Belly fat

Best foods for losing belly fat

You probably have a mix of thoughts crossing your minds when we talk about food, especially when you are aspiring to lose belly fat. However not all foods are bad, and not all will lead to gaining belly fat. There are some food items that even help you burn fat and manage your weight. These food items should be evenly distributed across your diet.

Instead of worrying what not to eat, why not think of what foods  you can eat. Lets look at those listed below.

Whole grains

Whole grains are very rich in fiber and they contain a very few calories. Found mostly in cereals, breads and rice they can be a good source of your carbohydrates. Eating whole grain can help you counter starvation and assist you in refraining from overeating. Choose 100% whole grain on your cereals and bread to get the most of it.


It is a cereal that you can eat anytime of the day. Some people use oatmeal to promote good bowel movement. Also, eating oatmeal every day helps you eliminate fat and other toxins in the digestive tract. This is because oats, once taken in, absorb water from the body, and with that, the different fats and toxins are also added in. They are then finally excreted in as a stool. This means you can easily lose weight with oatmeal. It is a good choice to add oats to your diet instead of cutting the carbohydrate source of your meals.

Almonds and nuts

If you want a healthy snack that helps you decrease your belly fat, then almonds and nuts are the best choice for you. They are a good protein source that contain few calories. The fat content is low and you can safely eat a substantial amount and not worry too much of about gaining weight.

Olive oil

It is a notorious source of fat. Yes fat! We need fat as it offers nutrients to our body.  What olive oil has to offer is a different kind of fat, and that is the positive fat which contains low cholesterol. This is a preferable choice to having oils that contain saturated fats. You can use olive oil as salad dressing instead of your usual dressing which contains a lot of fat.


Berries are rich in fiber and they can be a good snack for you as well. Try to avoid processed berries that are in jams or cans of preserved fruits. They increase your calories and like all processed or preserved foods, always contain a higher calorie content due to the added preservatives and artificial flavourings.


They are a good and healthy source of protein. Eggs contain a decent amount of fat with lesser cholesterol, which is the yolk (the yellow part), whilst the albumen (the white part) is the part rich in protein.  Studies have shown that they help to reduce belly fats, and are much better than your usual bagels. Eggs are also advisable if you are forming muscles or developing body parts.

Beans and legumes

Beans and legumes can be added to your favourite meals such as burritos. Plain black pinto beans help you decrease saturated fat level in the body. This is due to the fact that beans and legumes are rich in vitamin b12, said to help in metabolising fat.

Lean meats and fish

If you want  a good protein source which contains less fat and calories, then fish meat is the best choice. You can still eat your favorite pork and beef as long as you go for lean meat, so cut out  the fat on those meats. By the way, fish meat, such as that from salmon contains omega-3, benefits the heart.

Green vegetables

This is undoubtedly one of the “must have” foods. Green veggies are rich in almost everything: nutrients, minerals, vitamins, fiber – you name it. A daily serving of 5 or more would be ideal. You will decrease your belly fats as they burn more calories than those they offer. 

Dairy product

Calcium helps break down fat, and some research show that it also prevents its formation. Of course you should choose low fat dairy products and have them once a day. Drink milk daily.


Studies have shown that teas, maybe cold or iced, are better than standard beverages and drinks. Tea is a more natural drink and some teas such as green tea promote increased metabolism. It is said to be better than coffee in terms of promoting weight loss and  is definitely better than carbonated sodas.

With all the above you can now enjoy a good food choice. All of these are simple ways to eat well.  When you eat well you won’t be afraid of gaining  weight as you are in control.  A sensible diet is a skill that is developed and practised  and knowing what is good and bad for you is a great start in helping you practice your smart diet skills.

Enjoy your belly fat losing diet, and don’t forget to continue with your regular exercise and workout plans. Good luck!

About the author

Hara Hagikalfa

Hara Hagikalfa completed her BSc(Hons) in Health and Exercise Science, Sports Science and Medicine. She is a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor. You can learn more about Hara and connect with her on Facebook