New year, new diet–right?
Experts recommend swapping the unhealthy foods you’re used to eating with nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory options to help get rid of stubborn belly bulge in the new year. That’s because these foods help combat inflammation, eliminating any distress in the cells and making easier for your metabolism to burn calories.
Keep scrolling to find out which anti-inflammatory foods come nutritionist-recommended for weight loss and more:
Everyone knows that green, leafy veggies are excellent for weight loss, but that doesn't mean that's all you should be having. Experts say incorporating some cauliflower will do your metabolism and waistline some good.
"Cauliflower is anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, it’s packed with Vitamin C and K, and it aids in detoxification and healthy digestion,” Dr. Luiza Petre, MD, tells SheFinds.
Make 2019 the year you break-up with unhealthy, refined carbs for good and switch to metabolism-boosting whole grains like barley instead. Whole grains reduce fat and takes inches off your waist because they’re absorbed into the bloodstream at a slow pace,” says weight loss expert Dr. Rachita Reddy, MD.
Experts recommend reaching for a handful of blueberries when you're making your meals because of its high flavonoid content, which helps prevent weight gain and promote a healthy metabolism. “If this F word sounds foreign, don’t fret - it simply refers to the bioactive component of fruits and vegetables which have the potential to influence weight,” Rachel Swanson, an RDN at Lifespan Medicine, says.
Blueberries are also high in polyphenols, micronutrients that combat cellular stress by slowing down and blocking the inflammatory response in the body.
“Salmon helps your body burn off fat rather than store it,” says Andrea Wise, a Chicago-based nutrition coach. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are healthy fats that directly inhibit inflammation. Salmon also provides you vitamin D. Studies show that low levels of vitamin D have been linked to retaining fat instead of burning fat. Wild salmon has more omega-3s than farmed so choose wisely.
Violet Santana, a New York-based nutritionist, says that everyone should start eating more avocado in 2019. That's because the trendy fruit is loaded with antioxidants and is naturally high in unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, and many B vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium.