Carve out a slimmer waistline with these delicious and healthy foods. If you’ve been unsuccessful in losing weight around your middle, here’s some good news! Here, several belly-fat fighting superstars.
The health benefits of oils are numerous and varied. Flaxseed and walnut oil are both rich sources of alpha-linolenic acid, which your body converts into omega-3 fatty acids. Extra-virgin olive oil has strong antibacterial properties. In addition, olive oil contains phytochemicals called polyphenols, which also help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer and reduce inflammation the body. Canola, sesame, sunflower, safflower and soybean oils are all rich in vitamin E.
Rich in fibre, vitamin K, potassium and heart-protective folate, avocados have many health benefits. They may help keep cholesterol down, reduce the risk of heart disease, and macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Chocolate or, more specifically, cocoa powder made from ground, defatted cocoa beans, contains compounds that have the potential to protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.
Natural Peanut Butter
A serving of peanut butter contains the antioxidant vitamin E, bone-building magnesium, muscle-friendly potassium, and immunity-boosting vitamin B6.
Enjoy a delicious barley side dish instead of white rice with dinner and you could be on your way to shedding dangerous belly fat, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. People on a reduced-calorie diet were told to avoid whole-grain foods or to get all their grain servings from whole grains (such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, barley, and brown rice). Although both groups lost equal amounts of weight, the whole-grain group lost more abdominal fat. Good rule of thumb: Get at least three servings of whole-grain foods a day.
You’ll not only be fighting cancer and heart disease by sipping green tea, but you’ll shrink your belly, especially if you’re walking, too, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Study participants drank a beverage containing catechins—powerful antioxidant compounds in green tea—or a beverage with no catechins. They also did about 180 minutes of moderately intense exercise, mainly walking, each week. After 12 weeks, green tea drinkers had lost 7.4% more abdominal fat than non-green-tea drinkers. Catechins increase metabolism and the rate at which the liver burns fat. To reap those rewards, drink four to six cups of caffeinated green tea a day and log at least 180 minutes of exercise each week.
Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are good sources of many key nutrients, including protein, fibre, iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, B vitamins and vitamin E.
Fatty dark fish such as salmon provide a good source of omega-3 fats. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids make you feel less hungry and more satisfied up to two hours after eating a fatty fish meal. Aim to eat salmon or another oily fish, like mackerel, herring, or canned tuna at least twice a week.
So, to enjoy a healthy body, make sure you include some of the above mentioned foods in your daily diet.