Fat that accumulates around the abdomen or stomach is often the hardest to lose. No matter how many sit-ups or crunches you do, belly fat does not go away without using proper diet and nutrition. A handful of foods are especially important to include in your diet if you want to attack stubborn belly fat. Combine these with plenty of water, a lot of exercise and plenty of sleep and be well on your way to a flatter stomach
If you find yourself craving sweets in the morning and again before lunch, try replacing your favorite cereal or bowl with a bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal is full of fiber and will help you to feel full longer. The fiber in oatmeal will regulate blood-sugar levels, warding off the drops in blood sugar that usually lead you to sweets and snacks between meals. Make sure you eat plain oatmeal and flavor it with fresh fruit instead of sugar and syrup.
Protein is extremely important for proper metabolism. Many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts drink protein shakes on a regular basis. This will not only increase your metabolism but will also eliminate hunger cravings, lower cholesterol and encourage your body to use fat for energy instead of muscle.
Do not like the taste of the shakes? You can get protein from other sources, including lean meats and fish. For best results, you should have at least one serving of protein within an hour after your workout.
Berries are another great diet as well if you’re trying to lose belly fat or fat from any area of the body. Berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are another great source of fiber, and will again help you to feel full longer between meals. Jelly made of berries is not an acceptable alternative to the berries themselves as most gel no longer has any fiber content and has been mixed with tons of extra sugar.
Seafood, as mentioned previously, a major source of protein. Seafood also contains essential amino acids such as omega-3 fatty acids your body needs to maintain proper immune function and overall health. The best sources of omega-3s include salmon and tuna.
Green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and romaine lettuce are full not only with vitamins and minerals, but with much fiber too. They also have low calorie count. If you eat a salad before each meal, you will not feel as hungry and will not fill up on high calorie foods later.
Tip: iceberg lettuce has little fiber. Stick to Romaine, arugula and spinach when making salads instead.