In general, incorporating more vegetables into your diet (like your mom said…) can help to shrink belly fat and promote weight loss. Vegetables help make you feel FULL on fewer calories, which is especially important when you’re trying to lose weight.
But WHICH veggie has special chemicals that help to burn MORE BELLY FAT OFF FAST?
ASPARAGUS! Add this green guy to your diet to help reduce extra abdominal fat with no extra effort!
Not only does asparagus acts as a natural diuretic to relieve water retention, which causes bloating and puffiness in the stomach, it also has the ability to flush waste products such as undigested foods from the body. This is due to its low sodium content coupled with an amino acid called asparagine.
Asparagus us a great source of many essential micronutrients and antioxidants, but its high concentration of FOLATE makes asparagus an especially beneficial food for reducing BELLY FAT! Folate combats insulin resistance, which is a condition in which the body doesn’t properly respond to the blood sugar lowering effects of insulin. An inadequate response to insulin is a major underlying cause of visceral belly fat. When insulin is properly regulated it converts blood sugar into energy instead of fat and also increases the burning of fat that’s already stored in the visceral area.
BOOM! Talk about bang for your nutritional buck!! Can I just eat asparagus all day long now please…
The healthy dietary fiber in asparagus has also been shown to help maintain a healthy digestive system and decreases constipation or stomach upsets.
In addition, some claim that asparagus is a negative calorie food, requiring more calories to chew and digest it than it contains. While this may or may not be the case, it’s clear that its calorie count is low, while it nutrient value is high.
As a part of the green vegetable group, asparagus also contains high levels of vitamins A and C, which, just like in orange and yellow vegetables, can help decrease oxidative stress and cut down additional stress hormones in the body that can also cause the body to store belly fat.
And at only 26 calories a cup, asparagus is a great low-cal snack or side dish!
So who’s ready for some ASPARAGUS?!!