4 Foods To Avoid If You Want To Lose Belly Fat
Did you know that some foods that are commonly thought of as “healthy”, are actually proven to cause weight gain in adults?
And did you know that some of these foods could be secretly be causing you to store fat without your knowledge, meaning it’ll be very difficult for you to lose weight and stay slim, even if you exercise and even if you diet?
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10 Delicious Fat-Burning Foods To Start Eating Today
As well as the main 4 foods to avoid that could be causing unexplained weight gain, it’s nice to know what foods to include in your diet to help promote healthy, sustainable weight loss.
The good news is that these 10 awesome foods can help melt away your stubborn body fat, ignite your body’s own fat-burning furnace and get lean and slimmer in less time!
Let’s get started…
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil or butter can not only make your hair rich and full and give you softer skin, it also gives a delicious flavor to sautéed vegetables, and even helps to burn belly fat!
A 2009 study on women found that coconut oil had the ability to accelerate the loss of belly fat when consumed as part of a low calorie diet.
2. Chia seeds
Chia seeds consist of about 15% omega3, are high in fiber and have the ability to absorb up to 12 times their weight.
According to study done in Mexico (12), this super food promotes weight loss in obese people and even helps control diabetes type 2.
Chias are also great because they sate your hunger and hydrate you.
At breakfast, soak 2 tablespoons soup of chia seeds for 10 minutes in almond milk and mix them with chopped apple for a tasty, healthy start to the day!
Probiotic yogurts contribute to intestinal health which can reduce bloating, increase absorption of nutrients and help you to have a flatter stomach.
And according to one study 3 servings of yogurt a day as part of a moderate diet promotes increased body fat loss! (13).
Just make sure you get natural yogurt with no added preservatives and preferably little or no sugar.
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Eggs are an excellent source of protein and beneficial fats which leave you feeling satisfied for hours after eating them.
A breakfast with eggs will have you feeling fuller for longer and will significantly reduce the temptation to snack between meals when compared to a breakfast with bagels (15).
Quinoa is what is known as a “pseudo-cereal” that is stacked with protein and cooked and used like rice.
With its low glycemic index of just 6, it is also very rich in manganese, iron and copper.
When eaten with raw vegetables, herbs and seeds it offers an alternative to pasta and rice to keep you full in the most nutritious way!
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Chickpeas are rich in vegetable protein and fiber which makes them very satisfying and leaves you feeling full.
US researchers(6) proved that a portion of chickpeas a day contributes to cardiovascular health by reducing bad cholesterol.
So reach for the hummus!
This fruit is so rich in natural fats it may seem like it’s no good for controlling your weight
However, just the opposite is true.
Its monounsaturated fatty acids lower bad cholesterol (8). Moreover, when added to salad and raw vegetables it increases the absorption of good nutrients, including carotene, good for the skin and eyes (9) .
Finally, as it is rich in fiber, the avocado is very filling. A real super food.
Dried fruit, almonds and walnuts are full of good fats.
That’s not to say we should eat them all day, but a handful of almonds as a snack or in the morning can fill you up and help you stay slim and toned.
According to studies almonds promote weight loss better than complex carbohydrates (10).
And the high concentration of phytosterols in almonds is also excellent for balancing cholesterol.
Make sure you buy raw almonds, not roasted or salted; to experience all the healthy benefits.
9. Wild Fatty Fish
Fatty fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel) are rich in protein which makes them very satiating.
They are also the best source of omega-3 fatty acids which, according to research, help to fight against inflammation associated with cardiovascular diseases and diseases of the colon (16).
In addition to this, fatty fish are rich in iodine, a nutrient that helps to regulate the thyroid.
In turn, the thyroid helps to regulate metabolism (17)!
10. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese or ricotta (a similar cheese pictured in the photo) is the richest form of cheese protein with the least fat.
It is rich in calcium and calcium helps stimulate the loss of abdominal fat as part of a reduced calorie diet (19).
These unique properties mean it is one of those foods that keeps you feeling full for hours on end without making you gain weight!
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11. Dark Chocolate With 70% Cacao
Good news for chocolate lovers!
Dark chocolate with minimum 70% cocoa has a glycemic index of just 7.
Danish researchers (2) showed that it was more satisfying than milk chocolate and it decreased compulsive snacking.
Best of all, it is good for the heart (3) and for mood!
Just make sure sugar isn’t the main ingredient in the brand you buy.
Grapefruit is a fruit rich in nutrients and its anti-fattening effects are scientifically proven.
A 2006 study showed that eating half a grapefruit before main meals helped people to lose 1.2 kg over a 12 weeks period (23).
Stock up on some grapefruits to help boost your metabolism before meals!
13. Cayenne pepper
This powerful nutrient is very high in capsaicin that makes it a great slimming aid.
As well as this, this awesome antioxidant has the ability to boost the metabolism (burn more calories without you needing to move more) and increase satiety. (24)
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- Dark chocolate consumption improves leukocyte adhesion factors and vascular function in overweight men. The FASEB Journal, 2013
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