Losing weight is just as much about the foods you eat proactively as the foods you go to great lengths to avoid.
The phrase “abs are made in the kitchen” wasn’t coined for no reason. You can exercise all day if you’d like, but if you’re still not eating properly, you will never get down to the body fat percentage necessary for your six pack to show.
While there is no proven way to burn fat from a specific part of your body (rather, fat is shed uniformly throughout your body), tweaking your diet can provide the last few steps necessary to burn those couple pounds that are around your belly. Whenever possible, eat the following foods to cut belly fat.
Cold Water Fish
If you’re like most Americans, you eat a diet fairly high in red meat. While steak is delicious and burgers are pervasive throughout pretty much every venue or celebratory occasion, the consumption of red meat has two distinct shortcomings. First of all, red meat tends to be high in saturated fat. Secondly, you probably aren’t getting nearly enough Omega-3 fatty acids.
Consuming cold water fish on a semi-regular basis solves both of these problems. Not only are fish such as tuna and salmon low in saturated fat and high in protein, they’re also extremely high in Omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA (the better, more functional versions of the kind you would find in Flaxseed or other vegetarian options). Replace beef with fish at least once a week and you’ll save yourself a considerable amount of calories and saturated fat in the process.
Believe it or not, almonds are possibly the best snack you could ever ask for. If you read the nutritional information you may not initially think so, but in reality almonds are extremely high in protein, mono and polyunsaturated fats, fiber and nutrients.
The fiber helps keep you full, something that few snacks actually do these days, and the nutrients ensure that your body has the weapons it needs to function optimally (and burn fat in the process). Go for the unsalted variety. A handful a day in place of a processed snack-cake will do you wonders.
Yogurt, specifically the nonfat variety, is an excellent source of protein and calcium. Studies have shown that individuals who consume non or low-fat dairy products consistently lose about 20% more weight than those who don’t, and yogurt is a fantastic start. Try the Greek variety; with double the protein and half the natural sugars, it’s even better than its conventional sibling.
Few people think of adding water to their diet, but doing so could actually be the most beneficial adjustment you make all year. For starters, jettisoning sugar-laden sodas and other drinks in favor of calorie free water can cause you to shed a few pounds a week alone. If you’re not ingesting a significant amount of calories in liquid form already, then drinking more water will still ensure that you are always properly hydrated, and your body can manage waste (including extra fat) properly.