As someone who has been working on losing belly fat for a few years now, it is no easy feat. Sadly, regardless of how many crunches, planks, or marathons you sign up for, nothing really guarantees you six pack abs and a flat stomach. What you consume daily really does make a difference. And sadly, the old adage, abs are made in the kitchen, is completely true.
Yes, exercising will be beneficial for your overall health, but the only sustainable way to go about a flat stomach is a diet rich in whole foods, portion control and minimal processed food.
Before we share the 5 foods that will help, it’s important to note that sometimes genetics will get in the way.
Fat naturally accumulates around the tummy to keep your organs protected. Kind? Sure. But not the best for weight loss.
Stress can also cause more fat around the tummy. When you’re anxious, exhausted, or overwhelmed, the body starts producing more cortisol—turning the attention away from fat burning to fight or flight mode to rid itself of the cortisol.
The one beneficial thing you really can control is the items you put in your body — when you eat and how you eat. By slightly tweaking your daily habits and routines, you might notice a slender silhouette. Here are the 5 amazing foods that will help reduce belly fat.
Yes, fruit contains natural sugar, but many kinds also have high levels of Vitamin C, that burn 30% more fat when exercising. Wondering what the best fruit is to consume? Blueberries. Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, the compound that stops fat from forming, blueberries help reduce fat and trim the stomach.
Fiber-rich and whole-grain carbs like quinoa, oats, and brown rice can help you lose fat around your tummy. This is because they are full of gut-healthy fiber and B vitamins, releasing energy slowly and keeping blood sugar levels steady. Ideally, you should consume 25 grams of fiber a day.
Saturated fats activate abdominal fat storage, while polyunsaturated fats are full of omegas, and leave you feeling satisfied—while reducing cravings.
As a protein, quinoa has amino acid and lysine that helps beat fat and speed up your metabolism.
As a natural diuretic, fennel helps deplete the body of excess water and bloating that could result in a flatter stomach. Fennel also has EGCG, the antioxidant that boosts metabolism and prompts the body into fat reserves.
Are you ready to get in the kitchen and solidify those results? I know I am. If you need more nutrition content, check out these apps to keep track of your journey and some amazing fruits to give you an energy boost each morning.