We all know of the foods we should not be eating if we want to get slim and trim. Cheesy, grain filled pizzas, sticky and sweet doughnuts, oil-laden French fries, and sugary ice-cream all make this list.
However, how many of know what foods we should be eating to help with weight loss? Sure, we know to eat healthy and well but what specific foods can help with the actual reduction of belly fat? Let’s look at some of the best options:
Avocados are packed full of healthy mono-saturated fats which help to control blood sugar levels. Spikes in blood sugar can lead to your body storing fat around the midsection so keeping these under control helps to reduce belly fat.
Avocados also help the body absorb cancer-fighting carotenoids so eat avocados in your salads, on toast, or mash them up into delicious dips!
Bananas are a rich source of potassium which helps limit the sodium in your body. Too much sodium and you’ll find your belly expanding due to bloat!
Bananas are also packed with magnesium and prebiotics, a healthy source of bacteria.
Just like bananas, yoghurt contains healthy bacteria that can prevent bloating. The healthy carbohydrates and protein in yoghurt also helps to keep insulin levels stable. Unstable insulin can lead to weight gain as your body stores fat and calories to help control sugar levels.
Just make sure that you are eating plain, unsweetened Greek yoghurt and not sugary artificial yoghurts that contain lots of flavourings and colourants.
Chickpeas are a great plant-based source of protein and fibre. Chickpeas are a great alternative to flour for breads, baking and pastas. They also provide plenty of antioxidants which help boost the immune system.
Healthy fish like Salmon, Sardines and Tuna provide great sources of lean protein and healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Replacing beef or lamb with these healthy proteins is a good alternative for big meals while still providing enough substance to keep you full to avoid snacking.
The Vitamin D found in fish like Salmon can also assist with weight management.
Almonds, walnuts, peanuts and pistachios are all a fantastic source of protein and easy to snack on when you place sports bets. Nuts can also help you reduce your cholesterol levels and supercharge your metabolism, leading to weight loss.
Nuts are a great heart-healthy alternative to other snacks, like chips, cookies or pretzels, helping you curb any cravings between meals. In addition, if you buy nuts that need to be shelled, like pistachios or peanuts, you end up slowing down the snacking process and as a result eat less.
Raspberries and blueberries are a great source of fibre and antioxidants, which both help in weight loss. Berries also contain less sugar than a lot of other fruits. Add berries to yoghurt and oats for a healthy breakfast or after-dinner snack.
Not all grains are bad. Whole grains like quinoa, faro and brown rice combat bloat as the sodium and sugar is absorbed slowly throughout the day. They are also high in fibre, essential amino acids and protein.