9 Natural Ways to Burn Belly Fat

7) Eat Healthy Fats

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Our bodies need essential fatty-acids (EFAs) to properly synthesize the hormones responsible for metabolizing fat stores.  Try some of these sources of EFAs to help you burn belly fat faster:

  1. Coconut Oil. The medium chain triglyceride, Lauric acid found in coconut oil helps to increase energy, improve cholesterol, and burn fat.
  2. Cold-water Fish. Salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel are the most well-known fish recognized for their high-concentrations of healthy fatty acids that help burn belly fat.
  3. Nuts and Seeds. Walnuts, soybeans, flaxseeds, and almonds are four of the best choices to help melt away stubborn belly fat.  Just remember that nuts are also very high in calories.  Be sure to limit yourself to the recommended serving size – usually a small handful – of these foods so you can reap the health benefits without accidentally sabotaging your weight-loss efforts.
8) Relax

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Stress causes our bodies to pump out a hormone called cortisol which causes us to build and retain belly fat.  If you’ve tried every health food, trick, cheat, and exercise under the sun but you just can’t seem to lose the weight around your waist, relax.  It may be the stress itself that is to blame.  Instead of worrying about your weight, set aside some time each day to do something you love.  Think about what makes you happy and find a way to include that in your daily routine.

9) Plan Ahead

If you lead a very busy life, it can be very difficult to include healthy, fat-burning foods as part of your daily diet.  Try to form a battleplan on your days off that includes a healthy breakfast, high-protein snacks, and balanced meals.  Ideally, you want to eat something about every three hours to keep your metabolism going strong.  Also, remember to schedule that all-important decompression and sleep time at the end of the day to help your body recoup and burn that belly fat!

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