Ever had your belly fat get in the way of the zipper on your favourite jeans trousers? Or is your bulge preventing you from buttoning up that crisp dress shirt you’ve been meaning to wear out? If your answer to both of these questions is yes, do not despair, the cavalry has arrived.
While there are several workout routines that help reduce belly fat, it is important to note that having the right diet is key in ridding yourself of that bulge. There are foods which contain nutrients that can help you battle the fat around your stomach without breaking a sweat and here are some delightful options to do just that.
Whether you like cashew nuts, almond nuts or just plain ground nuts, eating nuts can help you fight belly fat and here’s why. Nuts pack many nutrients and vitamins that reduce your body’s craving for food by making you feel fuller for longer periods. However, because nuts contain many calories, you should go easy on them. An ideal way to do it is to have them as snacks between meals. Just be sure to remember that when it comes to nuts, moderation is key.
Described as the weight loss food of choice, beans pack a perfect ratio of fibre and protein which helps keep you full for longer. What’s great about them is that unlike other proteins, they have low calories and can be eaten many times in a day.
Fish is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which repair muscles and hold off those cravings by keeping you feeling satisfied longer. In addition, they prevent an accumulation of body fat, so fish is just what you need to be eating if your are thinking of reducing your bulge. Think of canned tuna, sardines or even salmon when you’re making a salad. Just be sure to skip the fatty mayo or try greek yogurt instead.
Just as proteins help reduce calorie count and fight body fat, there are some helpful food options that pack the right kind of nutrients and vitamins to help you on your quest to a trimmer waist.
If you grew up in Ghana, you’re probably no stranger to Oats for breakfast or as a late night snack. Because Oatmeal is a whole grain, it is a healthy food choice and is also fiber-rich with no saturated fat. An added advantage is that, it boosts your energy which means you are more likely to move around more which is a great workout on your abdominal area. To make sure you’re getting the best out of your oatmeal, don’t put in too much sugar. An ideal way to do it is to have it with banana slices. Bananas are sweet and contain potassium which helps keep stomach bloat at bay.
There aren’t many meals that can be made without allium vegetables; no matter what you are making, onions, garlic, shallots or scallions are bound to find their way in your meals. Which is a good thing because alliums contain prebiotic fibre that helps prevent fat from being stored around the belly area. When we eat, our body usually digests the foods and absorbs all the calories but prebiotic fibres interfere with the absorption of those calories meaning your abdomen is less likely to pack on any fat. So make sure to get that extra serving of onions next time you’re eating your kenkey and pepper. Just remember to have some breath mints on hand.
Increasing your protein intake raises your metabolism allowing your body to burn calories and fat while digesting them. By consuming more protein you’re urging your body on to use more energy, limiting the fat that could build up around your gut area. Be sure that you compliment eating proteins with healthy dishes so that you can continue moving in the right direction of fighting the belly fat. Just like Alliums, there are some other food options that can help you in the same way.
Hope you found these suggestions helpful, enjoy the rest of your week.
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