Best Fat-Burning Foods
Through your best diet and fitness efforts, you’ve managed to tone up and drop a dress size, but that muffin top bulging over your waistband simply won’t budge. What gives? You may just need to incorporate belly-fat burning foods into your daily diet. Here are a few tasty foods that will burn belly fat and whittle your waist.
According to "Men's Health" magazine's Editor-in-Chief David Zincenko, dairy is key to firing up weight loss and optimizing your body's ability to break down fat. In his book, "The New Abs Diet: The 6-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life," Zincenko suggests "chowing down on low-fat yogurt, cheeses, and other dairy foods everyday." The Abs Diet expert also suggests drinking milk because it can fill your stomach and signal to your brain that you're full.
A credibly titled source for tips to burn belly fat, the "Flat Belly Diet," written by "Prevention" magazine's Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello and Nutrition Director Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, avocados are a creamy rich source of MUFAs or monounsaturated fatty acids, which specifically target belly fat. Though avocados are a high-calorie fruit, eaten in moderation, they can help you feel full longer and boost your body's ability to torch belly fat.
According to Wendy Chant, a specialist in performance nutrition and author of "Conquer the Fat Loss Code," oatmeal is a belly-fat fighting breakfast food and smart way to start your day. "The high fiber keeps you full longer, and your body rarely wants to store this type of food as fat," Chant explains. "Starting your day with bowl of oats is an easy way to jump start your metabolism."
In his book, "The Abs Diet for Women," Zinczenko extols the virtues of almonds for their fat-burning, belly-flattening power. Almonds are considered a superfood because of the healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, and fiber they contain. A serving of almonds or other nuts are a healthy snack and far more satisfying than fat-free foods such as rice cakes. Craving something more creamy and less crunchy? Try a couple tablespoons of almond butter instead of a handful of nuts.
As crazy as it may sound, universally loved dark chocolate can help you whittle your waist. Not only is dark chocolate beneficial for your heart and an endorphin-producing, feel-good food, it contains healthy fats that can ramp up your belly-fat burning potential. Steer clear of the milk chocolate and white chocolate and reach for the darkest chocolate you can find.
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