EAT OATMEAL FOR BREAKFAST
Cook up some oatmeal—and top it with some fruit. What’s so magical about this combination? Each provides insoluble fiber that helps reduce blood cholesterol and feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut. By doing so, you trigger your gut to produce butyrate, a fatty acid that reduces fat-causing inflammation throughout your body
Drink ginger iced tea with mint and lemon to reduce bloat. Ginger naturally aids in digestion, mint helps to reduce gas, and lemon juice is rich in antioxidants. You can drink this all day long.
3 bags of ginger tea
1 cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups of water
2 cups of ice
In a large pitcher, steep ginger tea bags and chopped mint for 5-10 minutes. Strain mixture to remove bags and leaves. Add lemon juice. Stir and serve. Keep fresh in refrigerator.
Sip green tea. Participants in one study who exercised and drank 2 or more cups of green tea per day lost about six times more belly fat than those who drank none.
WALK IT OUT
Researchers from the University of Virginia found that women who did three shorter, fast-paced walks a week (plus two longer, moderate-paced ones) lost 5 times more belly fat than those who simply strolled at a moderate speed 5 days a week, even though both groups burned exactly the same number of calories (400) per workout. Those power walking also dropped more than 2 inches from their waistlines, pared about 3 times more fat from their thighs, shed 4 times more total body fat, and lost almost 8 pounds over 16 weeks—all without dieting!
Great for slimming down your waistline, low in calories, and jam packed with fiber. Add to your oatmeal in the morning or for a snack during the day.
EAT GREEK YOGURT
A recent study found that those who ate three yogurts a day while dieting lost 81% more belly fat than people who didn’t eat yogurt. All study participants were directed to eat 500 calories less per day. Eat about 6 ounces of low-fat Greek yogurt before every meal. Why? It’s thought that calcium can help stop fat from entering your cells, improve your body’s ability to break down fat and help your body carry out fat through your bowel movements.
SHED EXTRA POUNDS WITH MUFA’s
MUFAs, or monounsaturated fatty acids, are the cornerstone of a flat belly. These are plant-based fats, so the easiest way to remember them is to look for healthy fats that aren’t from animal sources, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, oils and olives. A study done through the American Diabetic Association found that a diet rich in MUFAs worked to reduce belly fat.