Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Julie Wiegan
Looking to make a splash in that new bikini, but having trouble losing the belly fat? According to registered dietitian and certified nutritionist Keren Gilbert MS, RD, a diet rich in hydrophilic or “water-loving” foods is the key to getting tighter abs.
“Consuming water absorbent foods helps detoxify the body’s system,” said Gilbert, Founder and President of Decision Nutrition, a nutrition consulting firm.
Here are the five foods Gilbert recommends:
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats and rich in the minerals magnesium and selenium, all of which have been shown to support adrenal function and boost metabolism. In addition, they keep you satisfied and full for a long time. “Be cautious of salted or smoked nuts which contain a lot of sodium as it can cause bloating,” warns Gilbert. “A handful of raw almonds a day will keep the belly fat away!”
Replacing refined sugars (such as those found in white pasta or white rice), with carbohydrates from fruits will reward your waistline. Not only do apricots have high levels of antioxidants like Vitamin C and beta-carotene, the water-absorbing fiber helps you stay full and fends off belly fat.
A highly nutritious green vegetable, broccoli is packed with vitamins and minerals and is very high in fiber. The vegetable is a great choice for those looking to slim down during the summer months as broccoli has enzymes that assist in digestion and metabolism.
Once a staple food of the Aztecs, these little black seeds offer a high natural source of Omega-3s, which has been proven to lower fattening stress hormones like cortisol. “Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, minerals, fiber and protein,” adds Gilbert. Sprinkle them on salads or veggies, or mix them in yogurt, oatmeal, or shakes.
This tried and true breakfast dish is a favorite for a reason. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which means it attracts water and stays in your stomach longer. This helps reduce blood cholesterol by flushing bad digestive acids out of your system. “It is most beneficial to eat unsweetened oatmeal because the added sugars in sweetened oatmeal cancel out the health benefits,” says Gilbert. “Adding fresh berries or a little almond milk for added flavor is the best option.”
Gilbert says, “Incorporating these foods into your diet will not only keep you feeling full longer, it will also help to curb your appetite. Not to mention, they will keep you feeling slim all summer long.”
You can pre-order Keren Gilbert’s book “The HD Diet” HERE!