7 Foods That Burn Belly Fat

Posted by Robbie MacNeil on Jan 30, 2011 in Nutrition | 14 comments

7 Foods That Burn Belly Fat

Believe it or not there are actually foods that burn belly fat. Instead of food adding inches to your belly, you can actually eat foods that will help you melt away that spare tire and lose stubborn belly fat faster than ever.

Yes, you read that right – you can actually eat foods that provide the quickest way to lose weight. These foods specifically target the belly area in women and men. When you include them in your diet, it will burn belly fat away faster than without these foods.

Monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs are one of the important fat burning foods to learn about. MUFAs are the healthy fats that target the fat around your belly area. It is relatively simple to add these to the foods to your daily diet.

We often get caught up in the amount of saturated fat or monounsaturated fat found in foods. The reality is that it’s not the fat itself that is the problem; the problem lies in the processing of fats. Most people are concerned with eliminating all fat from their muscle mass diet but the good ones are actually beneficial to your health.

Mufa’s make a great snack and burn belly fat fast

There are several MUFAs available to cook with or add to your meals to shrink belly fat. You can use any of the following oils in your meals to accelerate your belly fat loss: soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, peanut oil, or sesame oil.

Seeds and nuts also contain MUFAs and will help accelerate your fat loss. These make great snacks – just watch out for nuts that are heavily salted or have a sugar coating added. Plain and natural are your best choice to burn belly fat.

Avocados and olives are a great way to add MUFAs to your diet. Including chocolate in your diet plan may sound crazy but dark chocolate chips or shavings and semisweet chocolate chips can make a delicious, belly fat burning treat.

We have made a list of some super foods to help shrink your spare tire and reduce that belly fat fast:

#1 – A great morning snack that will help you lower your blood sugar levels is oatmeal. Just watch out for the sugary flavored ones. Stick with the natural and you can add berries later.

#2 – Protein powder is another great way to get rid of belly fat. Protein powder contains amino acids that help burn fat and build muscle.

#3 – Eggs provide you with vitamin B12 which your body needs to metabolize fat. Studies have shown that people who ate eggs for breakfast every day lost more weight than those who ate bagels.

#4 – Beans are another low calorie food packed with protein and fibre which will help you tone up and lose weight.

#5 – Lean meats and fish use more calories for digestion than carbs or fat.

#6 - Fish are full of omega 3’s which help prevent the release of stress chemicals that promote fat abs.

#7 – Green vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals, are loaded with fibre and have fewer calories than many other foods. Salads go great with any meal.

I hope these tips help! Stay lean.

Chris York
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Author – Motivate Fitness “Lean 4 Ever”

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14 Responses to “7 Foods That Burn Belly Fat”

  1. I was very surprised when my doctor informed me that I had developed impaired blood fasting sugar.
    I have always been a very active person and I thought that my eating habits were healthy. It turns out being reared in the south that my diet included way too many carbohydrates. So I started to do the things mentioned in this article. I started to eat right and developed an exercise program that I could live with. At this point I have lost 28 pounds and lowered my blood pressure to 120 over 80. I did this within 6 months time. I feel so good about myself that I know this new lifestyle will stick. The most surprising thing that I learned though is the importance of drinking water. To lose fat, water is the key, apart from the proper diet choice and exercise. How does drinking water help in fat loss?

    * It curbs hunger: Water is a natural appetite suppressant. Insufficient fluid can lead to over eating. Your brain does not differentiate between hunger and thirst. If there there is a slight dehydration the thirst mechanism may be mistaken for hunger and one may eat when the body is actually craving for water. In other words, when you think you are hungry, your body may in fact be telling you that you are thirsty!
    As most food contains some water, if you don’t drink enough water, you may be subconsciously driven to eat more to gain the necessary water supply and as a result, you gain more calories and more weight!

    * Water makes you feel full. Because it is filling and calorie free, water is part of the solution when it comes to weight loss and maintenance. Water takes up room in your stomach, making you feel full. This means you’ll eat less and feel less hungry.

    * It replaces sugary drinks: A half-cup of fruit juice contains between 45 and 80 calories. Sodas, sugary drinks and shakes all contain calories. By drinking them, you would be adding a considerable number of calories. On the other hand water has zero calories. So, to replace sugary drinks and cut down on your calories, keep a glass of water in your hand and sip it instead of grabbing a mixed drink or any other type of drink.

    * Water boosts your metabolism. The findings are reported in the December issue, 2003 of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The researchers Michael Boschmann, MD, and colleagues from Berlin’s Franz-Volhard Clinical Research Center tracked energy expenditures among seven men and seven women who were healthy and not overweight. The subjects, after drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, increases the rate of burning calories by 30% within the time frame of 30-40 minutes.

    A person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately 5 pounds in a year. Increase metabolism means increase the calorie burn and fat loss. This is how you can achieve fat loss by drinking water.

    Though people may have different opinions about fat loss by drinking water, water can surely curb hunger and encourage you to replace high-calorie drinks. Water is one of the best ways to keep your mouth busy without adding calories, and also, drinking water has other health benefits as well.

    How Many Glasses of Water Should You Drink Each Day?

    One rule of thumb is to drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day or approximately 2 liters. While this is not a bad starting point, I recommend you determine how much water you need by your weight. Take your weight in lbs and divide it by 2. The result is the amount of water in ounces that you should drink per day.

    If it is hot outside, or you are exercising you want to increase that basic water requirement by a few more glasses.

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