1. Green Tea
A weight loss superstar, green tea’s weight loss benefits have been under investigation for over a decade. Green tea is especially high in phytonutrients, called catechins, that offer a slight metabolic boost to help you burn more calories, 24/7.
Turns out, green tea is especially good for belly fat. One study found that green tea actually helps you shed more belly fat during your workouts, making each sweat session even more worth it. And another study found that compounds in green tea might prevent weight gain, especially belly fat accumulation. So even if your diet goes off the rails (hello, vacay!) green tea’s got your back.
If you’re still avoiding soy out of fear of “plant estrogens,” now’s the time to stop. Not only do the plant estrogens in soy seem to have cardiovascular benefits, but the other nutrients in soy help you lose belly fat. Soy comes packed with high-quality protein, and because you burn more calories digesting protein than other nutrients, it’ll boost your metabolism.
An apple a day … keeps the belly fat at bay! Apples are especially rich in soluble fiber, a special type of fiber that mixes with water in your digestive system and forms a gel. That soluble fiber actually changes the way you absorb nutrients and makes it more difficult to absorb fat, so more fat passes through your system without getting digested (which also means it won’t contribute to your daily calorie count!).