The 9 Best Flat-Belly Superfoods
Impossible? Not only is it possible, it's science: The new science of how certain foods (burgers, smoothies, even steak!) can reverse our fat storage genes to flatten our bellies fast—and keep us lean for life!
You may think having the "fat genes" means a lean, flat belly is nearly impossible. But the more we learn about fat genes, the more we're learning the nutritional secrets that can turn them to "off." This summer, I used this new research to create my Zero Belly Diet and put together a test panel of 500 people to show how it could work. The results: Immediate, shocking transformations—some lost as much as 16 pounds in 14 days—and an average of two dress sizes gone in six weeks!
Zero Belly works in three ways: by reducing bloat, healing your gut and turbocharging your metabolism. These three mechanisms work in tandem to turn off your fat genes—resetting your body to "slender" and helping you lose the weight. The key is to rebalance your diet with the Zero Belly foods. These 9 foods are like delicious little IT geniuses, hacking into your body's computer system and resetting your genetic code to "slim."
Start with adding these simple selections to your daily routine, and check out Zero Belly Diet now to start losing weight while eating the foods you love!
Z: ZERO BELLY Drinks
These are smoothies that are supercharged with belly-flattening nutrients. The key: each drink is packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber. Here's a quick recipe I call the Mango Muscle-Up: Mix 1 scoop vegetarian protein powder, 1 cup frozen mango chunks, ½ tbsp almond butter, and ½ cup unsweetened almond, coconut or hemp milk. You'll get 29 grams of protein for just 224 calories!
Eggs are the number one source of choline, a fat-burning nutrient. They fire up your metabolism and they help turn off the genes for belly fat storage.
R: Red Fruits
Why red? They pack the most phytonutrients—high-powered compounds that make your belly fat see red.
O: Olive Oil and Other Healthy Fats
Healthy fats force your body to burn calories more efficiently. Don't worry: eating fat won't make you fat any more than eating money will make you rich.
B: Beans and Other Healthy Fiber
You have 80 trillion microbes in your belly, and most of them are angry. Healthy fiber is what we call "prebiotic," meaning it feeds the healthy bacteria and helps them fight inflammation and fat gain.
E: Extra Plant Protein
I add protein to the ZERO BELLY Drinks to help boost metabolism. But most protein is made from whey, which can lead to bloating. That's why I use plant protein. This plan reduces bloating dramatically—up to 3 inches off your waistline in the first week.
L: Lean Meat and Fish
Protein is kryptonite to belly fat. I want you to eat steak, shrimp–even burgers! (My Ultimate Burger recipe, in Zero Belly, is 100% beef and only 387 calories.)
L: Leafy Greens and Brightly Colored Vegetables
Leafy greens give you folate, which blocks the genes that trigger fat-cell formation.
Y: Your Favorite Spices and Flavors
That means cinnamon, ginger and even dark chocolate. Why chocolate? Your healthy gut bacteria love it!