Superfoods for a Flat Belly - dummies

By Erin Palinski-Wade, Tara Gidus, Kristina LaRue

Part of Flat Belly Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Many foods are healthy for you, but not all foods contain powerful nutrients that actually target fat, helping to burn it off for good. But that’s exactly what these superfoods contain! Incorporating the following foods into your meal plan on a regular basis is a great way to maximize results for a slim, sexy waistline:

  • Blueberries: Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, giving them powerful anti-inflammatory properties. (Wild blueberries have an even richer antioxidant content than cultivated blueberries do.)

    In addition, a study out of the University of Michigan found that when rats were fed a diet containing blueberries consistently over a three-month period, they showed a significant reduction in abdominal fat. In addition, blueberries helped to lower triglycerides and insulin resistance, making them a potent fighter against heart disease and diabetes.

  • Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds contain a high level of omega-3 fatty acids, which not only have strong anti-inflammatory properties, but also help to regulate stress hormones such as cortisol. By preventing stress hormones from peaking, omega-3 fatty acids can help you store less belly fat.

  • Low-fat yogurt: Diets rich in dairy have been shown to be effective in reducing body fat, especially in the midsection, which may be due, in part, to their calcium and arginine content. Calcium helps to regulating how fat is stored and broken down by the body, while the amino acid arginine has been shown to help promote fat loss and increase muscle mass.

  • Spinach: This dark, green leafy vegetable is a fantastic source of vitamin C, which studies have shown helps to return the stress hormone cortisol to normal levels after a stressful situation. This means that stress hormones will be circulating in your body for shorter amounts of time, helping to fight against belly-fat storage.