Here at Drop My Belly Fat we recommend a multi-level approach to fat loss around your midsection. We believe that if you want your body to look and feel great you need to keep it moving, keep it happy and keep it nourished. In other areas of our site we discuss these first two in greater detail, but in this post we want to focus on nourishment. You need to nourish your body by giving it the fuel it needs in the form of the right food and drink. If you’ve been wondering what really are the top 10 foods that help you lose belly fat? We’ve got you covered here with our rundown.
Belly fat busting is our focus here because of the harmful effects belly fat can have on your overall health and its status as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Remember that by following our advice and eating a balanced and nutritious diet with regular exercise, you can and will see vast improvements in your physique.
In this post we gave you the lowdown on 5 foods to eat to lose your belly fat and these were:
3. Beans & Legumes
4. Lean Meat & Fish
5. Leafy Green Vegetables
Here are 5 more foods you NEED to add to your diet…
6. Almond or other Plant Based Milk
We recommend drinking a non-dairy milk for the reasons mentioned here, even if you do not experience any sensitivity to cow’s milk you may want to try it for its nutritional benefits. These milks are usually fortified with nutrients including vitamins A, B12 and D, and contains the essential vitamins and minerals, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Our top pick is almond milk. Like all plant-based milks it is ideal for vegans and we also find this milk tastier when used in smoothies or oatmeal. We also find we experience less bloating since we switched to plant based milk. For a coffee creamer, try coconut milk. If you are trying to move your diet toward minimally processed foods and drinks, which we recommend, then you should always go for the organic unsweetened plant based option.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is as a great alternative to other cooking oils which often have high levels of processed saturated fat, such as vegetable oil and sunflower oil. Coconut oil though still high in fat, is high in natural saturated fats. It can help to increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in the body and in lowering your cholesterol, it promotes heart health, and can lower the risk of heart disease. It should not be consumed excessively but can be a valuable element of a healthy, balanced diet when used in moderation.
Tip: The coconut oil which you use for cooking has many other uses, it is great for skin and hair!
We recommend Coconut Merchant Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. (US/UK)
8. Probiotic Foods or a Supplement
Sometimes known as “good” bacteria, probiotics have been found to play a role in weight regulation, as they ensure you have the right balance of bacteria in your gut which can help with weight loss, including helping you get rid of stubborn belly fat. You can try probiotic yoghurt or an advanced supplement like Digest Gold plus Probiotics. As well as the fat loss benefits, the health benefits include improved gut health and enhanced immune function.
9. Nuts & Seeds
These little morsels pack a powerful nutritional punch. Regularly eating nuts such as almonds, pecans and walnuts, and seeds like hemp, pumpkin, sunflower and chia, can reduce inflammation and also provide heart healthy poly and mono-unsaturated fats, filling fiber and essential minerals. Try a handful of nuts and seeds in your morning granola, a good mixture means that you are getting all of the benefits that each type provides.
Our favorite are chia seeds which can be sprinkled on oatmeal or added to your favorite smoothie. They are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, they are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega 3 fatty acids and many micronutrients. We simply can’t get enough of these midget gems!
We saved the best until last and did you know that avocados are not just tasty? They contain lots of heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats and are an excellent source of soluble fiber (between 11 and 17 grams per avocado) meaning they will keep you fuller for longer. Avocado toast is a favorite but have you tried eggs baked in avocado? Just as delicious, which is great news for our belly fat and our avo cravings.