Stomach fat is tricky. It can be stubborn to shift and because it is easily gained, it can be one of the most frustrating types of fat.
Factors including hormones, pregnancy and stress can lead to weight gain around the tummy area, as well as eating processed and junk food. But the good news is that there are certain foods that will burn your tummy fat!
Eat your veggies!
Certain vegetables show fat burning properties, and hence their addition in meals would be a wise decision, in order to reduce the tummy size. When it comes to hunting for fat burning vegetables, cruciferous vegetables are the best bet. Moreover, they are high in nutrition, as they are excellent sources of vitamins, and therefore certainly good for optimal health.
Cruciferous vegetables are loaded with phytochemicals – substances that display fat burning qualities. Phytochemicals provide a fat burning effect, that work to promote tummy fat loss. You can also try adding some veggies to your Healthy Mummy Smoothies for an extra hit of nutrients
The fat burning activity of phytochemicals is the reason why cruciferous vegetables are considered as tummy fat burning food.
Below we have come up with the best vegetables to eat to help fight that tummy fat.
Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and fibre and super-low in calories. The quickest way to fight the flab is fibre intake. If you wish to get rid of your fat bags on your abs, make sure you eat cauliflower on a regular basis. Cauliflower can also slow down the functioning of your digestive system giving you a sense of satiety.
Get our yummy recipe for Naked Chicken Parma with Popcorn Cauliflower for some healthy comfort food!
Broccoli efficiently boosts your metabolism because it is packed with calcium and vitamin C. Eating broccoli is particularly effective because calcium is correlated with weight loss and it boosts your metabolism into action. Vitamin C meanwhile assists the absorption of chemical elements.
Try our recipe for this quick and easy 15 minute chicken, cashew and broccoli stir fry
This leafy vegetable has the fewest calories and least fat of any vegetable. Cabbage cleanses your body of waste matter because it contains sulphur and iodine, which helps to cleanse the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines. Cabbage is a great food to help move that tummy flab.
Try getting some cabbage into your diet with our Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.
4. Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts are considered a natural weight loss food because they are high in fibre and protein and low in fat and calories. The perfect vegetable to shed tummy fat, Brussels sprouts also hold other health benefits for your nutrition.
They are full of antioxidants, and vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, among other nutrients. Brussels sprouts are a very nutritious vegetable that are not difficult to prepare. They provide an excellent source of protein and fibre for tummy fat reduction.
This Chicken, Roasted Brussel Sprout and Mandarin Salad (pictured above) can be found on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.
This superfood is low in calorie, high in fibre and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fibre and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fibre content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium.
Kale is filled with fibre and sulphur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy. Your liver is the brain of your body and it must work right for your metabolic and fat burning ability to be normal and healthy.