Losing weight can be a daunting task and sometimes it feels like you aren’t making any progress! I think one of the most important things to do to avoid this feeling is focus on a problem area!
For most of us, the problem area is usually right in the middle! A little too much weight on the hips or that donut shaped pocket sitting on the front of your tummy! Well, you’re in luck, because there are lots of ways for you to reduce and eliminate stomach fat!
While cutting down on sweets and exercising more are huge contributors, did you know there are also foods that you should eat more of to burn abdominal fat?
You heard me right! Go ahead, indulge on these foods and lose belly fat!
Although almonds contain a lot of fat, the majority of this fat is monounsaturated fats which are good fats! This type of fat also helps to distribute fat to other places on your body and won’t just send fat to your belly. Studies show that people who avoid nuts do not lose fat more successfully than those who don’t.
It’s possible that nuts as a snack are really effective while you’re trying to lose weight because a handful of nuts can be very filling! Almonds also have the ability to boost your metabolism, which can speed up weight loss!
2. Steel-cut oatmeal
According to the Journal of The American College of Nutrition, people who have eaten steel cut oatmeal for breakfast aren’t as hungry by lunchtime as people who ate other oat based cereals.
Eating oatmeal could keep your snacking at bay, which will significantly reduce belly fat over time.
Tip: If you have to add something sweet to your oatmeal, try to add fruits instead of white and brown sugar. Fructose from fruits is a way better alternative than glucose and sucrose.
3. Fiber rich foods
It is proven that visceral fat (abdominal fat) is impacted by fiber rich foods. People that have fiber rich diets are known to have about 4% less belly fat than those who neglect their fiber intake. So made sure that you have fiber at ever meal!
Lentils, orange, pears, beans, blueberries, apples, and asparagus are all examples of food that are high in fiber. There is no shortage of fiber rich foods!
4. Wild salmon
Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which have a direct impact on reducing abdominal fat. Salmon also has the ability to slow your digestive system down and in turn make you feel full for much longer.
5. Citrus fruits
Next time you have a sweets craving, grab an orange, grapefruit, or put some lemon in water and honey! These citrus rich fruits blast your body with vitamin C, allowing you to process fats much faster.
It’s pretty convenient that these delicious foods can guide us to a healthier, slimmer version of ourselves!
This time of year it’s always hard to keep those extra pounds off and no one really wants to say no to desserts and wine… because heck! It’s the holidays! As long as you eat in moderation and snack on the healthy foods above, you’ll help your body function properly and deal with your holiday diet.
Just remember, a holiday is a holiday! Don’t let your holiday habits change your lifestyle!
I find the best way to stay on track is to set a date for when your holiday eating is officially over! Back to reality (which isn’t so bad considering the delicious list you just read!) and back to enjoying a healthy lifestyle.