Earlier this year I wrote about visceral fat, also known as “hidden” fat that is stored deep inside the belly, wrapping around the internal organs including the liver and the intestines.
Having excessive belly fat increases the risk of premature death even if you are not overweight.
To maintain a healthy weight and minimize belly fat, lifestyle change is often necessary. Your food choices and what you spend your time doing MATTERS.
Here are 7 Foods that can help support healthy weight balance and improved visceral/belly fat:
1. Beans – Beans are high in fiber and are a good source of magnesium, potassium, folate, and zinc. Beans are rich in soluble fiber (gel and expand in water). The fiber in beans feeds the good bacteria in your gut, which help manage inflammation and support healthy digestion. Chronic inflammation is a cause of increases weight and visceral fat.
2. Salmon – Salmon is rich in protein, potassium and other minerals, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fats are in the “healthy fats” family versus bad fats like trans fats found in most processed foods. To get rid of excess weight and belly fat, replace foods with bad fats with foods with good fats like salmon, avocados, nuts, and seeds. Omega 3 also decreases inflammation and supports heart and brain health.
3. Red Bell Pepper – These veggies are rich in antioxidant vitamins including vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene. Bell peppers also contain the compound capsaicin, which is helpful in fat burning and appetite balance.
4. Yogurt – According to research, when yogurt is included regularly in the diet, it helps boost the body’s ability to burn fat, enhance metabolism, and lose weight. Of course, this does not apply to those with a dairy allergy or sensitivity! If dairy works for you body, it is considered a superfood and is rich in protein and probiotics (added good bacteria for your gut).
5. Apple Cider Vinegar – The acetic acid in vinegar can boost the body’s metabolism and support healthy blood sugar levels, but as a head’s up, taking vinegar without dilution can cause damage to the teeth, esophagus, and throat. So, here’s what you can do: Two tablespoons of vinegar (apple cider or red wine) can be diluted in 8 ounces of water and spread out in 2-3 doses throughout the whole day and/or added to salads or other parts of your meal.
6. Edamame – These green soybeans are packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, iron, and magnesium.They are also a high-fiber and high-protein food that will help you feel full and satisfied.
7. Broccoli – Broccoli is 90% water and contains a good amount of fiber. In addition, it contains carotenoids, a natural plant compound that induces fat burning so helps with weight balance.I hope this info is helpful for you to maintain a weight and body fat level that feels healthy for you.
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