Let’s face it, ladies, we all want a flat stomach and men want washboard abs. A flat stomach is not only a sign of how healthy we are but it also shows that we take care of ourselves. The weight loss industry is currently booming and making hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
Every day we hear about breakthrough diets or miracle weight loss products that cost you thousands of dollars. I bet you’ve probably heard of the waist trainer. It looks like a corset that you wear underneath your clothes to give the illusion that you have a flat stomach. And it’s not only women who wear it, men too squeeze themselves into these waist trainers.
There’s a lot of debate as to whether or not waist trainers are bad for you and if they actually work. In my opinion, they work… temporarily. I mean, if you want to look great in a specific dress but you feel your stomach isn’t flat enough, you can squeeze yourself into a waist trainer to suck in those extra inches, but other than that, I don’t think it produces permanent results.
In fact, some experts believe wearing it for prolonged periods is harmful to your health. I’m a strong believer in getting a flat stomach the proven way…through diet and exercise. Stop wasting money on weight loss pills. If you want to invest money in weight loss products, how about joining a gym or buying yourself a treadmill?
With that said, here’s a list of ten foods that burn belly fat fast.
Do you know why you always crave that unhealthy sugary or salt-filled snack in the morning? It’s because you missed breakfast, you didn’t have enough breakfast or your sugar levels dropped.
One way to avoid that morning snack attack is to eat oatmeal for breakfast. Oatmeal is rich in fiber and it takes longer to digest, so you feel full in the morning and your cravings for those chocolate donuts becomes non-existent.
9 Nuts and Seeds
Flax seeds, pistachios, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds and any other nuts or seeds you can think of all help you to keep your tummy slim by keeping it full. Not only that, but they are full of healthy oils and minerals.
Purdue University did a study and found that people who ate nuts felt full longer than those who ate rice cakes.
Not just any type of meat…white meat or lean meat is the best type of meat to keep the fat away from your belly. Free-range chicken, fish and grass-fed beef are scientifically proven to burn fat. In fact, there’s a study that showed grass-fed beef contains natural CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). And don’t bother trying to take CLA supplements because they are not the same as the naturally occurring one. Besides, the supplement has more side effects than it has benefits.
7 Protein Powder
Protein powder isn’t just for people who want to bulk up in the gym…you too can benefit from it. Protein powder contains amino acids that build muscle and burn fat.
Add two spoonfuls of the powder to your smoothie for a belly fat burning drink. And the good thing about protein powder is that it’s easily available in health food stores.
I know this sounds wrong considering you are trying to burn belly fat. Why would you need oil? Isn’t it full of calories?
Eggs are loaded with plenty of fat burning protein, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, phosphorus, iron, calcium, choline, folate and essential vitamins. Eggs digest slowly so you will feel full for a long time, reducing your chances of looking for a snack. You should also know that eggs from free-range chickens contains more nutrients.
Lima beans, navy beans and black beans are rich in fiber, which helps your body get rid of toxic waste. Moreover, they are low in calories and packed with proteins that will help you lose weight and tone up.
3 Green Veggies
Kale, broccoli, spinach, arugula and romaine are all packed with essential vitamins and minerals and have very few calories. Broccoli and spinach are especially loaded with fiber, which helps speed up your metabolism and reduces constipation.
2 Peanut Butter
Peanut butter prevents belly bloat by keeping the digestive system on track thanks to one key ingredient known as niacin. Just like nuts and seeds, peanut butter keeps you full for long so you are less likely to reach out for a quick unhealthy snack in between meals.
1 Green Tea
Green tea is packed with anti-oxidants, which are believed to speed up your metabolism and burn fat. According to research done by Swiss researchers, drinking green tea burns 266 calories more than if you drank regular tea. Also, in a report written by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they found that green tea extract boosted daytime metabolism.
While shopping for green tea, avoid purchasing the bottled tea because it has been processed and as a result, it doesn’t have a lot of nutrients.
You can instead steep a tea bag in one cup of water and drink it while it’s hot or add ice cubes to make iced tea. It’s recommended that you drink four cups daily.
Sources: whydontyoutrythis.com, health.harvard.edu
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