Check out our top 16 foods that will help you to burn the belly fat!
Including these in your shopping basket is a sure way of speeding up your progress and keep you feeling fabulous!
A medium-sized apple provides around 5g of dietary fibre, which aids digestion and promotes fat loss. Apparently, people who eat an apple 15 minutes before lunch consume an average of 187 calories fewer than those who don't.
Oats are high in soluble fibre and, unlike most other grains, protein, meaning that they help keep you feeling fuller for longer. They are also low on the glycaemic index, so they don't cause a surge in blood sugar levels that can make you crave snacks.
3. Black pepper
A substance called piperine in pepper blocks the formation of new fat cells. Bonus: it also increases the bioavailability of other nutrients, effectively making the rest of your meal more nutritious.
4. Cayenne pepper
Capsaicin, the compound that gives peppers their heat, triggers fight-or-flight hormones including adrenaline and norepinephrine, helping to regulate your heartbeat and breathing, and mobilising fat for your body to use.
A compound in this fruit called bromelain works with other enzymes to help break down and digest fats, plus it also aids appetite suppression and increases fat excretion. A 100g serving of pineapple is equivalent to about two thin slices – contains 58% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which your body needs to keep your skin strong and supple, and to counter the damaging free radical effects of exercise and pollution.
6. Green Tea
Green tea is picked earlier than black, so it retains more polyphenols and antioxidants. This means it can boost your metabolism, which is the rate at which you burn calories, which burns more body fat. And it tastes great without needing milk and sugar!
With high levels of antioxidants, blueberries are effective at combating the damaging effects caused by pollution and other toxins. Have a handful as a snack or throw them into your daily smoothie to keep your body burning fat efficiently.
8. Brazil nuts
These nuts, which actually come mostly from Bolivia, are high in the antioxidant vitamin E. This “mops up” the damaging free radicals caused by stress and exercise. Producing too many of these damages your cells and your body prioritises repairing them over other actions, specifically building muscle and burning fat.
9. Pumpkin seeds
These are a great source of protein, zinc, magnesium and iron, all of which are vital to keeping your body using up fat stores around the clock. They also contain a wide variety of antioxidants, including forms of vitamin E found in few other foods. Grab a handful between meals to stay full.
10. Olive oil
There’s evidence that, as well as being packed with healthy monounsaturates, extra virgin olive oil can help process troublesome brown fat tissue, making it easier to shift. Add it to salad.
As well as being packed with filling fibre and a mere handful of calories, these leaves are jammed with B vitamins, which will help you release energy to fuel workouts – and with its peppery flavour it’s much tastier than boring old iceberg.
Nature’s finest vegetable is fibrous and low in calories and it staves off excess oestrogen. Cook it in coconut oil for a delicious fat-burning side that works with almost anything.
Its high protein content keeps you feeling full, omega 3 fatty acids look after your heart, and an abundance of selenium supports proper function of the thyroid gland in its regulation of metabolism.
14. Sweet potato
Many starchy root vegetables can radically elevate blood sugar levels but the sweet potato actually improves blood sugar regulation – even in people with type 2 diabetes – meaning you’re less likely to crave high-fat sugary foods later.
15. Almond butter
A great substitute for peanut butter in almost any situation – it’s high in healthy monounsaturated fats, magnesium and potassium, and helps maintain muscle function, which will make you feel stronger when you work out!
16. Dark chocolate
If you’re going to indulge your sweet tooth, do it with some high-cocoa dark chocolate. The cocoa solids produce stearic acid, keeping you full for longer and reducing sugar cravings without an insulin spike. Look for 85% on the wrapper.