Foods that melt abdominal fat

Find out how to trim down your stomach fat by making some small changes to your diet.

By Dr. Joey Shulman DC, RNCP

Thermogenic and low glycemic index foods
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Are you sick of that extra layer of "muffin top" fat peeking over your pants? Do you always turn to the side when looking in the mirror to see if your stomach is bulging? If these scenarios sound familiar, you are among the millions of Canadian seeking a flatter tummy for bikini season. The good news is there are specific foods loaded with quality calories that can be the perfect answer to melting fat away from your mid-section permanently.

Here are the top four categories of foods that melt abdominal fat.

Thermogenic foods
Thermogenic foods are the ones your body uses maximum energy (in calories) to properly digest. Some of the most effective thermongenic, or fat burning, foods are lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, egg whites, fish and lean beef (on occasion). Cayenne pepper, mustard, apple cider vinegar, cabbage, broccoli, celery, chili powder and cinnamon also have thermogenic properties that help rev up your metabolic engine and narrow your waistline.

Low glycemic index foods
The glycemic index is a tool that measures the speed of entry of a carbohydrate into the bloodstream. In a nutshell, the higher the glycemic index rating, the more insulin is secreted in response, which can result in excess fat storage around the mid section. The categories of the glycemic index are: high (over 70), medium (55-70) and low (up to 55). Some high glycemic index foods to avoid include white bread, white rolls, baguettes, bagels, dried dates, instant and baked mashed potatoes, instant rice, soda crackers and a variety of cereals (Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, puffed wheat, shredded wheat). Examples of low to medium glycemic index foods to incorporate in your diet are most vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, beans and lean meats.

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