“A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that dark green veggies, like broccoli, may help reduce belly fat,” says Amidor. Bonus: “The study also found that these veggies may also decrease risk factors for type 2 diabetes.”
“Beans are the ultimate weight loss food,” says Hever. “They have the ideal macronutrient composition (a perfect ratio of fiber and protein) to ensure satiety with few calories and they also happen to be versatile, cheap, and user-friendly. You should eat at least one and a half cups of beans a day to support weight loss without feeling hungry.”
“Nuts are surprisingly an excellent food to support weight loss. Although they’re rich in calories, they’ve been associated with weight loss and weight loss maintenance,” says Hever. “Researchers suggest this is due the fact that nuts promote satiety, thereby leading to compensation of calories elsewhere in the diet. Also, nuts have been shown to increase resting metabolism.” A faster metabolism can help flush out any bloating, so this is definitely a plus for slipping into your skinny jeans or favorite cocktail dress.