Not gonna lie, I have always been a fan of eating. Even If I get my hands on something that doesn’t taste good, the first thing I do is search online for a way to make it tasty before eating it multiple times for multiple days, and then I proceed to the next shining food.
This practice, however, hasn’t awarded me generously. It won’t be a stretch to conclude that this is one of the worst eating habits that I am trying to control.
And yes, throughout the years, I have successfully failed at controlling it!
However, the good thing is during my years of practicing this unhealthy habit, I have stumbled upon various foods that apparently don’t affect your health negatively (only if you consume them in a healthy amount), foods that can help you in keeping your waistline in check.
And there are studies that suggest adding these foods to your diet along with a simple exercise routine can help in losing weight and ultimately belly fat.
These foods boost your metabolism, reduce your appetite, make you feel satiated, and the best thing is they taste good. Doesn’t that sounds great!
Without further delay, here are 8 tummy tightening foods that you need to try right now:
Editor’s Note: Let me know in the comment section or Pinterest, What sort of recipes you used to add these foods to your diet.
1. Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes come in a variety of colors and sizes. They are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals (vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, manganese, potassium).
Since they are rich in fiber, water content, and antioxidant content, sweet potatoes promote fullness and contribute to a healthy gut. Sweet potatoes are also rich in beta-carotene and anthocyanins.
Viscous soluble fiber present in sweet potatoes forms a gel-like consistency in the digestive tract, which slows down digestion. Hence, making you feel fuller for a longer duration of time.
Sweet Potato (100 gm): 86 calories, 0.1 gm fat, 20 gm carbs, 1.6 gm protein
While preparing meals, You can use cronometer app to track your calories intake & micronutrients to ensure that you meet your daily nutritional requirements without consuming excess calories.
Avocado, also known as alligator pear, is a type of berry, rich in vitamins and minerals (vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, potassium). Avocados usually grow in warm climates.
Due to their high fiber content, avocados can make you feel fuller.
A study even suggests that people who consume avocados regularly are 9% less likely to become overweight or obese, compared to those who do not consume avocados regularly.
Another study on belly fat distribution in women from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign suggests that consuming avocado regularly could help redistribute belly fat in women toward a healthier profile.
Avocado (100 gm): 160 calories, 15 gm fat, 9 gm carbs, 2 gm protein
3. Green Tea
Green tea, also known as the healthiest beverage on the planet, contains B vitamins, flavonoids, magnesium, folate, and antioxidants.
Due to its rich antioxidant content & caffeine, green tea can assist in weight loss.
Green tea contains caffeine and a flavonoid called catechin. A study on body-weight regulation suggests that both these compounds, when taken together, can speed up metabolism.
(You can get it from amazon)
Green Tea (1 fl oz): 0.1 gm carbs
Yogurt is made by fermenting milk with yogurt culture. Yogurt contains magnesium, calcium, vitamins B6 and B12, potassium, and riboflavin.
Depending upon the type, yogurt can offer a variety of health benefits.
According to a study, obese adults who ate three servings of fat-free yogurt daily as part of a reduced-calorie diet lost 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than those who only reduced their calorie intake.
Moreover, people who consumed yogurt daily also lost 81% more fat in the stomach area compared to those who didn’t consume yogurt.
Yogurt (100 gm): 59 calories, 0.4 gm fat, 3.6 gm carbs, 10 gm protein
Cucumber, a type of fruit, has high water content and contains vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, potassium, and magnesium. Cucumber is also rich in fiber and antioxidants.
There is even a cucumber-based diet that assists in weight loss. However, due to its restrictive and unsustainable nature, it can only produce short-term results.
One of the best ways to limit your calorie intake is by consuming cucumber whenever you feel hungry.
Cucumber (52 gm): 8 calories, 0.1 gm fat, 1.9 gm carbs, 0.3 gm protein
Asparagus is rich in vitamins and minerals (vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, folate).
Due to its diuretic properties and high fiber content (soluble and insoluble fiber), asparagus can help with bloating and weight loss.
Asparagus (100 gm): 20 calories, 0.1 gm fat, 3.9 gm carbs, 2.2 gm protein
Apart from being one of the most loved tree nuts, almonds are also very nutritious. Almonds contain magnesium, vitamin C, manganese, copper, vitamin B12.
Moreover, Just a handful of almonds contain enough fiber and protein to significantly reduce your hunger.
In one study, people who consumed a diet rich in almonds lost more weight than those on a high-carb diet with the same number of calories.
(You can get em from amazon)
Almonds (26 gm): 154 calories, 13.6 gm fat, 5.4 gm carbs, 5.4 gm protein
Eggs are the healthiest food on the planet and among the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in vitamins and minerals (vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B5, zinc, iron, potassium, folate, calcium, manganese, vitamin E).
Moreover, eggs contain high-quality protein with a perfect amino acid profile.
Eggs also contain all the essential amino acids (9 amino acids that cannot be produced in the body and have to be obtained from the diet).
In a study, a group of men and women consumed eggs or bagels for breakfast; both breakfasts had the same amount of calories. The study went on for eight weeks.
The egg group lost 16% more body fat, 65% more body weight, 34% reduction in waist circumference compared to the bagel group.
If you are trying to lose weight, adding eggs to your breakfast should be your first step.
Eggs (50 gm): 72 calories, 4.8 gm fat, 0.4 gm carbs, 6.3 gm protein
If you aren’t following any diet plan, add these foods to your current diet along with a workout routine to consistently lose weight. However, you can also follow a diet plan like keto, intermittent fasting to lose weight swiftly.
In (16:8) Intermittent fasting, you need to fast every day for 16 hours and consume meals only during the 8-hour eating window. Here’s an intermittent fasting meal plan you can try.
In the keto diet, You need to divide your calories in such a way that you consume 5-10% calories from carbs, 20-30% calories from protein, and 60-70% calories from fat.
Let’s get serious! There are hundreds of dishes you want to try, and compared to them, the foods on this list don’t look so good, especially when you can eat a donut.
However, there are several recipes to make these foods tasty, and the best part is you don’t have to neglect your health or regret your decision.
But, even then, You will, from time to time, eat something that you will regret. The best thing you can do at those times is stop yourself from stressing over it and move on.
If you make a diet mistake, move on and try to eat clean and healthy for the next few days. Stress is one of the major factors for weight gain, so avoid stressing over food!
Keep your mistake in mind and move on.
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