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Foods That Banish Belly Fat

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By    |   Friday, 08 January 2021 10:28 AM

In the battle of the bulge, nutritionists say we should pay extra attention to getting rid of belly fat. It’s a signal that your organs are storing too much fat which can cause health concerns.

“Visceral fat, or what we commonly call belly fat, is more than the fat you see on your body and can pinch between your fingers,” notes Tara Gidus Collingwood, RD.

“It’s the layer of fat deep inside the body that forms between your organs. And even though you cannot see it, if you have an increased amount of subcutaneous fat, the fat you CAN see and pinch, it’s likely that that you also have a large amount of visceral fat.

Collingwood, co-author of the “Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies,” tells Newsmax the more belly fat you have, the more dangerous it is to your health.

“Visceral fat is so toxic that research has linked it to everything from an increased risk of heart disease, to metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, gallstones, certain cancers, and even dementia,” she notes.

Now for the good news: Collingwood says that science has uncovered foods that help blast away belly fat. Here are her top 10 choices:

Salmon. Inflammation caused by an imbalance in your gut which can turn on your fat genes, leading you to gain weight around your belly. Salmon is a super anti-inflammatory food and contains omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to reduce belly fat storage. It also helps to control the hormone levels like cortisol, a common culprit of increased fat storage in the midsection.

Apples. These summer and fall favorites fruits are great belly fat fighters because they are high in fiber. Fiber allows foods to be slowly digested, which controls the response of insulin and helps stabilize blood sugar — giving an added boost to the fight against fat.

Almonds. Not all fats are created equal, and some are helpful in reducing belly fat. Stock up on almonds for snacking because they are high in monounsaturated fat which reduces the accumulation of fat around the belly.

Popcorn. Here is another handy snack food that is a great belly-flattening treat and it is so low in calories, you can eat a lot of it. Purchase loose corn kernels or low-fat and low- sodium microwave popcorn to help reduce your sodium intake and keep calories in check.

Green teaThis powerhouse beverage contains the flavonoid quercetin which not only boosts the immune system and promotes heart health, but also helps fight belly fat. It works by blocking fat cells from maturing and inhibits the rate of new fat cell formation. According to CBS News, three cups daily also revs up your metabolism and helps burn fat.

Eggs. One of the best ways to protect yourself against visceral fat is to strengthen and protect your muscles. Muscle burns energy on a regular basis, so it steals energy away from fat cells — especially belly fat cells — to sustain itself. For under 80 calories, an egg provides six grams of muscle-building protein.

Spinach.  Noted expert David Zinczenko, author of Zero Belly Diet, says that leafy greens like spinach can reduce inflammation and help turn off fat storage genes, according to CNN.

Greek yogurt.  According to CBS News, a cup of yogurt daily helps the good bacteria in your gut flourish to reduce gas and tummy bloating. It also has an excellent balance of protein and carbohydrates that helps stabilize insulin.

BananasWhen you are sleep deprived, the levels of ghrelin called the “hungry hormone” skyrocket while the levels of leptin, the hormone that signals satiety, plummet. As a result, studies show you are more likely to eat more the next day and the foods you choose are the ones that typically increase belly fat. So, if you are having trouble falling asleep, eat a banana, which is an excellent source of the muscle relaxing ingredients magnesium and potassium.

Cayenne pepperThis popular spice not only burns your tongue, it helps burn away belly fat. Daily consumption of one of the compounds found in pepper seeds, called capsaicin, speeds up abdominal loss by boosting the body’s ability to convert food into energy, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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