It’s Jana Williams again! I’m so excited to be back on The Chriselle Factor today to share with you all some more health tips! Spring is officially here this Monday, so what better topic to discuss than my 5 Foods that Fight Belly Fat!
Are you killing yourself doing tons of sit-ups, crunches, leg lift, and plank holds trying to get a smaller waist line or better-defined abs but don’t see much of a difference? Well, let me share with you one helpful piece of advice that a trainer once shared with me: The best thing you can do to get tighter abs is have a GOOD DIET.
Yup, responsible eating habits are the key to getting the most out of your workout and being able to see the results you want that much quicker and on a daily basis. Aside from looking better in your bikini, it’s more important to lose that unwanted belly fat because stomach fat has been linked to high cholesterol, inflammation, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Another thing to think about is that our belly fat, unlike upper thigh or arm fat, surrounds our organs, therefore it is actually something we need to keep an eye on.
So, here’s a handful of yummy foods that you can easily add to your daily diet that will help you speed up the process of shedding that unwanted layer body fat around your belly button.
Avocados are called a superfood for a reason! They contribute unsaturated “good” fats, and good fats can help the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients Vitamins A, D, K, and E. Healthy avocados contain 6g of naturally good fat per serving – one-third of a medium avocado. Good fats help the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients without raising LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels when eaten as part of a healthy diet. Can you say Wholey guacamole!
Apple Cider Vinegar has amazing health benefits and can help you lose weight. The acidic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream. But, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are diabetic, you might want to avoid the intake of such an acidic beverage as it’s known to lower blood sugars.
Like avocados, almonds provide GOOD FATS and nutrients which help absorb the bad fats. They also help reduce risks of heart attack, lower cholesterol and nourish the nervous system, building strong bones and teeth. They’re also super easy to throw into a plastic baggie and throw in your bag for snacking throughout the day!
All berries are good for you but blueberries are the best! They affect the way your body stores and breaks down sugar. They are also full of antioxidants and help speed up the metabolism process allowing you to burn calories faster. They’re also super yummy over some Greek yogurt!
Yogurt is a probiotic that puts “good” bacteria back in the gut, which provides benefits by adjusting the microflora (the natural balance of organisms) in the intestines, or by acting directly on body functions, such as digestion and the immune function. (Keep in mind that the only yogurts that contain probiotics are those that say “live and active cultures” on the label!) The health benefits of yogurt are so impressive that many health-conscious people make it a daily habit. It makes your smoothies creamier, or you can customize your yogurt with cereal and fruit, which can be a double whammy in fighting belly fat. One of Chriselle’s favorite drinks is Kombucha. Like yogurt, Kombucha is packed with plenty of good bacteria that fights belly fat.
Here are a few fun ways of combining these belly fat reducing foods along with some others.
· Greek Yogurt + Raspberries +Almonds
· Green Tea Lemon and Cinnamon
· Apples, Peanut Butter
· Cinnamon or Green Tea
· Lemon and Mint
· Oatmeal, Blueberries, and Cinnamon
· Eggs, Avocado and Spinach.
And if you love smoothies, here’s a quick and easy smoothie recipe to fight belly fat!
Just take 3 ounces of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1/2 cup frozen berries and mix all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!
If you are looking for a little more inspiration today check out this post on inner strength. I truly believe that it all starts from the inside out.