Lean proteins help lose visceral fat. Salmon is low in fat and helps cut calories for faster weight loss. Chicken and salmon are high-protein dinner choices. Younkin says a 3-ounce chicken dish offers 25 grams of protein, no fat, and no carbs.
Salmon offers 23 grams of protein and omega-3 fats that decrease inflammation in a 4-ounce serving. She suggests adding "half a plate of non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli, and a whole grain like farro" to make the dinner healthier.
Salmon boosts metabolism. Hanks calls salmon "an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D." Salmon's omega-3 fatty acids "reduce inflammation, regulate immune health, and support digestion," aiding weight loss. Fatty acids thicken hair and strengthen nails.
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Protein isn't limited to meat. There are many vegetarian, plant-based proteins that burn abdominal fat. Pallian suggests tofu for visceral fat loss. She says tofu is condensed soy milk strained and commonly formed into solid white blocks of various softnesses—silken, soft, firm, extra firm, or super firm. Pallian also recommends tempeh.
Tofu and tempeh are great plant-based protein sources that may help reduce belly obesity after menopause. "A study of 15 postmenopausal women found that those who drank a soy-based shake every day for three months gained less abdominal fat," Pallian says. Tofu is tasty, healthy, and weight-loss-friendly.