Isn’t “muffin top” such a cute name for the blubber that bubbles over the waistband of our pants? Although cute nicknames are great, like “splitzies” for split ends and “dream juice” for night sweats, the actual muffin top itself is something we simply never adore. As you probably know, shaping up is 80% nutrition, so we at Skinny Mom have put together a list of the best foods to combat your muffin top.
Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular yogurt, contains probiotics (aka good bacteria) that can reduce belly bloat, and takes no prep work. Keep a couple containers on hand for when hunger strikes.
Nuts: Don’t be turned off by the calorie density of nuts, they are a great weapon for fighting the battle of the bulge! They’re loaded with protein, fiber, and magnesium, as well as being a source of monounsaturated fat. Instead of a fake “diet” snack food, chomp on a handful of almonds between meals.
Salmon: Wild caught salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to fire up your metabolism. Studies have shown that seafood such as salmon may slow digestion and prevent cravings. As if that’s not enough, salmon is an excellent source of protein, and tastes delicious.
Mushrooms: Did you know mushrooms are the only natural plant source of vitamin D? With insufficient levels of vitamin D being a common cause of excess belly fat, it might be time to add some mushrooms to your diet!
Red Peppers: Red peppers are rich in beta carotene and lycopene. These antioxidants not only make red peppers red, but have also been shown to combat the compounds that promote fat storage.
Green Tea: Ok, green tea technically isn’t a “food”, but you ingest it and it’s good for your tummy. The compound ECGC in green tea revs up your metabolism, helping your body scorch fat, especially belly fat. Instead of an afternoon cup of coffee, try an afternoon green tea.
Eggs: Many nutritionists consider eggs to be a perfect protein, including the yolks which hold the vast majority of the nutrients. Eggs are a great way to start the day, and studies have show that a breakfast of eggs makes people feel less hungry during the day than breakfasts made up of carbohydrates.
Grapefruit: Do not take this as an endorsement of the grapefruit diet, but adding grapefruits to your diet is a great idea. Research as shown that eating half a grapefruit three times a week can aid in weight loss, even with no other tweaks to your diet. Just don’t load your half a grapefruit with sugar or artificial sweeteners, okay?
Blueberries: Blueberries are rich in antioxidants (that’s why they’re so blue) that help improve blood flow, delivering more oxygen to your muscles. Better oxygenated muscles can make exercise feel easier, and who doesn’t want that?