Put These 5 Top Belly Fat Burning Foods and Drinks Into Action Today!


Nagina Abdullah


February 8, 2018

belly fat burning foods

You can’t button your favorite jeans. That shirt you love clings to your rolls or shows your bulge. Fat around your belly rolling over your jeans when you sit looks awful and feels so uncomfortable.  There’s a secret that will help you: mouthwatering belly fat burning foods. 

Belly fat isn’t just a problem for your appearance or self-confidence. It’s also a sign of serious health risk. This study talks about how extra fat around the belly is connected to metabolic disorders, heart disease and diabetes.

You might have extra fat around your midsection, or maybe you’re just retaining water and feel bloated a lot. Either way, it’s uncomfortable and not healthy.

Here are 5 incredible belly fat burning foods to help you get your hourglass figure back. They’ll make you beautiful on the inside too, with lots of health-boosting power!

5 Types of Food for Burning Belly Fat

1. Herbs and spices

Of course! Herbs and spices give healthy food so much more flavor. That means you won’t pine for foods that pack the weight on. It also keeps you from adding more salt, which will bloat you.

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This Curried Garbanzo Bean recipe with turmeric helped me lose my first 10 pounds.

Herbs and spices are also mild diuretics, which will help you flush extra water your body could be holding onto. Try this relaxing and fat burning Turmeric Tea recipe or Cinnamon Tea to Reshape Your Body! Find out more about the surprising Herbal Tea Health Benefits (coming soon).

Alliums like onions, scallions and chives are awesome belly fat burning foods that make dishes extra flavorful. They also have prebiotic fiber to keep you regular. Prebiotic fiber feeds probiotic (good bacteria) strains in your gut. Healthline notes that people who eat lots of prebiotic fiber have more healthy diverse good gut bacteria and lower risk of belly fat.

Basil, cilantro, rosemary, sage, tarragon, mint, oregano and black and red chili peppers are all wonderful! My Easy Spicy PALEO One Week Meal Plan and Crock Pot Chili Recipe (with a special tip for how to make beans less gassy) are both packed with tasty belly fat burning recipes featuring lots of these spices and herbs.

Turmeric is one of the best belly fat burning foods out there! Click here to get a free Turmeric Cheat Sheet with 5 ways to get more turmeric every day and a Golden Smoothie Recipe. 


 2.  Yogurt

Yogurt is full of probiotics that feed your gut to keep it healthy. It keeps your bowel movements regular, which reduced bloating from constipation.

It also fends off digestive disorders and helps you stay full, thanks to the protein. This is especially true with Greek yogurt.

For more recipes packed with belly fatburning herbs and spices and/or that go well with yogurt, check out these posts.

  1. Crock Pot Chili Recipe Packed With Anti-inflammatory Ingredients
  2. Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala + 6 Other MUST-TRY Healthy Crock Pot Meals
  3. Health Benefits of Cinnamon (coming soon) 

3. Coffee

Did you know that coffee could help you reduce your circumference? It can!

The caffeine and the coffee itself helps motivate your digestive tract. Eliminating waste your body no longer needs is key to staying slim in the middle.

Drink 8 to 16 oz. of unsweetened coffee at the same time every day to help your body do its thing. You could add a little unsweetened almond milk, or just drink it black.

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There’s a lot of debate about whether caffeine is healthy or not. The general consensus is that some people are more sensitive to it than others. In small amounts like 1 or 2 cups a day, it’s fine for most people. An in my experience, it really does work to move digestion along!

Certain herbal teas can help you burn fat and stimulate digestion, too. Read more about Tea for Weight Loss (coming soon).

4. Protein

Keeping your body fueled and staying satisfied is essential to a healthy weight. If you’re running on empty, you’re bound to reach for foods that don’t help you on your way to a slimmer tummy. Getting enough protein is a very important part of staying satisfied.

Particularly fish with Omega 3s are so good for your whole body, and your waistline. Full of healthy fats, high in protein, and easy easy to digest, fish is a great way to go.

There’s also evidence that protein actually counteracts belly fat itself

Some other excellent choices are eggs, legumes, nuts, other meats, tofu and dairy products. Whey protein in smoothies is a great way to supplement if you’re not getting enough.

Vegans and vegetarians, check out this Healthline article on great protein sources. And get my Easy Spicy VEGAN One-Week Meal Plan and Easy Spicy VEGETARIAN One-Week Meal Plan

5. Beans and Lentils

If you’ve been following my blog, you know these are some of my absolute favorite belly fatburning foods. They help your body burn fat and build muscle while regulating your digestion. They also feed the good bacteria in your colon.

They bring down bloat by helping your nervous and muscular systems. This helps you build lean muscles and burn fat.

Try this Potluck Party Chicken Bean Chili recipe or Healthy Slow Cooker Spiced Lentil and Vegetable Soup. These make cooking legumes (beans and lentils) so easy. You just dump everything in the crock pot and go!

How to Lose Belly Fat in 10 Days

Forget doing crunches until you’re red in the face. If you add the right foods to your diet, you could be ahead in the flat-tummy game in as quickly as 10 days.

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Read this post to find out why I’m a big believer in losing weight is more dependent on what you eat, not exercise.

  Don’t miss these other easy belly fat burning foods! These herbal teas are incredible for weight loss.

  1. Ginger Tea Recipe to Kick a Cold and Turn Your Digestion up a Notch
  2. Cinnamon Tea to Reshape Your Body
  3. Health Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon (Coming soon)  

 Don’t forget your free Turmeric Spice Cheat Sheet with exact recipes to help you burn and block fat cells from forming on your body.


Did you know some of your favorite foods could also be belly fat busters? Which ones are you most excited to try more of?

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Nagina Sethi Abdullah, BA, MBA

Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

Reader Interactions


  1. lori sayles says

    Hi Nagina, I am really loving these recipes, and might I say you look fantastic and you are so inspiring. I would like to be on your VIP list but I haven’t found the Web site to get on. If you could send it to me I would be grateful. Thanks Nagina

  2. Rebecca says

    Hy Nagina thank you for the secret receipt ..i will like to ask if you can send me weekly diet to loose my big belly.tx

    • Avatar photoNagina says

      Awesome Esther! How did it work and how did you use those spices?

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