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Top 16 Foods That Never Fail to Melt Stubborn Belly Fat

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

6. Olive Oil

Olive oil is a staple in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet.

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In a study on breast cancer survivors, an olive oil-enriched plant-based diet group experienced a greater weight loss than The National Cancer Institute’s diet group.

The women in the olive oil group experienced a weight loss of at least 5% of baseline weight in just 8 weeks. Nearly all of the women in this group continued the olive oil diet for another 6 months after the study.

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This just goes to show how satisfying the diet can be and how easy it is to follow. In fact, the researchers concluded that the plant-based olive oil diet was “more efficacious for weight loss in breast cancer survivors than a standard lower-fat diet.”(13)

7. Almonds

Almonds are one of the best foods that help burn belly fat, especially for women.

High-quality protein, like the ones found in almonds, significantly reduces the risk of gaining belly fat and regaining lost belly weight (14,15,16).

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In a recent study, a total of 108 overweight and obese women were assigned in our 3-month randomized controlled trial in either a balanced hypocaloric diet with or without almonds. The almond group consumed 50 g of almonds daily.

High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), fasting blood sugar and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly in the almond group compared to the nut-free group.Additionally, the nut group improved their cardiovascular disease risk factors. The nut-free group, however, experienced an increase in systolic blood pressure and in bad cholesterol (17).

8. Walnuts

Getting enough magnesium lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are both associated with a larger waist (18,19).

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Full of magnesium, walnuts make a great fat-busting snack. Long-term nut consumption also correlates with a lower weight gain and less risk of overweight/obesity.

They work by contributing to satiety and potentially improving long-term adherence to healthful diets (20).

Make a habit of grabbing a handful of almonds or walnuts as a healthy snack alternative over chips or candy bars.

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9. Salmon

Salmon, like flax seeds and olive oil, is high in healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3 increases satiety and positively impacts your pineal gland, which affects the sleep hormone melatonin. By improving your sleep quality, omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent your body from storing energy as fat (21).

10. Blueberries

These delicious fruits may seem like a dessert, but they really are belly-busting!

That’s because they contain anthocyanins, phytonutrients that have an effect on the genes that regulate fat and glucose metabolism. These phytonutrients also reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition which makes you prone to energy shortages and increased body fat.

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In fact, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor studied the effects of blueberries on rats. In the 90-day study, obesity-prone rats followed either a high-fat diet or low-fat diet supplemented with blueberry powder. Both groups lost abdominal fat, though the fat loss was greater in rats on the low-fat diet (22).

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