The Best Foods for Women While Trying to Burn Stomach Fat

by Nicki Howell

About Nicki Howell

Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.

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The midsection is a common trouble spot for women. Especially as women age, when menopause causes body fat to shift from the hips and legs to the belly. Belly fat is dangerous as it increases your risk for breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fight belly fat by eating a reduced calorie diet. You can also eat foods that promote midsection weight loss and positively affect your metabolism.

Salmon

Salmon contains large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which help improve your metabolism. Eat about 4 ounces of salmon, twice weekly. Other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include tuna, mackerel, flaxseed and walnuts. Incorporate these foods into your diet to shed belly fat quicker.

Almonds

Almonds are a nut rich in protein, fiber and vitamin E. These nutrients help you feel full for longer. Almonds also contain magnesium, a nutrient that aids better muscle contractions. Aim to consume about 23 almonds daily. You can grind almonds into your morning smoothie, sprinkle them on your salad, or eat a handful as a snack.

Avocados

Half of an avocado contains about 10 grams of monounsaturated fat, according to CBS News. This special fat prevents blood sugar spikes that contribute to belly fat accumulation. Monounsaturated fats also help your body absorb the cancer-fighting substance called carotenoids. Slice avocados on your salads and sandwiches or blend them into a morning smoothie.

Berries

Like almonds, berries help you improve muscle contractions during your core toning sessions. This food is also high in fiber, helping you feel full on fewer calories. Eat at least a cup of berries daily; a cup of berries contains about 40 calories, allowing you to curb hunger without excess calories. Eat a variety of berries, such as gooseberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Citrus

Citrus fruits help you burn up to 30 percent more fat during your workout sessions, reports CBS News. Eat citrus fruits like orange and lemons. Blend these foods into a morning juice. You can also make a fruit salad with lunch or eat a small serving of citrus fruit with your dinner.

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