In this modern era, when poor nutrition and sedentary habits are so convenient that they have become the norm, many people struggle with their weight. Belly fat is notoriously difficult to lose.
If you only have a small amount of belly fat, you probably don’t need to be too concerned, but if you have a lot, you should start working to get rid of it right away. It poses many risks to your health over the long term.
One simple way to start changing your habits and getting rid of belly fat is by adjusting your diet to include more of the following 6 foods.
1. Cold Potatoes
You may not have to give up potatoes just because you want to lose weight. All you have to do is use them in cold dishes, such as potato salad.
When potatoes are kept chilled, resistant starch crystals form in them. Resistant starch crystals are a component of fiber that signals your body to produce two hormones that have been proven to reduce feelings of hunger. Not only that, but resistant starch also helps your body use fat for fuel, rather than storing it in fat cells for later use.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar makes a tasty condiment for fish, and adds flavor to salad dressings and sauces. You may not have known this fact about it, though: Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which discourages the body from storing away fat and improves its fat-burning ability.
3. Safflower Oil
Safflower oil is another common ingredient in salad dressings. It contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that may have metabolism-boosting effects. A study has shown evidence that consuming only a tablespoon or two of safflower oil every day can help to speed up the loss of belly fat.
4. Black Beans
Like all legumes, black beans are packed with fiber and protein, which are well known for their ability to keep you from feeling hungry. With their rich, dark color, black beans also contain more flavonoids than most other varieties of beans.
According to research, flavonoids may help to prevent excess fat from being stored in the abdominal area.
Pears have lots of flavonols and catechins, both of which are antioxidants. The results of one study, conducted over a 14-year period, suggested that these two antioxidants can reduce the rate at which belly fat is stored.
Plus, fresh pairs have so much fiber and so few calories that even if you ate one with every meal, you could still lose weight.
6. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds add a delicious nutty flavor and crunch to sandwiches, yogurt, salads, and soups. They’re also full of monounsaturated fat, which is one of the good, healthy fats. A study has shown that monounsaturated fats may inhibit waistlines from expanding.
Note that unsalted sunflower seeds are healthiest.
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