Belly fat is one of the hardest types of fats to get rid of. Many people follow a healthy diet, exercise and still can’t seem to get rid of that last bit of pudge. Besides being a pain to lose, the stomach is also one of the most dangerous places to carry extra weight. Extra belly fat increases a person’s chances of suffering from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. While getting at least 45 – 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week is going to help keep belly fat in check, eating the right kinds of foods can also help speed the process along!
Work these foods into your diet to start working on a toned tummy!
These delicious fungi are especially great for burning fat because they’re the only natural plant source of vitamin D–a nutrient essential to absorbing calcium. One 3-ounce serving of Sun Bella mushrooms is all you need to fulfill your daily value of vitamin D! People with low levels of vitamin D have been found to have more fat, especially abdominal fat.
Often, health conscious people shy away from coconut oil because of its high amounts of saturated fat. Studies have shown that women who used coconut oil in place of other oils, in moderation (1 tablespoon or so), had a smaller weight circumferences. And, contrary to what many might think, the women also had higher “good” cholesterol levels, or HDL levels. The reason coconut oil doesn’t promote blocked arteries like other high-saturated fat foods is though to be because of its chemical structure.
These delicious nuts make a great snack because they’ve been shown to keep people fuller longer, which means eating fewer calories! Almonds are also high in mono unsaturated fats, or the healthy fats. The fibrous wall of almonds may also help hinder the absorption of fat.
Green tea has known compounds that raise our metabolic rates, making it easier to burn fat. Swiss researchers found that people who drink tea burn about 266 more calories per day than non-tea drinkers. Unfortunately, 1 cup per day just isn’t enough. Drink 4-5 cups of green tea per day to see results.
Eggs are high in vitamin B12, which is important for breaking down fat. They are also high in protein, helping to keep you full throughout the day. Despite claims that eating eggs will raise you cholesterol levels, studies have shown that the impact is negligable, at least for people with normal cholesterol levels. Replace your morning bagel or sugary cereal with an egg or two to help shrink your waist size.