Visceral fat, as opposed to subcutaneous fat, lies deep inside the body and is a type of fat many leading health experts stress about how dangerous it is due to its proximity to vital organs making it potentially life-threatening. Visceral fat has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, certain foods help to reduce visceral fat, keep you feeling fuller for longer and not high in calories - here are four such foods.
Research shows that coconut oil doesnt negatively impact blood lipid levels like once believed and it may even help to promote a reduction in stomach fat.
The belly fat-fighting properties of coconut oil stem from the amount of medium chain triglycerides contained which are metabolised quickly and therefor stand less of a chance to be stored as adipose, said Kayleen St. John executive director of Nutrition and Strategic Development of Euphebe.
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"Fructose has (rightly so) gotten a bad reputation lately for its role in promoting central obesity or belly fat," says St.John.
"However, fructose found in whole foods like fruit does not act so sinisterly in the body. Fresh or frozen raspberries contain a great deal of fibre, which helps to regulate the body's insulin response and also reduce belly fat.
"If a fresh pint comes with a steep price tag at your local grocer, consider buying them frozen: they're cost-effective, last practically forever, and are picked at the peak of freshness."
Research continues to show that enjoying soup before a meal reduces the total caloric load of that meal, which help to banish belly fat, says Julieanna Hever, author of The Vegetarian Diet.
Filling up on high-fibre foods like a low-calorie soup is so satisfying that you end up eating less overall, thereby reducing your visceral fat.
Like onions and leeks, these green vegetables are prebiotic foods that produce acetate, an acid that turns on the fat-burning activity in the cells by helping them recover from inflammation.
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity compared weight loss after an egg breakfast compared to a bagel breakfast containing similar calories, explains Toby Amidor, author of The Greek Yoghurt Kitchen.
Results found that participants who consumed two eggs in their breakfast while following a lower-calorie diet lost 65 percent more weight and reduced their waist circumference by 34 percent compared with those who were on a similar calorie bagel breakfast.
Eggs are also a great source of protein, which works to keep hunger at bay and curb overeating.