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5 vegetables that burn belly fat

The right diet is often the link between a big and a small belly.

Vegetables that burn belly fat [Shuttershock]

Belly fat can be a result of many factors; diet, genetics, and a lack of exercise play a role in how big or small your belly is. So, how can you fix it?

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Carrots are rich in lutein, an antioxidant with potential links to lowering abdominal fat. Additionally, dieticians suggest that chewing raw carrots might help boost your metabolism. This is because of the "thermic effect of food" (TEF), which describes the calories burned by the body during digestion. Since carrots require more chewing, they have a higher TEF, potentially leading to more calories burned.

Lettuce is also a source of lutein. Research suggests that lutein and other carotenoids might play a role in fat loss.

A study on Japanese men with obesity showed that increasing carotenoid-rich vegetables, like lettuce, helped reduce visceral fat (fat stored around vital organs). The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study also linked lettuce consumption to abdominal fat loss in Latino youth.

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Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse, perfect for salads, smoothies, or even eaten on its own.

According to dietitians, incorporating more spinach can aid in belly fat loss. This is because the fibre in spinach aids digestion and gut health, and its vitamin K content might play a role in reducing body weight and visceral fat.

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These vibrant vegetables are another great source of lutein and a perfect addition to your belly-fat-fighting diet. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition even found that lutein supplementation, when combined with a low-calorie diet, led to positive changes in participants, including reduced waist circumference, visceral fat, and body weight.

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This cruciferous vegetable is packed with antioxidants, especially sulforaphane, which helps reduce inflammation so the body can lose weight. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that regularly consuming dark green vegetables, including broccoli, was linked to decreased belly fat in overweight Latino youth.

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