Do you feel like despite your best efforts to work out regularly and eat properly that you still have that extra fat hanging around your belly? If so, you are not alone! Belly fat is some of the hardest fat to eliminate as it is so closely tied into our hormones. Stress, poor sleep and digestion, insulin spikes and drops (and more), all can play a role in hormonal imbalance and ultimately our ability (or inability) to banish that belly fat for good.
Consider these four healthy foods that will help to balance hormones and beat that bulge!
1. Fish eggs and turkey (lean protein)
*Select the organic/wild option, or hormone free
*Protein creates a thermogenic effect, which means it naturally heats the body causing a metabolic fat burning effect
*Helps slow the release of sugars in the blood. In doing this you avoid blood sugar spikes, which is a common reason why
we store fat
*Lean protein helps us to put on metabolically active tissue (muscle), in turn burning calories while we are at rest
2. Green Tea
*Hot or cold is fine! Brew, cool down and add fruit for more flavour.
*Green tea contains a chemical called EGCG that promotes fat metabolism
*Research indicates that a mere 2 cups each day can be extremely beneficial
*Benefits include anti cancer, anti inflammatory, and helps lower LDL (your bad cholesterol)
*Curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant (protects cells from damage) and anti-inflammatory properties, is the most active
constituent of turmeric.
*Some research has shown that turmeric acts as a mild painkiller in people suffering from arthritic symptoms by lowering
*Add to chicken, fish rubs, salad dressing to create a healthy, well rounded meal
4. Cruciferous Vegetables
*Examples include broccoli, kale, swiss chard, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and bok choi and more!
*These vegetables contain a chemical compound called indol 3 Cabinol, which helps to draw unwanted hormones from the system – for
example, extra estrogen
*If you have a hormonal imbalance, you will store fat in those unwanted spots like your belly and thighs so the recommendation is
1 cup per day, raw or lightly steamed