While exercise is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it will only get you so far in your weight loss journey. You also need to make sure that you’re eating the right foods and avoiding those that could cause you to pile on the pounds.
Fat around your abdominal area affects more than just your appearance. Over time it can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. So if you’re hoping to shed the last of your belly fat, here are some of the best foods you can incorporate into your diet.
Nuts contain protein and fibre, two nutrients that can help you lose weight, as well as being one of the healthiest options to stave off hunger in between meals. With nuts, you should be aware of your portion sizes. Depending on the type of nut, a 1-ounce serving contains approximately 162 – 204 calories so you should aim to eat no more than two or more of this size serving per week. Some of the best nuts to help you in your weight loss are almonds, cashews, peanuts and walnuts.
There have been numerous studies that show the link between berries and weight loss. These small sources of antioxidants can help to protect our cells from damage, reduce your blood sugar and insulin levels after meals, boost your metabolism and fight belly fat. Berries are low in “energy density” (concentrated calories), so they will help you to feel full for longer too.
Most oily fish contains protein, zinc, vitamins A and D, some B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids that give it its status as a superfood. If you’re suffering from excess belly fat, an uptake in the amount of oily fish that you eat will help to decrease your blood sugar levels, and when blood sugar levels are high, the body produces insulin which prevents fat loss. Although there is no one oily fish to target belly fat, it will certainly help to promote overall weight loss.
Not only do leafy greens provide you with some much-needed fibre, vitamins and minerals but they help to fill you up without consuming many calories. In addition to helping you feel full, leafy greens will provide you with plenty of antioxidants and nutrients, some of which (catechins and anthocyanins) increase your body’s ability to burn fat. If you’re struggling to keep up healthy eating, you might want to consider a juicing retreat where you can give your body a much-needed break and take in all of the nutrients you may be missing.
Most fruit and veg offer vitamin C, but citrus fruits, in particular, are especially rich in this vitamin that is important for fat loss. When you exercise, low vitamin C can prevent you from burning as much fat as you should be so snacking on oranges and other citrus fruits such as grapefruit can restore the levels you need to burn fat normally. While it won’t be as beneficial, a good idea is to add citrus fruits to your workout water.