Belly fat is ugly, annoying, and embarrassing. It’s supposed to be easy to lose, but it seldom feels that way. But one thing is for sure: the best way to combat belly fat is through your diet.
It’s not about eating less; it’s about shifting your focus to healthy foods that won’t cause belly fat. Here are 6 you can start with today.
Adding potassium to your diet helps combat the bloat caused by a typical sodium-laden diet. Foods like bananas, potatoes (with the skin), spinach, and avocados are rich in potassium and can help eliminate the water retention and belly bloat caused by a salty diet. If you aren’t looking to get rid of belly fat but are instead looking to prevent it, potassium-rich foods can help keep belly fat at bay.
Proteins like fish, lean pork, skinless chicken breasts, and turkey cutlets are good choices if you want to prevent belly fat. They can help curb your appetite and are good for muscle building which can help burn more fat. You’ll want to consume about six ounces of lean protein every day to get the proper amount of protein in your diet.
Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries contain plant chemicals called anthocyanins which put them on the short list of foods that won’t cause belly fat. These chemicals actually burn abdominal fat according to researchers at the University of Michigan. To beat belly bulge, consume about two cups of berries each day.
Research suggests consuming whole grains can increase weight loss. Oat groats, the basic form of oats, are gluten-free so they won’t cause belly bloat the way other carbohydrates do.
To add oat groats to your diet, soak them overnight and rinse them before blending. Combine them with water, a sugar substitute, and a little bit of cinnamon to make yourself a healthy bowl of oatmeal.
Fresh green vegetables are another food that won’t cause belly fat. They help you feel full for longer periods of time and also help burn more calories. Green vegetables contain fiber and are good for digestion as well.
To get a variety of green vegetables in your diet, experiment with foods other than just lettuce and spinach. For example, try arugula, cabbage, fennel, kale, broccoli rabe, and endive.
Beans have resistant starch in them. This is a belly fat fighter also found in bananas and corn. These starches don’t turn into sugar like pasta and rice do. Instead, they typically pass through your body undigested and act more like fiber.
Adding beans like chickpeas or kidney beans to your salads or meals can help fight off belly fat. Including a half-cup of beans in your daily diet should be enough to reap the benefits!
A Caution About “Natural Foods”
Lastly, we want to leave you with a word of caution. When you want to get rid of belly fat, you may be tempted to go for “natural foods”. After all, foods labeled as “all-natural” should be good for you, right? Not always.
Perhaps Chris Walker, author of the Salvation Diet, sums it up best….
“Most people think natural means healthy, but that’s not always the case. Take sugar for example. Many labels boast “contains real cane sugar!” and people think that means it’s good for you. But they don’t realize that our bodies aren’t designed to consume added sweeteners whether they’re natural or not! Corn and fruit are two more examples of foods that are found in nature but are bad if you eat too much (like almost all Americans do!).”
You can learn more about Chris Walker and his bible-inspired Salvation Diet at www.stabilitypact.org.