Summer is the time of year when both men and women show a little extra skin. It is a pleasant time of the year to stay cool during the hot and humid weather months by wearing a little less. However, if you have extra weight around your tummy, wearing less can make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately there is a way of obtaining a flatter belly without going on a crash diet and enduring food cravings. All you have to do is include certain delicious foods in your diet.
The secret to getting a flat belly is to eat a diet of nutritious unprocessed foods that includes plenty of MUFAs (Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids).
Monounsaturated fatty acids are healthy fats that come from plants. Research shows that monounsaturated fatty acids are good for heart health and may protect the body against various serious diseases and conditions. They also have the extra added benefit of targeting belly fat. So, if you want to get rid of excess belly fat then it is a good idea to include at least one monounsaturated fatty acid rich food with every meal you eat.
Different types of vegetable oil including flaxseed oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. Pesto sauce is also rich in MUFAs because it contains both olive oil and pine nuts. Simply use any of these oils to stir fry lean protein and fresh vegetables, or include them in a salad dressing.
All different kinds of nuts are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids. For instance you can eat pine nuts, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, pecans, pistachios and macadamias. You can include nuts in your salad. Alternatively you can simply eat a handful of your favorite nuts whenever you fancy a snack. Try to opt for dry roasted or unsalted nuts where possible as they are healthier.
Avocados are an excellent option for any individual who is trying to eliminate belly fat, and fortunately they taste divine. They can even be turned into guacamole and eaten as a snack on crackers or wholegrain bread. It doesn’t matter how you eat your avocados, as long as you enjoy them.
Candy lovers will be pleased to note that dark chocolate is one of the foods that are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids. You might choose to simply eat a few squares of dark chocolate as an after dinner snack. Alternatively you may wish to prepare some delicious dark chocolate covered strawberries or bananas and munch away without feeling any remorse.
If you are eating a diet of unrefined foods that is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids you can do absolutely nothing and still see a reduction in belly fat. However, the results will be even more dramatic if you also make time for abdominal exercises such as crunches and rockers. If you include abdominal exercises you will definitely see the results of you efforts in time for summer.