The Top 7 Breakfast Foods That Will Help You Fight Belly Fat

You’ve probably heard that eating breakfast can help you battle belly fat and reach your weight loss goals. But not all breakfasts are created equal. And when you’re trying to whittle your waistline, choosing the right breakfast can be the difference between trimming down or not.

Looking for the perfect breakfast options? Make sure your first meal of the day includes one of these top seven foods which help fight belly fat. (The food on page 6 may surprise you.)

Toast

Slices of toasted bread

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We aren’t talking about the ooey-gooey French toast topped with powdered sugar and syrup. (That dish is sure to aid your belly bulge along.) However, a slice of whole grain toast can work wonders if you’re trying to trim down your midsection. “A diet rich in whole grains may help fight your belly bulge while lowering the risk of heart disease,” WebMD tells us. But you don’t have to eat just a dry slice of toast. Pairing it with a protein is a great way to fill yourself up and combat belly fat.

Next: Since we mentioned protein …

Eggs

Fresh chicken and quail eggs on a wooden rustic background

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Whether you eat them with the yolk or just the white. Whether you like them poached atop a salad or scrambles with vegetables. Eggs are a key breakfast protein in the fight against belly fat. This is because eggs also pack in nutrients and can help you stay feeling full until lunchtime. “The best weight-loss breakfast is one that is rich in satiating nutrients, such as protein and fiber, while still fitting within your overall daily calorie needs for weight loss,” Livestrong summarizes. So if you’re pairing an egg or two with that piece of toast, you’re on the right track.

Next: And since we mentioned vegetables …

Spinach

Spinach

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While there’s no breakfast food out there that has the power to actually burn fat, there are certain eats that are great for helping that process along. Veggies are great breakfast components if you’re looking to minimize your midsection, Livestrong tells us. This is because vegetables contain the fiber you need to feel full for longer, plus they are jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients. Leafy greens like spinach also have fewer calories per gram, meaning they can be more easily burned off as you try to exercise away your belly bulge.

Next: Consider this snack a breakfast staple …

Nuts

Keep some healthy nuts nearby to control hunger.

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A good belly-busting breakfast also needs a little dose of healthy fats to round it out. And nuts are one of the best foods to fulfill that requirement. Nuts.com lists almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, and Brazil nuts as the best candidates for losing weight and blasting belly fat. Just be careful not to eat too many nuts for breakfast — overdoing it can make your belly bloat and give you an upset stomach.

Next: A good choice to pair with nuts …

Berries

Strawberries, red currants, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries

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Like vegetables, fruits have fewer calories per gram than processed breakfast foods, plus they have fiber to help you stay feeling full until lunch. Berries, Shape tells us, are packed with antioxidants which help regulate blood sugar levels and keep sugar from being sent to your fat cells (ie keeps your belly bulge from growing.) They add that research shows people who eat more antioxidants have better success with weight management, even if they consume more calories.

Next: An unexpected breakfast staple …

Fish

Mediterranean style food

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You may not think of a bagel topped with lox as a weight loss-promoting breakfast. However, that’s mostly in part because of the carb-heavy bagel — and the often-present smear of cream cheese. Salmon, however, is a great breakfast food for combatting belly fat. Fish like salmon and tuna gives you both protein and healthy fats — both components for a belly-blasting breakfast. To get the most out of your breakfast fish, opt for a whole grain bagel or piece of toast. (And skip the fattening spreads.)

Next: Last but not least …

Avocado

Avocado

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It should be no surprise that avocados are a belly-blasting breakfast food. They’re packed with healthy fats, which every breakfast needs. Plus they contain both fiber and oleic acid, which help ward off feelings of hunger with a one-two punch. To make things even better, adding avocado to your breakfast is incredibly easy. Half an avocado sliced up on whole grain toast, chopped up into an omelet, or added to a fruit smoothie is a great way to help fight belly fat and start your day off right.

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