As we start to age and grow older, our body also gets old and becomes slower and weaker. This can often include our body storing fat around our midsection which can be harmful to us and can warn us of diseases such as obesity as well as others like cholesterol and diabetes.
To avoid these diseases as much as we can, we need to be on a healthy diet and eat foods that are going to help us lose weight and control that belly fat.
However, luckily for us, belly fat can be really receptive and vulnerable to exercise and healthy dieting but the bad news is that your lower belly fat, also known as abdominal fat, can also be extremely stubborn and hard to lose and so it can stay on your body longer than the rest of the fat.
However, we’ve come up with a list of foods that burn belly fat directly and attack that waistline.
So, let’s review the foods that burn belly fat.
Olive oil is a great substitute for all those other cooking oils you’ve been using. It helps get rid of unhealthy fat and it will help your body burn the bad fats these are circulating in there. Plus, it doesn’t contain the excess calories that other oils will give you and it’ll help in controlling the stress hormone cortisol which tells our body to store more fat.
For the maximum benefit, cook your eggs in the morning with a dash of olive oil or sprinkle it into your lunch salad for a low-calorie dressing.
To learn more about cortisol and the effect of stress on belly fat, check out our previous article on what causes that extra belly fat in women. (link to the article)
Oily fish has a ton of omega 3 and it is known for being included in diets all over the world as it is a good source of protein and helps you get rid of excess build-ups of fat in your body.
However, avoid fried fish or fish with tons of butter, cream, mayonnaise, and cheese. That will not be that great for your belly fat and your health. Try baking or frying it with a small amount of olive oil and that will do wonders for your diet. Plus, it is still tasty.
Some examples of oily fish include:
Seafood basically has the fats that your body wishes for. It contains monounsaturated fats that help burn belly fat and lowers the cholesterol levels in your body. These fats help your body to avoid storing and making extra fat build-ups.
Yet the same precautions will go here as with fish. Avoid heavily fried or creamy, buttery, and cheesy seafood. Boil it, dip it in sauces and enjoy its raw benefits. Or you can mix it into your soups and salads.
- Shellfish packs a lot of protein but does not give you that many calories.
- Oysters have vitamin B12 and zinc.
- Whitefish also has a lot of lean protein so it will help you feel full throughout the day and you will avoid eating in excess.
- Shrimp. Only 3 ounces of shrimp contains a whopping 18 grams of lean protein which will make for a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Plus, seafood naturally has a lot of minerals which will become necessary during weight loss because deficiencies can kick start unhealthy weight gain.
This particular tea is often overlooked in favor of green tea. But what people do not know is that the component in green tea which melts fat is actually present 5 times more in Matcha.
This tea also boosts our body’s metabolism and studies show it plays a major role in enhancing our exercise-induced fat oxidation. It also contains traces of caffeine which helps burn belly fat.
What? You thought all chocolate was banned during weight loss? Well, here’s some good news for all the chocolate lovers reading this. Dark chocolate has 70 to 80 percent cacao which helps maintain weight loss and has cocoa oil, which has the fat burning oleic acid. Researchers tell us that eating dark chocolate in moderation actually improves weight loss and helps trim the belly.
Quinoa is one of the best plant-based sources of protein that contains all the nine essential amino acids. It can also reduce your waist circumference and help you to not feel hungry more. You can substitute your rice portions with quinoa, and it’ll keep you full much more quickly.
Fruits For Belly Fat:
Apples are a great fruit to snack on during a diet, especially during the day. Apples have lots of vitamins and are rich in antioxidants thus, it is a great idea to eat them whenever you feel hungry as they’ll help you burn belly fat. It’s best to eat them at breakfast as they will help you feel full and give you lots of energy for the day.
If you are a fan of that slim and completely flat abdomen, look no further. Eat blueberries every day as they are known to reduce abdominal fat. Also, they are rich in antioxidants.
You cannot go wrong with any of the fruits here. Lemon, lime, and grapefruit – each and every one of these fruits help reduce bloating, attack inflammation in our body which is associated with fat storage in the belly area and since hydration is essential during weight loss, these will provide the necessary amount of water to keep you going and make you feel full and refreshed.
Grapefruits are the most amazing fruits you can consume during weight loss as they are known to burn belly fat right away. Grapefruit has its own separate diet, that is how popular it is. The best thing about grapefruits is that this fruit attacks the belly fat in our body as soon as it is consumed.
Avocados are an excellent fruit for weight loss. They can be eaten for breakfast and at lunch. Just take the creamy fruit out and spread it on a slice of toast or toss it into your salad. Not a raw fruits lover? Put avocados in a blender and make a creamy low-calorie smoothie! Avocados suppress your appetite and help slow down the storage of fat in our body.
Many people think that avocados have a lot of fat and are considered as a fatty fruit, so they completely tend to avoid it during dieting. Avocados have a lot of monounsaturated fats which are healthy and help fight against belly fat. Moreover, this fruit will reduce your sugar cravings during stress and lower your blood sugar levels, which, in turn, prevents the panic phase where your body starts storing fat in the belly area.
Plums enhance our liver and gastrointestinal functions which prevent constipation and lead to a natural way of losing weight. Moreover, according to a study, they have pectin, a type of fiber that decreases the fat around the liver (belly fat) and controls how much fat our cells are storing. And this study shows that pectin is known to fight back obesity. Good news? Plums are loaded with this great belly fat burning fiber.
To learn more about how fruits help you lose weight, check out our article on Are Fruits Good For Weight Loss?
It is a great source of protein and it contains genistein which boosts lipid (fats, oils, etc.) oxidation. You can eat tofu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It absorbs any flavor it is cooked in since it has no flavor of its own so you can put it in salads, soups, wraps, and even fry it with a little bit of olive oil to eat raw. And some people even say it tastes like chicken!
Pickles are a great food to snack on while on a diet, especially during the day because we know that hunger strikes easily after breakfast and during those mid-day hours. A cup of pickles only contains 17 calories and that is nothing in terms of calories!
Also, acidic foods have been known to reduce belly fat and pickles are rich in acetic acid vinegar, which boosts metabolism and speeds up our body’s carbs-burning mechanism up to 40 percent and that’s great news because carbs are also a huge factor in causing belly fat. And as soon as our body is done with carbs (after you also limit or cut them from your diet), it will go straight to burning the excess fat in our body.
Who could guess coffee could be your new friend during weight loss? Caffeine has a lot of benefits for the body including boosting our metabolism and keeping our digestive tract continuously moving and a study has even shown that it affects the energy exertion of normal and obese people during weight loss and that they consumed fewer calories.
Just keep in mind that too many cups of coffee can lead to caffeine addiction so 2 to 3 cups per day should be more than fine. Also make sure your coffee is free from any sugar, cream, or other sweet additions because that would not help you so much.
Surprising but true. Wine helps trim that overweight waistline but just be mindful, not all wine helps you. Wines like Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Malbec, and St. Laurent will help you snatch that waist. Plus, remember to not overdrink. A hangover of wine is more than likely to have you craving greasy or oily foods the next morning and that would not aid your belly fat at all.
So, these are our top foods for burning belly fat and now you can easily include these into your diet and not cut back at all!