A new year means a fresh start and what better way to start 2020 than to focus on your health and happiness? It’s no secret that many people start a new diet or make a resolution to shed a few pounds at the start of a new year, and we don’t blame them. So, why not kickstart your new year with a fresh new focus on your own body?
Choosing the best ingredients for a meal plan can be tough. Luckily, we have plenty of health and fitness experts to turn to for some much-needed guidance. Thanks to them, we have selected the top six best flat-belly foods you should start eating in 2020. Are you ready to dive in?
The first weight loss food we recommend is perfect for breakfast: eggs. In an interview with MyFitnessPal Blog, yoga instructor Maria Macsay said that eggs over veggie hash is a great morning meal idea. “I love this simple, yet nutritious, meal post-workout because it’s the perfect balance of protein, fiber, healthy fats and carbs, which supports repair of muscle tissue and replenishes the body’s energy supply,” Macsay said.
Next, let’s think about lunch. Salads are a perfect solution for when you need to add lots of vegetables and protein to your diet. With that said, we recommend specific leafy greens before you reach for some ordinary romaine lettuce. According to Healthline, kale can help you to lose weight since it contains both protein and fiber, which are both necessary nutrients for weight loss.
Another great ingredient to add to your kale salad for weight loss is grilled chicken. In an interview with Eat This, Not That! Optimum Nutrition athlete Kate Osman said that she likes to choose grilled chicken and vegetables as a post-workout meal to prevent bloating.
Of course we can’t forget about avocado. While you could add it to your delicious kale and grilled chicken salad, you could also add avocado to a variety of other recipes for practically any meal of the day. In an interview with the Washingtonian, personal trainer Ali Register recommended adding avocado to your breakfast toast along with a hardboiled egg on the side. “The healthy fats in the avocado help me feel satiated and get my brain going first thing in the morning,” Register said. “The eggs help me keep up with my high protein needs.”
If you need some food in a pinch and don’t have time to prep and cook a full meal then we’ve got some easy snack ideas for you. Both almonds and berries are perfect snacks for weight loss. According to Healthline, almonds and other nuts can slightly boost your metabolism. Similarly, Healthline says that berries are another healthy food you can eat since they’re high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidant polyphenols. We love the sound of that!
What do you think of these flat-belly food recommendations? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!