Oh the promise of a six-pack! It has inspired an entire industry that annually churns out gadgets and gizmos by the millions. So why aren’t you all prancing around chiseled to the core? No pun intended! Why are the sculpted abs still eluding you? Need help? Try these belly fat-blasting foods to button down a flat tummy!
A staple for foodies all over the world, full of antioxidants AND body fat metabolisers. Surely, this is too good to be true? Botanically a fruit, but considered a vegetable, tomatoes have been found to reduce inflammation and water retention. What’s key is that they reverse leptin resistance and this allows one to be rid of wobbly bits by stabilising blood sugar and triggering central fat loss. Tomatoes contain high levels of vitamins A and C, which decrease oxidative stress and cut down on the stress hormones in the body that store belly fat. They improve your skin, cognitive function, cardiovascular health, and help lower blood pressure and fight cancer.
Other vitamin C loaded fat-fighting fruits, also high in fibre, like berries, prolong your sense of satisfaction; and since the vitamin can’t be digested, they simply clean out your digestive tract. Berries are also low in sugar, so they help keep blood sugar from spiking. Blueberries pack the most fat-blasting punch.
2. LEAFY GREEN
If you want to start seeing shrinkage across your waist, fill your plate with green leafy vegetables like spinach, rocket and kale, which are low in calories, full of fibre and packed with vital vitamins and minerals that help to ease water retention without causing tummy discomfort. Just like tomatoes, green leafy vegetables are high in vitamins A and C and boast the same benefits. They are a source of folic acid, which helps ensure that protein is metabolised properly. Also, consuming foods rich in folic acid may help to better stabilise insulin levels and cut belly fat storage.
These alkaline nutrients and antioxidant-packed foods are filled with chlorophyll. The strong alkaline nature of dark leafy green veggies helps to keep your body out of the acidic and toxic state. Everything from obesity and arthritis to lack of energy and frequent illness occur in highly acidic bodies. It makes sense to do what your mother said – eat your greens!
3. WILD SALMON
Salmon is an extraordinary waist shrinker because it’s packed full of omega-3 fatty acids. They promote fat burning, halt the creation of new fat cells, and stimulate the secretion of the hormone leptin. Leptin stabilises blood sugar, decreases appetite, and promotes the burning of body fat and visceral (belly) fat in particular, according to the US National Institute of Health.
Oily fish like tuna and trout are excellent sources of omega-3. A study showed that overweight people who ate oily fish daily improved their glucose-insulin response, slowing down digestion and reducing cravings. Chia seeds and avocados also contain omega-3.
Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is a nutritional rock star plant-seed boasting 8g of hunger-busting protein and 5g of fibre in one cup, as well as eight amino acids, iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium and vitamin E. It’s also a low glycaemic index food supporting blood sugar management. As a fibrous food packed with vitamin B12, it boosts your metabolism and enhances energy production, helping you say ‘au revoir’ to your belly. Not bad for some tiny seeds. Even the ‘flawless’ songstress Beyonce trusts quinoa to stay trim.
The polyphenols in quinoa help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and a recent preclinical study found some phenolic compounds in quinoa have cancer-fighting properties.
One of the healthiest snacks you can eat, especially if you want to lose some belly fat, almonds are delicious and versatile nuts which contain filling protein and fibre and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. They’re also a good source of magnesium, a mineral your body must have in order to produce energy, build and maintain muscle tissue, and regulate blood sugar. Research indicates that the composition of their cell walls may help reduce the absorption of all of their fat, making them an extra-lean nut.
Raw, natural almonds are best to keep the nutrients and fibre in place. Most seeds and nuts are filled with healthy fats, fibres, protein and minerals to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Regardless of how long you spend with abs gadgets, if you cannot
MANAGE YOUR STRESS, SLEEP, AND EAT THE RIGHT FOODS. the six-pack will simply elude you.