Say What? These Flat Belly Foods Are Good For Me?
So I was looking over one of my clients Food Journals the other day and I realized just about everything they were eating was going to pack on the belly fat rather than burn it off.
I didn’t want to go so far as to say that they were wasting their time working out when they’re eating so bad because you can’t out train a bad diet when it comes to fat loss. Nutrition is always going to make up 60%-80% of your results and without the proper fuel it’s going to be a pain to try and reach your goals.
I decided to make a quick “cheat sheet” list of some of the best flat belly foods that my client should be eating and then I thought it would make a great blog post.
Even though these flat belly foods come highly recommend for slimming down the midsection you’re still going to watch your portions. I was in Whole Foods the other day and even though the store is thought to be healthy I saw quite a few people on their lunch break ordering slices of pizza.
If you’re going to put the hard work in the gym then you might as well put the hard work into what you put into your mouth. With my clients it’s easy to get them through my buttkicking workouts because I’m there to motivate them and push them but once they leave they’re almost on their own.
This is what’s going to separate the ones who get pretty good results from the ones who go through a complete body transformation. It’s an amazing experience to witness people dramatically change their lives but also very disappointing when some don’t have the willpower to eat healthy on their own.
I wish it was easy as coming into workout for an hour and then the rest of the day you can eat whatever the heck you want but unfortunately it’s not that easy.
If you’re looking for a more complete superfoods list also check out my ultimate list with 109 of my favorites.
Now that I’m done with my little rant we can get onto the flat belly foods!
The 9 Best Flat Belly Foods
1. Almonds: Almonds are widely considered to be the king of the nuts for a very good reason. They’re loaded with nutrients and almonds have been found to reduce blood sugar rises in meals while also providing a good amount of antioxidants. This also applies to almond butter as well and I know I have at least a couple of servings of almond butter daily.
2. Black Beans: These babies are packed with phytonutrients and another the big deal with beans is that they provide incredible nutrition to our digestive tracts as well as our colons. And if your digestive tract and your colon are working optimally then you’re going to be able to process and eliminate foods better instead of having your food or fecal matter slip into your blood stream.
3. Salmon: If you’re looking to lose belly fat then salmon is going to want to be a mainstay in your diet because it’s packed with healthy fats such as omega-3’s as well as calcium and vitamin D. Unfortunately WAY too many people avoid salmon because of it’s high fat content but the truth is that your body really needs to have these healthy fats to perform optimally and to burn that belly fat off.
4. Raw Green Leafy Veggies: Raw broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, kale and collard greens rank high on my list of flat belly foods because they’re loaded to the brim with nutrients and also they pack a good punch of fiber as well. When eating these alkaline foods try to consume them raw as they’ll have more nutrient power if they’re cooked or even steamed. I usually always have one of these raw green leafy veggies with each one of my meals during the day and I can feel sluggish if I stray too far away from them.
5. Eggs: Whole fresh eggs from cage-free vegetarian fed chickens are an awesome source of low-cost high protein flat belly foods. The natural choline found in eggs has been proven to reduce inflammation by 20% more than those who didn’t eat eggs. And a study found those who ate 2 eggs for breakfast lost almost twice as much weight and had a 83% greater waist circumference then those who ate a bagel for breakfast. For more on the awesomeness of eggs also see my egg whites vs egg yolks blog post.
6. Turkey: Turkey is another high protein food that has been proven to keep post-meal insulin levels low mostly from its leucine content, which means you’ll help keep off the belly fat. It also has a good amount of good fats in it which we definitely need to have in our overall diets. I know I eat 2-3 turkey sandwiches per week!
7. Macadamia Oil: Macadamia oil has recently replaced extra virgin olive oil as my #1 oil to use when cooking. Even though I still I use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil to cook I’m overall using macadamia oil more and more. This is because macadamia oil has the greatest concentration of monounsaturated fats out of any other oil you can find. It also has a high smoking point so it won’t go rancid as easily as olive oil.
8. Whey Protein Isolate: Drinking a whey protein isolate shake can be a great source of protein (duh!), calcium and branched chained amino acids. It is thought by researchers that the combination of calcium and the branched chained amino acids found in whey team up together to burn fat. I like to use Low Carb Protein Powder by BioTrust Nutrition.
9. Berries: I consider berries such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to be antioxidant powerhouses which will not only keep you healthy from damage causing free radicals but they’ll also help keep your belly fat at bay. Researchers have also found those who ate strawberries better regulated their blood sugar levels than those who didn’t mostly because of their polyphenol content.
For more of the best belly fat burning foods check out this blog post.
Wrapping Up The Best Flat Belly Foods
And that’s a wrap for my flat belly foods post! Consuming these extra 9 foods and dumping the old ones they’re replacing can greatly reduce your belly fat while also increasing your health. But just don’t go overboard with them! I don’t want to catch you chowing down pizza next time I go to Whole Foods.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He’s worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the high school and college level. He has over 10 years experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He is also the author of The Flat Belly Formula. He hopes to be able to bring inspiration & results to people all over the world to live a healthier life through diet & exercise.