Eat Your Way to A Flatter Tum
Make sure you eat enough food to keep your body from experiencing hormone imbalances; eating too little (fewer than 1200 calories a day) reduces the amount of the fat-burning hormone leptin in your body, which will slow down weight loss. Certain foods can also exacerbate belly fat and even some of the healthiest sounding foods can result in more bloating.
The most common food irritants which cause bloating and belly fat are dairy, sugar, wheat, refined carbohydrates and the biggest culprit high-sodium foods which cause the body to retain water. Munch on celery, which acts as a natural diuretic, helping to banish water retention and abdominal bloating. Eating a kiwi fruit after a big meal can also help beat stomach bloat.
Foods high in monounsaturated fatty acid can help burn belly fat. They increase the release of hormones that help regulate glucose metabolism and increase the release of insulin, both of which help lower blood sugar and reduce fat settling around your middle. Choose foods like avocados, almonds, olive oil, and nuts – but watch portion-size.
Include fat-free yogurt into your diet as studies show you are then more likely to lose weight around the stomach because of the combination of calcium and protein. Yogurt also contains bacteria to keep your digestive system healthy.
Oily fish – such as salmon can help combat middle-aged spread as they contain the protein leptin, which acts like a hormone, reducing fat stored around the middle and controlling your appetite so you don’t overeat.
Eat a balanced diet to lose weight – your stomach is usually the first place to show weight loss. Include more fruit, salads fish and lean meat, like chicken, in your diet.