Everybody wants washboard abs. It’s the one spot of the body everybody wants to lose weight from… but is also one of the most difficult areas to shift fat. Not only does it make you feel less than perfect, it’s also one of the most dangerous places to store fat, and can lead to several nasty internal diseases.
That’s because tummy fat is ‘visceral fat’. Visceral fat is a special type of fat which is stored around vital organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines. Too much visceral fat can lead to increased health problems, predominantly type 2 diabetes, and is one of the most silent of silent killers in the world.
Losing weight around the middle is so important to overall health and well-being, and with a good diet and plenty of exercise, you can shift it. The best way you can start to lose belly fat is by eating the right foods. We look at the top 4 foods you should start eating if you’re looking for a super flat tummy! #winning
Top 4 Foods You Need For A Flat Stomach
1 | Olive Oil
Although olive oil is naturally high in unsaturated fat, it also contains a naturally-occurring chemical called oleic acid which breaks down excess fats in the body. Oleic acid particularly targets the places which other acids cannot, such as the difficult-to-shift area around the middle. You can get more olive oil (and healthy fats) in your diet by eating fresh oily fish and adding the good stuff to sautéed veggies.
2 | Bananas
Bananas are packed full of impressive stuff like zinc and fibre, and they release energy slowly to prevent any insulin spikes. The reason bananas are perfect for losing belly fat is that the potassium relieves water retention, keeping your tummy flat as a pancake! Add bananas to your morning smoothie or mash up into some healthy baking for a lovely potassium-filled dish.
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