In the battle of the bulge, belly fat is an especially tough opponent. However, research shows that eating healthy protein, healthy fat and healthy carbs can actually help to slim the midsection and get rid of stubborn belly fat. Fortunately, you don’t have to starve your senses along the way. There are a number of foods that are not only great for your waistline, but also for your taste buds.
According to Gina Tran MD, a family medicine doctor at PIH Health Hacienda Heights medical office building, “The best choices include almonds (which reduce cravings); leafy greens like spinach, arugula and broccoli (which neutralize free radicals, molecules that accelerate the aging process); beans and legumes (which regulate digestion and help burn fat); oatmeal and other whole grains (which prevent the body from storing fat); berries (which prevent cravings); green tea (which speeds up metabolism, making it easier to burn fat); yogurt (which encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gut and reduces bloating); and avocados (which can help stop the blood sugar spikes that tell your body to store fat around your midsection).”
There are also things to avoid, such as alcohol and foods that are high in carbohydrates, processed sugar and poly-saturated fats. “Remember that in addition to a healthy diet, your body also needs regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle with less stress,” added Dr. Tran.
Talk to your doctor to get diet advice and discuss how to start exercising. Call PIH Health to schedule an appointment with a family medicine doctor, or to view a list of PIH Health primary care physicians, visit PIHHealth.org/Find-a-Doctor.