30 Foods Proven to Burn Belly Fat and It’s Not a Diet
Chewing chili peppers speeds up your body’s metabolism, which helps you shed some of that extra weight. And chomping down on chili is a great way of clearing up your sinuses. If you want to keep it healthy, eat actual chilis, and stay away from those sauces with a skull and crossbones on the label!
Beans are packed with plant-based proteins that make you feel full, so you’ll actually eat fewer calories over the course of the day. Beans are so important, there’s even a National Bean Day, January 6th!
Peas have nutrients in them that reduce bloating. Pop a tin of peas into your next pasta sauce! Chickpeas aren’t peas... or chicks. But they are delicious. About a hundred years ago, roasted chickpeas were used as a coffee substitute... eww! But eating a handful of chickpeas will do wonders for your immune system, and they help you lose weight.
With more fiber than quinoa and more potassium than a banana, pumpkins are a nutritional powerhouse. The pumpkin capital of the world is Morton, Illinois. When you’re in the mood for pumpkin, don’t forget about the seeds. A pile of pumpkin seeds has as much protein in it as beef jerky. Plus they have fiber and zinc!
Tuna’s full of lean protein and omega 3. It’s good for your eyes, your brain, and your heart, and getting rid of that belly fat!
Salmon’s also great for weight loss. It’s packed with vitamin D and B6, a good kind of fat, and a large number of minerals. D and B6 are supposed to help reduce stress and increase happiness. (smiling) See?
Pickles are full of water, vinegar, and fiber... and have almost no calories. Not only that, but acidic foods like vinegar also help your body burn carbs more efficiently. Pickles are ancient, and they’ve always been used for health. The Egyptian queen Cleopatra swore they made her look beautiful!
Who would have thought that potatoes would be the answer to reducing belly fat? They’re filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a large dose of potassium. And they’re packed with energy and are easily digestible. Just, you know, don’t eat French Fries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s probably not that much potato in French Fries anyway.
Greek yogurt has probiotics in it that boost immunity and help your gut function properly. And it stops you from bloating! Plain, unsweetened is the best kind. Hey, you don’t want to eat a bunch of sugar when you’re trying to lose weight! If you’ve still got some yogurt left over after lunch, try treating yourself to a yogurt facial. Just don’t forget to wipe it off.
You might see Kefir at some Mediterranean restaurants. It’s also now in many grocery stores. It’s basically another kind of yogurt, except it’s super creamy and perfect for smoothies.
Sauerkraut is low in calories, high in fiber, and has probiotics. It also has digestive enzymes that help you break down starch and fat. It even helps keep your blood sugar stable. Gimme 1 hot dog with sauerkraut... hey, hold the hot dog!
Oats have probiotics, and prebiotics...hey, they got it all. They actually feed the good bacteria inside you, how thoughtful! Oats have tons of fiber to keep that cholesterol down, and that fat is gone. Now it’s time to go nuts! Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios all help keep your cravings at bay. They leave you feeling full for longer... and they’ve got amino acids to help burn your tummy fat. Almonds are alpha. They supercharge your metabolism and help you lose weight fast.
Blueberries are terrible for white t-shirts, but awesome for your body. They’re an antioxidant super-food, with zero cholesterol, tons of vitamin C, and less sugar than most other fruits. These superfoods help you lose weight by giving your body the nutrients it needs to burn that fat off.
In cereals, oatmeal, smoothies... raspberries just make everything taste better. They’re high in fiber, which means you’ll be toxin-free and bloat-free in no time. They have even less sugar in them than blueberries!
The magnesium and potassium in bananas get to work on all that salty, processed food you ate last night. Yeah, I saw you! They’re the ideal pre-workout food because the potassium in them helps your nerves and muscles function properly while you’re lifting, running, or swimming.
A little olive oil leaves you feeling full, which helps you eat less! You can just gulp down a spoonful, or put it in a salad, fry up some veggies in it... you can even use it as a moisturizer! Plus it’s anti-inflammatory and has antioxidants. Olive oil also has a National Day: June 1st!
Eggs are pretty much the whole package, just don’t eat too many. They’re rich in protein and have unsaturated fats, that’s the good kind, along with enough vitamins and minerals to build up your immune system and promote better vision. As long as you’re not popping them like Skittles, they can keep you from craving more, and gaining more!
Lentils are packed with plant-based protein. That and all the fiber they have keeps you feeling full for ages. Love lentils a little too much? Head over to the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Washington.
Refined grains make you put on weight, but whole grains are ideal for a slimmer waist. That’s because whole grains help you balance your daily sodium intake. Switch to brown rice, faro, whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pasta... you won’t regret it!
Quinoa has every single essential amino acid in it, which means it’s a complete source of protein. Add in fiber and other essential nutrients... and you can see why it’s called the “mother of all grains.” NASA proposed quinoa as the ideal food for future, long-duration space flights.
Sodium causes bloating, but spinach is ready to help. It has the same amount of Omega-3 as a Cod liver oil capsule, and it’s loaded with antioxidants. It’ll keep you thin and can help improve your memory, it might even help you remember your best friend’s birthday!
Kale has just 30 calories per cup, so duh, it’s a great weight-loss food. A cup of kale has enough vitamins A and K to meet the recommended daily requirements! That’s why kale’s in like every smoothie these days.
Cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are low in calories, making them a dieter’s dream. These veggies have something called phytonutrients... that sounds healthy, right? The average American ate about 6 lb of broccoli last year, but if you wanna lose weight, you’re gonna have to eat a whole lot more!
Eating avocados every day is known to slim down that waist. It’s one of the most delicious superfoods. It’s nutrient-dense, it has healthy fats, it can lower your cholesterol... not bad! Avocados don’t just live in guacamole, they can go on bread, and in salads... some ultra-marathoners take avocados with them on their races. It refuels them better than any power bar!
If you woke up feeling bloated, munch on some tomatoes, their high water content can help. Remember bloating comes from eating too much salt, so anything with a bunch of water in it’s gonna make you feel much better!
Citrus fruits pack a triple whammy in the fight against belly fat. The potassium in them helps fight bloating, and the antioxidants fight inflammation. Citrus fruits have a high water content, just like tomatoes!
Every citrus is a little different. Grapefruits help clear up your skin, limes give you a super concentrated blast of vitamin C, and those tiny little clementines... they’re just delicious.
Use plenty of herbs and spices in your food. The more flavor your cooking has, the less salt you’ll put in. And spices aren’t just for flavor. Things like cinnamon, ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper... they’re all super healthy!