Belly fat isn’t attractive, but its worst quality is that it increases your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and other deadly diseases. In most of us, belly fat tends to be stubborn, but some foods can give you an advantage in your battle to banish the bulge. Watermelon, for instance, is an ideal food to melt belly fat, according to the American Dietetic Association.
A study conducted at the University of Kentucky found that drinking two glasses of watermelon juice every day for eight weeks helped people lose weight — especially belly fat — and didn’t reduce muscle mass.
The magic component may be the amino acid arginine. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that adding arginine to the diets of obese mice decreased body fat by 64 percent in only three months.
Five additional foods that will help you beat belly fat are:
Green tea. Green tea contains polyphenols called catechins. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea increased the body’s ability to burn fat. Taking 690 milligrams of catechins for 12 weeks reduced the subjects’ total fat, including a significant reduction in waist circumference. A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that volunteers who took green tea extract increased fat oxidation, which aids in weight loss, by 25 percent when compared to a placebo group. A further study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that the EGCG (which contains the highest concentration of catechins) and caffeine found in green tea significantly increased resting metabolic rates. Drink at least four cups of green tea each day.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes may be a secret weapon in the war against belly fat. A study in the journal Nutritionfound that women who drank eight ounces of tomato juice daily for eight weeks dropped almost an inch from their waists without dieting or making other lifestyle changes such as exercising. Tomatoes contain 9-oxo-ODA (9-oxo-10,12-octadecadienoic acid), a compound that lowers lipids in the blood, which helps control belly fat.
Eggs. High-quality protein, such as in eggs, can help you lose belly fat. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who followed a diet moderately high in protein lost 38 percent more fat than people who followed a diet moderately high in carbohydrates. It takes more calories to break down protein, and protein also helps control hunger so you don’t want to eat as much.
Walnuts. In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, more than 1,200 adults were divided into three groups. One group followed a Mediterranean diet and ate an ounce of nuts — mostly walnuts — every day. The second group also followed a Mediterranean diet, but it was supplemented with olive oil, and the third group served as a control. Only the group eating nuts lost belly fat. Walnuts, almonds, and other nuts contain healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which keep you feeling satisfied.
Blueberries. Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, which are phytonutrients that help burn belly fat. A study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor found that rats who got 2 percent of their daily calories from blueberry powder lost all of their belly fat in only three months. Researchers say anthocyanins regulate fat metabolism, and people might get similar results by eating a cup of blueberries each day.
By Sylvia Booth Hubbard
Sunday, 02 Aug 2015 23:05 PM
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