Abs are made in the kitchen, as the old saying goes.
And eating a diet that is rich in protein is one of the best ways you can fuel your body, boost your metabolism, and achieve the weight loss goals you have in mind.
Of course, there are a number of foods that can be described as “high protein.” And eating red meat three times a day isn’t the same as adding lentils and beans to your lunch salad and dinner stew.
If you’re searching for a quality protein for weight loss, this is the one anti-inflammatory protein that basically flushes belly fat for a smaller stomach, according to nutritionists.
There are few foods that provide as many nutritional benefits as Greek yogurt. The low-calorie food is also incredibly high in protein and low in carbs and sugar. At the same time, it stands out because of its probiotic content, which provides healthy strains of bacteria that create a more balanced gut and less inflammation.
According to one study, participants who shaved off 500 calories from their daily diet AND ate an additional three yogurts a day lost an amazing 81 percent more belly fat than people who didn’t eat yogurt.
One of the key ideas behind the study is that consuming low-fat yogurt before meals prevents fat from entering your cells, thanks to its high calcium content.
Just to give some idea of yogurt’s nutrient-dense content, a 6-ounce serving of plain, low-fat yogurt contains 100 calories, 17 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs, and 14 percent of your daily intake of calcium.
As usual, there’s a caveat. But this one doesn’t require much of a sacrifice.
Flavored yogurts and yogurts that contain fruit on the bottom are usually filled with sugar, and all of that sugar slows down your metabolism and stands in the way of delivering the benefits you’d typically find in plain, low-fat Greek yogurt.
Skip flavored yogurts and stick to plain varieties — which you can always jazz up with a few berries or a teaspoon of raw honey.