What to Eat to Lose Belly Fat
Exercise is just one part of the fat-loss equation, and if you're diet isn't up to par, you may not get the results you're after. A simple lifestyle change I always share with clients is drink more water and stay hydrated. The next thing I tell them to focus on is eating whole, minimally processed foods.
Eating in a calorie deficit may work for some, but according to Brittany Linn, RD, CDN, clinical nutrition coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital, "Many times, women are way too restrictive with their calorie intake." There isn't a universal amount of calories you should consume per day, but this formula can help you determine how many calories you need in a day. I also recommend speaking with a registered dietitian who can give you more individualized nutritional advice.
If you're wondering if there's a set list of foods to eat to lose fat, there isn't. Instead, most experts recommend consuming foods that are high in fiber like lentils, kale, and sweet potatoes to help you stay full longer. You should also try to consume no more than 25 grams of sugar a day, and cut back on refined grains like white bread, since they can affect your insulin levels and cause weight gain.
As you can tell, losing body fat is complex and won't happen overnight. But if you're consistent and patient, you will begin to see results.