want to lose some belly fats, some diet modifications may help you to lose that “spare tires”.
According to recent studies, adding up the low calorie diet is the key to get a fat-free flat tummy. The assimilated belly fat around the mid-part of your body does not only ruin your figure but also increases the risks of stroke, diabetes, high blood-pressure, kidney and liver failure, and heart diseases. Reducing belly fat should be your major concern to ensure both your beauty and health.
Of all the accumulated fats in our body, belly fats are the most stubborn and harmful. Belly fats (a.k.a. visceral fats) are where our body stores toxins and they are formed around your vital organs. Your diet chart should consist of these foods which will help you to cut off those calories without weakening your health and provide the necessary nutrients that heal, rather than harm—like slimming pills.
Here are suggestions of the top 7 foods you can eat on a regular basis to help you achieve your goal of reduced belly fat.
Oats are gluten-free, is generally safe for most people and is a healthy choice for breakfast to start off the day. Oats are rich in soluble fiber, helps keep a healthy digestive tract, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol level. Even individuals with skin problems will benefit from eating oats daily. It encourages regular bowel movements that will gradually reduce the size of your belly.
When you feel like munching, reach for tasty roasted almonds instead of that packet of chips. Almonds will help you to maintain a very low calorie diet. They don’t contain harmful fats, only health-promoting fats—monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—the same type of fats found in olive oil.
Recently, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition pointed out that both these types of fats satisfies the cells and help prevent overeating. Eating almonds regularly is helpful for lowering the risks of heart diseases. Almonds have a high level of magnesium that is needed to build muscle. The more muscles you have, the more belly fats you burn.
3. Melons: Watermelon and Cucumber
Watermelon and cucumber are foods rich in hydration minerals. Eating or drinking watermelon juice helps to reduce water retention that most people with belly fat may have. Eating a melon or drinking of its juice before your meal fills you up with very low calories, is cleansing to your detox organs and encourage elimination of toxins.
For this reason The American Dietetic Association has declared watermelon as a perfect ingredient to reduce the belly fat. A recent research of the University of Kentucky suggests that if you drank two glasses of watermelon juice every day for eight weeks, it will not only reduce your belly fat but also reduce your body weight.
4. Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are rich sources of fiber and protein, two key ingredients that particularly target reduction of belly fats and breaking them down by developing muscle. Beans are also helpful for digestion process and a good digestion system helps reduce belly fats. Eating beans keep you full for longer, reducing your chances of overeating without adding substantial calories and keeping your energy intact.
5. Green Vegetables
Green vegetables are excellent foods that are low in calories and high in fiber. Green vegetables have insoluble fibers that help sweep the digestive tract clean, providing for a good digestive system. What is even better is drinking one or two glasses of green vegetable juices daily that help melt away fats. It may not make sense to you, but it works!
6. Lemon Water
You may have heard it many times before, and I will say it again here. Have a warm glass of lemon water in the morning. Add slices of lemon into the water that you drink throughout the day. (Learn how much water you need to drink daily.)
Lemon is one of the best detoxifying foods that also enhance absorption of nutrients. Fats are really your body’s waste storage, and lemon gets to melt away the fats/toxins and remove them from your body.
7. Oily Fish
If you have to eat meat, choose oily fish over any other meat. Some of the quality oily fish you can eat are mackerel, salmon, and tuna. Think Omega3. They are brain food, anti-inflammatory and melt the wrong fats in your body. Choose grilled/baked fish over deep-fried fish.
Finally, what you don’t eat is as important as what you do eat. Eliminate harmful foods that keep you from burning belly fats: Processed foods, foods high in fat and low in fiber, flour and sugar products, vegetable cooking oil.
Eat your dinner at least two hours before bedtime. One of the surest ways to develop belly fats is going to sleep right after a heavy meal. Avoid that, especially after having a meaty meal.
Belly fat doesn’t only ruin your overall image, but is also harmful to health in the long run. Bear in mind to choose and include any of the above foods regularly in your diet to help speed up belly fat burning, even without working out!
Have a healthy and beautiful life!