Belly fat can stop you from buying that perfect little black dress which you have been eyeing since last summer or wearing a skimpy two-piece swimsuit in Hawaii.
People want to lose belly fat and love handles, and they want to lose it fast. The secret to losing belly fat is taking in just the right amount of calories that the body needs to function properly and burning as many calories you can through exercise.
I believe that most people agree that the latter is harder as you need to allocate time, money, and effort to do it. What we put inside our body is easier to manage than trying to burn the fat off.
Since people love to eat snacks in between work, while watching TV, or even when they are just bored, this article provides healthy snack options that contain less than 100 calories.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vare among the healthiest snacks as they give a person the feeling of fullness yet they contain very little amount of calories. As a bonus, fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals that help in making the body healthy.
Food Portion Size Calories
Celery 1 stick 5
Lettuce 30 g 5
Cucumber 1 medium size 10
Broccoli 100g 20
Cranberries 100g 15
Blackberries 100g 25
Strawberries 100g 27
Fresh Apricot 100g 29
Whole-grain snacks are great energy-giving food because they contain good amounts of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Also, whole grain snacks contain lesser calories.
Brown rice cake 9g 35
Whole wheat bread 28.3g 70
Whole-grain crackers 5 crackers 70
Nuts and Seeds
Most nuts and seeds contain high fat, however, they are monounsaturated fat which is beneficial to the body because it reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) while increases the good cholesterol (HDL).
It is also rich in protein that helps in building and repairing the muscles. Most nuts and seeds contain a high amount of calories so eating it in moderation is a must, below are some nut and seed snacks that contain a low amount of calories.
Air-popped popcorn 1 oz. 31
Roasted Breadfruit seeds 1 oz. 59
Chinese chestnuts roasted 1oz. 68
Almond butter 1 tbsp. 89
Unsalted peanut butter 1 tbsp. 95
Low-Fat Dairy Products
Low-Fat Dairy Products are excellent sources of calcium. Calcium is needed by the body to make the teeth and bones healthy. Most dairy products are high in fat thus making it high in calories. So, choose the non-fat or low-fat version of these dairy products.
Reduced-fat yogurt 3.5oz 45
Skimmed milk 3.5oz 38
Low-fat cottage cheese 3.5oz 80
Eating low-calorie food is a great way to lose belly fat, however, you must remember that you need all the types of nutrients found in different food groups to stay healthy; fats and protein from nuts, carbohydrates from whole grain food, vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, and calcium from low-fat dairy products. If you are really determined to lose that bulging belly fat, a balanced diet, and regular exercise are the sure ways to do it.