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Top 4 Foods you Need for a Flat Stomach

Top 4 Foods you Need for a Flat Stomach

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

 

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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.

If you love bananas as much as us, try our delicious Meal Replacement Banana Shake here:

3 | Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that, although sweet, helps regulate soaring blood sugar levels, making your fat cells more responsive to insulin. The body then retains more energy and burns fat stores more effectively. It’s also been found that cinnamon extract reacts in the body in the same way to fresh cinnamon, so you’re able to get all the same benefits from the much easier-to-find ground cinnamon!

Get more cinnamon in your diet by trying our amazing Meal Replacement Apple and Cinnamon Porridge:

4 | Leeks

Rich in Vitamin C, leeks are amazing for relieving tummy fat. Like the humble banana, leeks are high in potassium and, because of this, relieve water weight amazingly well. If you struggle to use up a whole leek in your cooking, try buying foods which already include leeks so you can get all the benefits with half the hassle!

Love leeks in your soups? Try our Meal Replacement Chicken & Leek Soup which is packed full of protein, vitamins & minerals and is super low calorie:

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Lotty Cairns

Lotty Cairns

Writer and expert


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