Melting stubborn belly fat can be as easy as adding certain nutrients to you diet. Instead of obsessing over calories, think instead about adding nutrients that help you feel satisfied longer. You’ll reduce belly fat faster—and, more importantly–keep it off for good.
Here are three foods that can help you lose your belly fat.
Try flax. These edible seeds are one of the power-plants of nutrition, offering up a mix of fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acids that both satiates your appetite and helps get rid of your belly fat. In one Harvard University study, people who added about 3 to 4 tablespoons of flax to their daily diets dropped 37 percent more weight than dieters who didn’t eat this powerful ingredient.
If you’re bothered by how to lose belly fat, eat 2 tablespoons of the slightly nutty seeds per day. Add them to smoothies or shakes, top your salad with them, or try a new recipe such as flaxseed-breaded chicken.
Add chia seed. Perfect for women who are always hungry, chia has an impressive fiber content; ounce for ounce, it’s nearly triple that of oat bran. Also rich in protein and minerals, the seeds contain 50 percent more calcium than milk as well as the same healthy levels of omega-3 fatty acids you get from salmon.
Eat 15 grams of chia seeds per day—that’s roughly 2 tablespoons. Sprinkle it on salads, yogurt, anything else you eat; you won’t even notice it’s there.
Wheat germ. In addition to being rich in appetite-easing fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, this nutrient-dense kernel contains a bevy of B vitamins to help boost metabolism and fight one of the hidden factors that derail the best-laid diet plans: stress.
Wheat germ is readily and cheaply available at grocery stores. Add two tablespoons into your morning cereal before you add the milk; mix it into your favorite ‘anytime’ smoothie recipe; and sprinkle it over popcorn for a satisfying snack.