When it comes to losing weight and changing your body, what you eat has the biggest impact. When I was trying to lose weight last year, I was exercising regularly (mostly strength training and running), but I spent more time cleaning up my diet. After a few months of hard work, I dropped a dress size and shrunk my midsection. These are the seven foods I ate regularly in order to get rid of my belly fat. Spoiler alert: I didn't have to give up carbs.
I started eating more protein when I started exercising more and trying to reduce my belly fat. I'm vegan, so I chose to eat more tofu since it's my favorite plant-based protein and it's easy to meal prep with. It kept me full for longer and prevented me from snacking throughout the day.
Berries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and they're known to be a belly-fat-fighting food. I loved putting berries into my smoothies or snacking on them instead of eating refined sugar.
Leafy Greens and Fresh Vegetables
Vegetables are full of fiber and rich nutrients, and they're a great thing to eat when you're trying to stay healthy. The more fresh vegetables I ate, the less room there was for junk food and the better I felt.
I had a protein smoothie almost every weekday morning when I was working to get rid of my belly fat. I like to use Vega Sport Protein, almond milk, frozen berries, and Sambazon Performance Protein.
Nuts are a great source of monounsaturated fat, which means they fight off hunger and are a good source of protein and fiber. I had a handful of unsalted roasted almonds nearly every day, and it replaced my craving for something salty and crunchy.
Unrefined whole grains can help reduce bloating, so I traded in white bread and processed carbs for steel-cut oats or whole-grain oatmeal. It helped me feel full for longer, and I loved that I didn't have to give up carbs in order to shed belly fat.
Rather than eating canned beans, which can cause bloating due to the excess sodium, I soaked dried beans and cooked them myself. Adding more beans to my diet meant I was consuming more protein, which helped me snack less between meals.
By Gina Florio
This article first appeared in Popsugar.