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How to Reduce Stomach Fat With Kale and Cauliflower
There's no one food that's going to help you lose your stomach fat, and you can't selectively lose fat in one spot -- you can only reduce your overall body fat. But eating more nutrient-rich, low-calorie vegetables like cauliflower and kale can certainly help. The key to losing your belly is to eat a healthy diet that's low in sugar and high in fiber. Consult your doctor before starting any weight-loss diet.
Diet to Lose the Stomach
If you're trying to lose stomach fat, Rush University Medical Center suggests that you start by limiting your sugar intake by cutting out soda and juice. Instead, fill your diet with foods naturally high in fiber like fresh fruits and vegetables. You also want to eat more complex carbs such as whole grains and beans, as well as healthy polyunsaturated fats such as those found in salmon, walnuts and soy oil.
Kale, Cauliflower and Stomach Fat
According to the medical center, it's the fiber in the kale and cauliflower that's going to help you trim your stomach fat. A 1-cup serving of cooked kale or cauliflower has 3 grams of fiber. Adding more fiber to your diet helps you lose weight, says Harvard Health Publications, and reduces your risk of heart disease and diabetes, two risk factors of excess belly fat. Rush suggests starting meals with a vegetable, such as a salad or vegetable-based soup, in addition to filling half your plate with veggies.
Kale and Cauliflower Nutrition
It's not only the fiber in the kale and cauliflower that's good for belly fat. Both are low in calories, which can help reduce your calorie intake for overall weight loss, including your belly. A 1-cup serving of cooked kale has 36 calories, 0.5 gram of fat, 7 grams of carbs and 2.5 grams of protein. The same serving of cooked cauliflower has 28 calories, 0.5 gram of fat, 5 grams of carbs and 1 gram of protein.
The vegetables are also rich in nutrients that promote good health. Both are excellent sources of vitamin C, but kale is a better source of vitamins A and K and manganese.
Serving Kale and Cauliflower
Nutrient-rich kale and cauliflower are both versatile veggies that make great accompaniments to any meal. You can use raw kale as the green for your salad or the cauliflower to make a cauliflower soup -- skip the milk and blend the cauliflower instead to make it creamy. Both kale and cauliflower also make good additions to any stir-fry or veggie saute. Or you can roast them in the oven with a little olive oil and pepper to bring out the flavor.
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