There have been blog posts about foods you can eat that actually have negative calories and blog posts about foods that boost your immune system. The list goes on and on, but one thing we can agree on is that the foods you choose to put into your body have amazing power. Some foods have medicinal qualities while others can reduce stress and anxiety. There are foods that can boost your metabolism and others that increase your energy. The foods we are going to talk about today are foods that blast belly fat. Each of these foods have unique qualities that help melt away belly fat when consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet paired with a daily exercise regimen.
Nuts: Consider working about ¼ cup of nuts into your diet each day. Nuts have been proven to reduce not only your weight but your BMI as well. Sprinkle chopped nuts into Greek yogurt, use them as a "breading" for fish, or simply munch on a handful for an awesomely nutritious snack.
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes, also known as yams, are a great alternative to a regular white potato. Sweet potatoes are jam-packed with antioxidants, beta carotene, and also help stabilize your blood sugar levels. Cut them up and they can be a healthy alternative to traditional French fries. Sweet potatoes provide a little bit of sweetness and, when sprinkled with just a bit of sea salt, you have the perfect pairing of sweet and salty to curb those cravings.
Whole Grains: Research shows that those who include whole grains in their diet generally see a 10% drop in belly fat. Whole grains also have a number of other amazing benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Other health benefits include reduced risk of asthma, lower risk of colorectal cancer, lower blood pressure, and a lower risk of diabetes and gum disease. Who wouldn't want to make the switch to whole grains with all of these healthy benefits?
Berries: Want to stop belly fat from storing in your body? Stock up on your berries. Berries are known for keeping fats from being stored in your body, especially in your belly. Berries are full of antioxidants and can help fight the effects of stress caused by free radicals in the body that can also lead to sickness. You can easily add berries to your morning smoothie, cereal, or oatmeal. Throw some in your Greek yogurt along with the nuts we mentioned above for a protein-packed snack. Berries travel well too, so pack some in a bowl and keep them in your car for those busy days when you're tempted to hit the drive-thru.
Grapefruit: Raise your hand if you would love to see an inch fall off of your waist. Try eating a grapefruit each morning for 6 weeks and see what happens. Grapefruit are known as a super food and assist in not only weight loss but in reducing strokes, improving blood pressure and heart health, reducing your risk of cancer and helps prevent asthma.
Cayenne: Add a little heat to your diet while boosting your metabolism. Sprinkle a little cayenne into your favorite dishes. Cayenne contains capsaicin which has been known to burn belly fat. Cayenne is also an active ingredient in many cleansing and detox programs.
Salmon: Salmon is another protein-packed super food that has several health benefits, one of which is busting belly fat. Also known by many as "the world's healthiest food", salmon has omega 3 fatty acids that are key ingredients in fighting heart and vascular disease. Salmon also provides support for cartilage, helps insulin do its job, and decreases inflammation in the digestive tract. With so many wonderful benefits, who wouldn't want to incorporate salmon into their diet?
These super foods not only help battle belly fat, they have so many important health benefits that make it well worth your while to incorporate them into your daily diet. Making just a few adjustments to your diet can drastically improve your health in many ways.