Instead of fad diets that you’ll forget about and strict, unhealthy diets that’ll make you dread mealtime, why not make small changes? By introducing these nine healthy foods into your diet, you’ll be able to supercharge your metabolism and cut belly bloating.
9 Superfoods You Need In Your Diet
1. Swiss Chard
High in potassium – which regulates your body’s water balance – prevents water retention by balancing sodium levels. Potassium is needed when protein is metabolized from amino acids and carbohydrates are metabolized into energy.
Swiss chard helps decrease puffiness in your face and bloating in your belly.
Try this Swiss Chard & Chicken Recipe!
Cucumbers are 96% water, which sounds counter-productive when trying to do away with bloating. But foods with high water content can help your system to flush out waste and excess fluids, which actually prevents bloating. Cucumbers are also rich in sulphur and silicon – minerals that help the removal of fat.
Cucumbers are so low in calories that you may burn more digesting a cucumber than you take in by eating it.
Try these Cucumber Cups!
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Make sure you reach for natural, probiotic yogurt to beat bloating and mega-charge your metabolism. A greek yogurt is a great option because it has twice the amount of protein that regular yogurts have. Your body will burn twice the calories digesting protein in comparison to digesting carbs – which means any high protein food will boost your metabolism.
The probiotic cultures found in yogurt will benefit the “good” bacteria living in your gut. These bacteria can help with digestive health and reduce constipation that can cause bloating and abdominal discomfort.
4. Lemon Water
We all know about lemon water nowadays, but did you know that it is thermogenic? A thermogenic food is one that increases your body’s heat and ability to burn fat. Lemons are a natural diuretic and gentle laxative as well, helping you flush your system regularly.
Drink a large glass of iced lemon water first thing in the morning and before each meal to really experience the bloat-blasting, metabolism boosting benefits. If the water is cold, it will make your body work hard to digest, burning more calories and fats.
Like cucumbers, you will burn more calories digesting it than you will gain from eating it. Celery is full of both insoluble and soluble fiber that can slow the absorption of carbohydrates and help keep blood sugar levels steady.
Another food that is mostly water, watermelon will keep you hydrated and bloat free. It’s also a great source of potassium, so it will balance your mineral levels, reducing water retention. Watermelon also contains arginine, an amino acid that decreases body fat.
Give this Watermelon-Breeze Drink a try!
7. Green Tea
Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that can speed up metabolism for up to 24 hours after you drink a cup. Green tea is also a diuretic that can help reduce bloat and improve digestion.
Whole oats are complex carbohydrate that takes a long while to digest. The longer it takes for your body to break down and digest food, the more energy (calories) are needed to do the job, and the longer your metabolism will be at work.
Oats are also full of fiber, for improved digestion and more regular bowel movements.
9. Red Berries
Strawberries and raspberries are low in fructose, minimizing bloating in comparison to sweeter fruits. The high fiber content also keeps belly bloat at bay. Anthocyanins, the pigment that gives these berries their color, prevent fat cells from increasing in size and improve insulin sensitivity.
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