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9 Foods That Will Melt Your Belly Fat--No Exercise Required!

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We all want to lose a few pounds off our bellies. However, with busy schedules or, let's be honest, complete laziness, not a lot of people want to actually put in the effort to make it happen.

There are ways to promote weight loss in your body, such as eating dinner at least two hours before you go to bed. When you go to sleep right after eating a heavy meal, your body is more likely to develop belly fat which is not ideal.

Luckily, there are some foods that will naturally burn your belly fat for you, without having to start an exercise regiment.

1. Oats

No, not that sugar-loaded oatmeal we all grew up with. Regular oats are packed with soluble fiber, which is a great way to keep your digestive tract regular. This can lower your blood sugar and cholesterol, and helps you lose unwanted pounds.

"Fiber binds with fat and sugar molecules as they travel through your digestive tract, which reduces the number of calories you actually get," explained Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D. to Eating Well.

2. Mushrooms

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Especially in colder months, our exposure to vitamin D is limited, but mushrooms can help make up for that. Adding mushrooms to a soup, stir-fry, or just a basic sandwich can give you that extra vitamin D you're lacking, which has a direct impact on your belly fat.

"Research shows that low levels of vitamin D may be correlated with abdominal obesity," says Kayleen St. John, R.D.

3. Watermelons

A great snacking food, watermelons are high in minerals, which help keep you hydrated and nourished. The juice from a watermelon has been proven to help reduce water retention, clear your body of toxins, and detox your organs. The American Dietetic Association says watermelon is an ideal food to reduce not only belly fat, but also your overall weight.

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