There are various “super nutrients” that will help you shrink that waistline and belly fat, but you should be aware that having some belly fat in the first place is not always a bad thing. Before you start dieting or cutting down on anything do consult a nutritionist or maybe do a little more research on the cause and effects some diets can have. In the meanwhile, let’s talk about those nutrients…
1. Omega 3
It is now emerging that Omega 3 could help prevent the storage of fat in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that elevates fat storage in the body and Omega 3 can help fight the Cortisol effects in your body. You can source Omega 3 from fish, flaxseed and supplements as well.
2. Polyphenol Epigallocatechin (EGCG)
We source EGCG from green tea and studies have found that people who drink green tea lose more abdomen weight than those who don’t. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant which helps fight inflammation which is a contributor of belly fat.
Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid which can be sourced from brown seaweed. Research shows that the compound has special fat-fighting properties. You can purchase edible brown seaweed in Japanese markets and health stores under hijiki and wakame labels.
4. Methylhydroxy Chalcone Polymer (MHCP)
MHCP is found in cinnamon and this compound is said to increase the reception of fatty cells to insulin. This, therefore, allows the transportation of sugar for energy into the fat cell. It’s important to note that a high insulin level triggers fat storage and seasoning such as cinnamon may help fight belly fat formation.
5. Calcium Pyruvate
Calcium Pyruvate is a naturally occurring substance that presents itself all through digestion and metabolism. The role of the nutrient is to fuel energy for your cells. This compound occurs naturally when you consume foods such as red apples, red wine, cheeses and red grapes.
Resveratrol has been known to boost metabolism and suppress estrogen levels as well. Estrogen in high levels promotes fast storage and suppressing this as well as increasing your metabolism could help get rid of that belly fat. Good sources of resveratrol are peanuts, red wine, red grapes as well as dark chocolate.
7. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most talked about nutrients and could also help you fight belly fat by reducing your cortisol hormone levels. Its recommend that you add at least two sources of Vitamin C to your daily diet.
Quercetin is a flavonoid that has been known to enhance the immune system, cardiovascular health and fight belly fat as well. Research indicates that Quercetin can help block the maturing of baby fat cells which therefore inhibits the formation of fat cells. You can find this flavonoid in large amounts in red onions, apples, tomatoes, green tea and leafy greens.
9. Fatty Acids
Fatty acids are often overlooked when it comes to burning fat yet are quite essential. A diet that has insufficient fat amounts can inhibit the formation of vital fat-burning hormones. Good sources of fatty acids are nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados.
10. Low Glycemic Carbs
Processed carbohydrates such as sugar, white flour and rice have high glycemic and these don’t digest really well. Change your carb intake too low glycemic carbs such as brown rice and oatmeal as these digest easier and fill you up.