6 Super-Powered Foods for a Flat Belly

There are actually foods that contain just the right kinds of fats and nutrients that can seriously help you get rid of stomach bulge…which is amazing! Imagine the impact of of shifting your daily routine into some of these foods…but don’t take my word for it, this is backed up by scientific research – some of these foods are shown to actually shrink fat cells, some keep you full longer and others fuel your workout better to be able to torch more calories.

Self Magazine has pulled together some of these studies, and pay close attention – it is quite clear that not all fats and calories are created equal…and just as important as quantity (the totally number of calories you’re eating per day) is the quality. For example, we’ve all heard not all fats are are bad – and it turns out that you should actually be eating certain kinds of fat to reduce your waistline, which is a bit contradictory to society! Self tells us: “Dieters who consumed monounsaturated fats lost more stomach bulge than those eating the same number of calories but less of the fats, a study in the journal Diabetes Care finds. And a study in the journal Obesity reveals that when monkeys ate trans fats, their waists were 30 percent bigger than those of simians eating monounsaturated fats.”

Check out these 6 foods/drinks that could help you flatten your belly!

1. Avocado: avocado is chock-full of the monounsaturated fats discussed above – but how exactly does eating this healthy fat slim you down? Self explains that blood sugar peaks can signal your body to store fat around your midsection, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes, thwarting fat accumulation.

It doesn’t get much easier to incorporate something into your diet than with the avocado: add to salads, sandwiches or wraps – or whip up a simple guacamole and dip veggies in it!

2. Green Tea: it’s just about impossible to look at a list of what you should be eating and drinking without encountering green tea – it’s that good for you! Self cites a study from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, which found that drinking three cups of green tea a day may kick up your metabolism and erase 30 calories daily! Why? It’s the ECGC compound in the tea, which actually helps the body burn fat!


3. Yogurt: 
probiotic-rich yogurt aids in reducing belly bloat by promoting the growth of good bacteria in your body –  this bacteria crowds out other bugs that can cause bloating, Self says citing David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Optimal Life Foods (Bantam). To make sure you’re getting these benefits, look for the “live and active cultures” seal on the package!

 

 

 

 

4. Blueberries: these berries are all about fueling your workout to help you torch more calories – they’re packed with antioxidants, which “help improve blood flow—which delivers more oxygen to your muscles,” says Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Giving your muscles the oxygen they need makes exercise feel easier, so you may work out harder, longer and more often.”

5. Bulgur: another counter-cultural food….bring on the carbs! However, similar to the fat discussion, not all carbs are created equal, and you want to ensure you are working the right type of carbs into your diet: Dieters who dined on whole grains lost more tummy fat than calorie cutters who ate refined grains, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes. How? It’s in the healthy fiber found in whole grains: this fiber aids in keeping your body’s insulin levels low—which researchers speculate may shrink fat cells, Self tells us a study from the University of Kuopio in Finland suggests.

Why focus on bulgur? Half a cup of cooked bulgur has more fiber (4 g) and fewer calories (76) than other grains!

6. Chocolate milk: it may just be the perfect post-workout recovery drink…even better than sports beverages! Self tells us athletes who drank chocolate milk had lower levels of muscle damage after four days of intense exercising than those who guzzled a sports drink, early findings presented at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Seattle report.

A glass of chocolate milk teams carbs with protein to promote muscle building, Grotto says. Stir in 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder or syrup that has less than 20 g sugar and say, “Bye-bye, Buddha belly!”

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