Superfoods That Help Blast Belly Fat

by - April 05, 2018

I am not a nutritionist nor am I a medical professional or fitness knowall. Though after hours of research for my own personal postpartum weight loss journey I have compiled a short and tasty list of superfoods that will help you (and I) blast away belly fat. Belly fat seems to be a stubborn area for many woman especially moms. This comes from our hormones and the way a woman's body delivers calories. Belly fat is more than a cosmetic nuisance. It also includes visceral fat — which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs. Visceral fat is linked with far more dangerous health problems, including: Heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, High blood pressure, Abnormal cholesterol, Breathing problems. Research also has associated belly fat with an increased risk of premature death — regardless of overall weight. So in the act of taking charge of our lives here is a list of superfoods to help blast belly fat. 

  • Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds are high in unsaturated fats, omega-3, fiber, & vitamin E.  Unsaturated fats or "the good fats" are believed to lower bad cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids are a healthy form of fatty acids that help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel fuller longer, so you eat less. Resulting in weight loss. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes. Vitamin E helps stop the development of plaques in your arteries. 
  • Dairy
Milk and dairy are considered nutrient-rich because they serve as good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other essential nutrients. They provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B12, and riboflavin.
  • Beans
Beans are super healthy, versatile and affordable. Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management.
  • Oatmeal 

Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds such as: Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Folate, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin B3. One half cup of oatmeal a day will give you all of these benefits plus 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of fiber, coming in at less than 300 calories.
  • Lean Meats
Lean meats are a good source of protein and have fewer calories. Lean meats such as eggs, turkey and chicken are a good source of selenium, vitamins B3 and B6, and choline. Ground poultry is also a great lean substitute for ground beef.

  • Peanut & Nut Butters
A serving of peanut butter has 3 mg of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, 49 mg of bone-building magnesium, 208 mg of muscle-friendly potassium, and 0.17 mg of immunity-boosting vitamin B6. Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.
  • Whole Grains
Whole grains are packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. 

  • Berries 
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, called anthocyanins, that may help keep memory sharp as you age, and raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties. All berries are great sources of fiber, a nutrient important for a healthy digestive system.

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