Belly fat is one of the most stubborn and difficult fats to remove, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done!
There’s no miracle cure for it (sadly), but there are some Indian superfoods that are regarded as a big help when it comes to fighting belly fat.
1. Ajwain Seeds
These seeds are also known as carom seeds, and they have a pungent taste and unique flavor. They are traditionally used to treat a number of respiratory disorders, as well as for indigestion and flatulence relief.
Ajwain seeds are also said to be effective for weight loss, and the recommended way to consume them is to boil a tablespoon of ajwain seeds in a liter of water, and sip on the drink through the day.
You can also chew on a spoonful of ajwain seeds half an hour before breakfast, to help your body digest your meal more easily.
2. Moong Dal
Moong dal is made from moong beans, and is full of vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as minerals like calcium, iron, and potassium. Moong dal is also high in fiber and protein, so is a great food for weight loss.
It’s also low calorie – one half-cup of boiled moong beans only totals 106 calories, so you can have a bowl along with your lunch or dinner.
Lauki (or dhoodhi) is a green vegetable that is fiber-rich and has a water content of 92%, so it’s great for weight loss and staying hydrated.
This veggie contains vitamin A, C, niacin, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. It’s good for helping to lower blood pressure, and for helping you to relax after a meal.
A bowl of cooked lauki only has 73 calories, so you can have it along with your dinner. You can also drink a glass of lauki juice in the morning before breakfast.
Dalia is also known as bulgar wheat, and it is very popular as a meal accompaniment in place of rice or pasta. It’s high in protein, low fat and full of fiber. The fiber delays your digestion and makes you feel fuller for longer.
It’s low on the glycemic index, as well as low in calories. It’s also very easy to cook, and you can have a dish on the table in under 15 minutes.
Sabja is also known as basil seeds, and contains vitamins A, E, K, B and is also full of dietary fiber. Eating sabja before a meal can help you to avoid overeating, and will help relieve constipation.
They also contain beneficial compounds like copper, calcium, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Soak a tablespoon of sabja in water, and it will expand to almost 30 times its size, but one tablespoon of these seeds contains only 21 calories. This makes it an excellent diet supplement, as it will stop you feeling hungry and aid in weight loss.
Buttermilk is consumed widely in many parts of India, and it is made by churning yogurt and adding spices. Buttermilk is also the leftover liquid after churning butter, and it is often consumed with added salt for flavor.
Buttermilk has more lactic acid and less fat compared to regular milk, and it is nutrient-rich, containing protein, calcium, potassium, and vitamins. 100ml of buttermilk only has 45 calories, so it can make a great substitute for snacks and sugary drinks.
Because it’s easy to digest, buttermilk helps to promote weight loss, as well as helping the body absorb nutrients from other foods.