No matter the size or age, many of my Solluna community members, readers, and people I meet often point to their belly as the main “problem” area. The gut/belly area is a sensitive body zone for even the most confident!
Many even try fast and unhealthy ways of banishing belly fat, but at Solluna, our mission is to achieve beauty through health, not with crash diets and quick fixes. There are more natural ways to burn belly fat, including changing habits and, especially, choosing the right foods.
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Losing Weight in the Abdominal Area
Retaining fat around your stomach is often a sign of toxic buildup in your system. When your body is toxic from chemicals in the foods you eat and your environment, it seeks to protect you as best it can.
One of the ways this happens is that your body retains fat in order to store the toxins so they are insulated from your organs. Detoxifying, then, is a great step towards losing weight in your abdominal area. Helping to cleanse our bodies is a huge bonus!
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Let’s look at some steps you can take to help your body detox. Detoxifying doesn’t have to be complicated or tedious — a quick change in your habits can make a huge difference for your overall health, and your belly as a result.
- Eat organic foods
- Minimize or eliminate processed and fast foods
- Eliminate refined sugar
- Eliminate carbonated beverages and energy drinks and drink pure, fresh water instead
- Start each day with a glass of warm water containing organic lemon
- Eliminate dairy and gluten grains
The foods you eat (and the order in which you eat them), can contribute to bloating, which can make your stomach look as if it is carrying belly fat. While we cover food combining and eating strategically in-depth in The Beauty Detox Solution, here are a few simple rules for minimizing belly bloat:
- Drink water/liquids 30 minutes before or 60 minutes after meals, not while eating
- Take probiotics and eat probiotic-rich foods — such as yogurt
- Simplify your meals as much as possible
- Avoid slow and difficult-to-digest foods; the main culprits are grease, processed foods, spicy foods, and corn
- Eat fruit on an empty stomach
Your body is telling you things. Start to notice which foods really make you bloated afterward. For me, gluten is a real doozy. I once ate at a vegetarian restaurant, and one of the dishes had ground seitan in it, which is basically pure gluten.
After eating some of it, I got so bloated that my balloon of a belly started pushing against my pants. That night, I had harsh red marks on my stomach when I got home. It made me uncomfortable and unhappy. Now I avoid foods with too much gluten. When you know how your body responds to different foods, you can stop consuming super bloating ingredients.
Goodbye to Your Gut: Foods That Burn Belly Fat
Along with these simple steps, you can also work on blasting belly fat by eating healthy foods that will help keep your stomach down, because proper nutrition is the best way to achieve your lifestyle goals.
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1. Glowing Green Smoothie
This is almost always my top recommendation, but there’s a reason the GGS® is my signature drink. It is low in calories, high in fiber, and packed with nutrition. That means it fills you up and provides you with the nutrients and enzymes your body needs for peak performance. And, because it’s blended, it also allows your body to minimize the energy necessary for digestion so it can be used for beauty energy and fat burning.
These nutritious little seeds are great for fat loss, because they help stabilize blood sugar, contain lots of fiber, and improve your sensitivity to insulin. Insulin is one of your body’s main fat storage hormones, and improving insulin sensitivity can reduce the amount of insulin circulating in your bloodstream, which can lead to fat loss.
Chia is also rich in Omega-3 fats, and the seeds are filling because they contain fiber. Try a few tablespoons of chia in unsweetened almond milk with some vanilla and stevia for a delicious and filling beverage.
The great thing about cayenne is that it is so easy to incorporate into meals. Spice up a salad, some quinoa pasta, or soup with a pinch of cayenne, and you’ll increase your body’s thermogenesis. Cayenne also contains capsaicin, which has been shown in studies to enhance the burning of belly fat.
4. Oat Groats
Oat groats are oats in their most basic form – a true whole grain. Research has shown that eating whole grains can help increase weight loss. Oat groats are also gluten-free and well-tolerated, meaning they are less likely to cause a belly bloat. Soak them overnight, rinse, and blend with water, stevia, and a little cinnamon for a healthy oatmeal.
Like a Glowing Green Smoothie®, fresh greens will help fill you up, giving your body the enzymes it needs for full digestion. Greens are also high in fiber and nutrition and they don’t raise your blood sugar.
Greens go well beyond lettuce and spinach. Try kale, arugula, cabbage, endive, fennel, purslane, parsley, and other nutritious organic greens for a delicious way to rid yourself of fat.
Your journey to a flatter stomach doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Uncover your beauty with these healthy habits and fat-burning foods and work your way to a smaller belly.
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