Trying to lose weight? There's a good chance there's one place that your body loves to hang on to fat. You probably know exactly where I'm talking about: your belly. Not only is it one of the hardest places to lose weight; it's also one of the most dangerous places to carry weight. Extra belly fact increases your risks of many health problems including hypertension and type II diabetes.

There are five foods that are optimal belly fat burning foods. You can eat nurtritous foods, feel full and still drop that unsightly and unhealthy belly fat.

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Oatmeal: This old standby is a great way to start the morning. Because it's fiber rich, it digests slowly and you'll feel full longer. Oatmeal helps regulate your blood sugar levels so you won't have spikes and drops. Add a little fresh fruit like blueberries for taste without many calories. BUT don't buy the types of oatmeal that are pre-packed with sugar.

Wheat germ and chia seed: Chia seeds and wheat germ are another high in fiber food. Including two to three tablespoons per day in your diet is an excellent way to make you "regular." They are also high in protein and contain "good fats." They are easy to use because they require no advanced preparation. Both chia and wheat germ can be sprinkled on top of oatmeal, yogurt, or a salad. You can also add them to a green smoothie.

Spinach and other green vegetables: Spinach and other green vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber, which keeps you feeling full. Spinach only contains about 40 calories per cup. But in that cup you'll find vitamins A, C and K, folic acid, iron, and magnesium. Spinach is also a good source of calcium. Calcium helps your muscles contract and therefore the abdominal muscles will benefit from adequate calcium intake. 

What if you don't really like spinach or vegetables? Or get tired of eating salads? The solution is an easy one. Just make a fruit smoothie in a good blender and add spinach or green veggies to the mixture as it blends. It's best to start with adding a handful or two at first. Sample the mixture before adding more. Sometimes it takes a while to adjust to the taste of the "green-ness" in a smoothie.

Beans and legumes: Like many of the other foods on this list; beans and legumes are high in fiber and rich in good protein. This means they too leave you feeling full for a long time. They also don't spike your sugar levels. When your glucose level rises quickly and then drops, your body tends to store the extra fat in your body. And guess where one of those favorite places is? The belly, of course. So any type of food that stabilizes your glucose level will help prevent belly fat. Beans and legumes are also good anti-inflammatories.

Almonds and other nuts: Nuts are good snack to keep with you at all times. You can keep some small plastic bags of nuts in your desk drawer at work for that mid-afternoon sag that always arrives around 2 or 3 o'clock. Put another bag in your purse or the glove compartment of your car. You'll have them handy when you're out running errands. The good fats and fiber in the nuts help you feel full without adding a lot of calories. They are also full of protein so they give your body a boost of energy. Always buy raw, unsalted nuts. If they don't have them at your grocery store try a health food store or local farmers market. Buy them in bulk and then divide them into smaller containers.

Don't think you have to spend the rest of your life carrying around dangerous belly fat. Add these foods to your diet and you'll eventually obtain the flat belly you've always wanted.

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Ingrid is a holistic health coach, personal trainer, fitness motivator, and wellness author. After finding the key to losing 50 pounds in 90 days, she wants to share how she did it with her free course 9 Simple Secrets I Used to Melt Away 50 Pounds

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acrog...
We love spinach, broccoli, green beans and more. Beans are already a staple in our home. Lentils too. We all like cashews and peanuts and Almonds. Really only the kids and abuela like oatmeal, but I have been thinking of adding it to our pancakes
MrsDi...
I love beans and nuts but I only like oatmeal in a cookie, I guess that doesn't count.
sophi...

I eat all of it!  I regularly keep these foods stocked. 

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