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Beat belly fat with these five foods

Blackberries_in_containers,_2008Let’s face it, we all want to get rid of belly fat. Not only is it not particularly attractive to look at, but it can in fact be dangerous to your health if it surrounds your internal organs. Exercise, sleep and a balanced diet are the only ways to effectively combat it, but certain types of food and drinks are better than others.

So let’s take a look at what foods you should be eating to help reduce fat around your mid-section.

1. Blackberries.

Many of us automatically reach for the blueberries when we’re starting a diet due to all the publicity they’ve received in the press, but in fact blackberries are the better way to go. They’re higher in protein and fibre.

Fibre is beneficial in preventing certain diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. And protein helps keep you energised throughout the day.

In fact protein is a Macronutrient, similar to Carbs and Fats, but unlike them the body doesn’t store it for future use. This is why low-carb, higher protein diets work. When protein is consumed, it will be used first for energy. Carbs are beneficial for a balanced diet, but the body doesn’t need too much otherwise they will be stored. So combining low carbs, with higher protein, good fibre intake and a regular exercise regime is one of the best ways to keep belly fat at bay.

So next time you fancy a snack, reach for the blackberries instead!

2. Oatmeal.

Oatmeal is a superb source of fibre and whole grains. Eating natural oatmeal for breakfast will not only provide you with enough energy to help see you through to lunch, but also help prevent health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you’re not keen on natural oatmeal on its own, add some chopped nuts, fruit or spices like cinnamon to give a bit of added flavour.

3. Eggs.

An alternative to oatmeal to start your day, are eggs. These little white things are high in protein giving you plenty of energy to see you through the morning regardless of the activity you’re doing, and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

As an aside from the reducing belly fat and maintaining good weight benefits, eggs contain Choline, a nutrient that’s known to stimulate brain development and function. So not only will you look great, you’ll be alert and on form throughout the day.

4. Nuts.

Non-salted, natural nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews and hazelnuts are great for keeping insulin levels stable throughout the day, meaning you’re less likely to snack between meals.

But it’s important not to overdo it. Too many and you’re just piling on extra unnecessary calories.

Chop some up and sprinkle over you oatmeal cereal in the morning, or add them to a blackberry smoothie. A fab way to give you enough energy and sustenance to see you through to lunch.

5. Green vegetables.

Of course all vegetables have their specific benefits. For example, they all provide you with a range of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phyotochemicals, some of which can help your body to burn fat and decrease oxidative stress (free radicals) in your body.

However green vegetables in particular have high levels of Vitamins A & C. These help to reduce the amount of free radicals in the body that can store belly fat. They’re also a great source of folic acid which plays another important role in the digestion and metabolism.

Start adding each of these to your diet and you’ll shift that belly fat in no time!

 

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