The countdown to summer has begun, and so has the realization that it’s time for your beach body to make a debut. We’ve all experienced the winter weight gain and we know how challenging it can be to shed those pounds in time for summer. By eating these foods you’ll speed up your metabolism and burn that belly fat in no time.
Despite being high in fat, avocados are actually one of the most nutritious foods to feed your body. They contain what is known as “good fat.” Avocados have omega-3 fatty acids. Not only do these acids provide anti-inflammatory benefits (goodbye belly fat), but they also support cardiovascular health, blood sugar regulation and offer anti-cancer benefits. So slice one up, throw it in a big salad or simply eat it plain. Either way, avocados are a delicious and healthy option.
These scrumptious little berries pack quite the punch. They contain catechins, which can help you get the belly you want by activating fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells. Another bonus? They’re one of the richest sources of proanthocyanidins, which are known to decrease free radical levels in your body and reduce the wrinkling of skin.
Not only is Greek yogurt loaded with vitamins, but it also helps maintain weight loss. The fat in your body produces the hormone cortisol, which causes your body to retain fat. By eating yogurt, the calcium signals your fat cells to produce less cortisol, thus allowing less fat to accumulate.
The breakfast food we all know and love is actually a great belly fat burner. Oats, which are very high in dietary fiber, make you feel full for longer periods of time. Breakfast foods that are high in fat and sugar taste great, but leave you hungry after an hour or so. By starting off your day with a bowl of oatmeal you can give your body all the strength and energy it needs to carry you through the day.
Besides the anti-inflammatory benefits, lemons can help your digestive system, clear up your skin, maintain your pH levels, and cleanse your body of toxins. Put lemon slices in your water bottle, or squeeze some into a cup of hot water before bed. It may not sound the most appetizing, but it’s a quick step to get your summer body back.