5 Foods that Can Flatten Your Belly


5 Foods that Can Flatten Your Belly
The key isn’t in the foods that you avoid- it’s actually in the foods you need to start eating!

By Erin Palinski RD, CDE, LDN, CPT for GalTime.com

Diets that promise to banish belly fat are all the rage, but what about these weight loss plans makes them burn belly fat more effectively than other weight loss plans?


The key isn't in the foods that you avoid- it's actually in the foods you start eating. That's right-in order to fight belly fat you need to eat MORE! But not just more of any food; you want to start increasing your intake of foods and nutrients that have been proven to shrink unsightly and unhealthy belly fat.

In my upcoming book, Belly Fat Diet for Dummies, I reveal many foods and nutrients that actually help your body start to burn fat more effectively, bringing you long lasting, belly-flattening results. To get started with your own belly-fighting efforts, begin by adding in these 5 simple foods at least a few times per week. You will be amazed at the results!

Already known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, blueberries may have another surprising benefit- they can shrink belly fat! A study at the University of Michigan found that when rats were fed a diet containing blueberries consistently over a three month period, they showed a significant reduction in abdominal fat. And even better- triglyceride levels dropped and insulin sensitivity increased meaning this delicious berry may also help to fight heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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A recent study found that when obese adults consumed half a grapefruit or four ounces of 100% grapefruit juice before three main meals, they experienced a significant decrease in both body weight and waist circumference. This may be due to the high water content of the grapefruit helping these individuals to feel satisfied, helping them reduce their portions of other foods. And one extra belly-fighting benefit of grapefruit- it contains diuretic properties helping you shed unwanted water weight which can bloat your belly.

Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are not only strong anti-inflammatory nutrients, but they also help to regulate stress hormones. When stress hormones such as cortisol are elevated in your body, it causes your body to store more fat- specifically belly fat. However, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent cortisol levels and other stress hormones from peaking, meaning less of these hormones are circulating in your body, and therefore you start to store less belly fat.

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Low Fat Greek Yogurt
You've probably heard that "milk does a body good" but did you know dairy products can also do your belly good? Diets rich in dairy have been shown to be effective in reducing body fat, especially in the midsection. These findings may be in part due to calcium's crucial role in regulating how fat is stored and broken down by the body.

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