Are There Foods to Help You Lose Belly Fat?

July 10, 2012

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Unfortunately, there are no magic foods for losing belly fat. However, consuming a nutrient-dense diet with the appropriate amount of calories can help you lose fat and reach your ideal bodyweight. Furthermore, certain foods and nutrients help aid digestion, prevent bloating and can lower triglycerides in your body.

Here is a list of foods that regulate digestion and serve as great sources of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fats.

1. Oats

A fiber-rich diet may help reduce bodyfat. Research shows that eating 10 grams of fiber per day helps reduce the buildup of visceral fat over time. Having oatmeal with an added protein for breakfast keeps you feeling fuller longer, which can prevent you from making poor food decisions, such as snacking on junk food, through the rest of the day.

2. Almonds

Almonds and other nuts high in omega-3 fats help lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. These healthy fats also keep you full, and they serve as a great snack option between meals. Be careful with salted nuts, as excess sodium can cause water retention.

3. Berries

Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are excellent fruits to enjoy. They're loaded with antioxidants and fiber that help keep you feeling fuller longer. Also, they help satisfy sweet cravings to prevent you from overindulging in sugary junk foods.

4. Olive Oil

Cooking with olive oil as opposed to butter or fat will save you calories and swap "good" omega-3 fats for "bad" saturated fats.

5. Eggs

This lean protein food is a great source of B12, which helps your body metabolize fat. Choosing eggs for breakfast gives you a head start on meeting your daily protein needs. The breakfast favorite is a good alternative to bagels, cereals and muffins, which won't keep you as full.

6. Beans

Beans are great because they have a mixture of carbohydrates and protein. Choosing beans for your starch side at dinner is an excellent way to meet your daily fiber goals and get an added punch of protein from your carbohydrate portion of the meal.

7. Leafy Greens

Dark green vegetables like kale, spinach, and collard greens are low in calories and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Their high-fiber content helps you feel full following the meal. Eating a salad with your meal can help you control your portions of other food items.

8. Yogurt

Probiotic-rich yogurt can help aid digestion and prevent bloating. Choosing yogurt for part of your meals or snacks enables your GI tract to get adequate amounts of good bacteria to regulate your digestive system.

Topics: BURN FAT
Kait Fortunato
- Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, a large and experienced nutrition practice in Maryland. She focuses on individualized nutritional recommendations...
Kait Fortunato
- Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, a large and experienced nutrition practice in Maryland. She focuses on individualized nutritional recommendations...
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