We all know the first rule in losing weight or maintaining weight is to burn more calories than we take in.  The best way to do that is cardio exercise to burn calories, along with resistance training to build muscle. However, some of us need extra help to lose belly fat, so here are some foods you might try.

     Black beans, as all legumes, contain a lot of fiber and protein, both of which make us feel full.  Black beans have the highest amount of flavonoids and research shows may hinder the storage of belly fat.

     Pears are high in fiber and loaded in catechias and flavonols that hinder storage of belly fat.

     Popcorn without butter or salt is a whole grain that studies show helps reduce belly fat.

   Cold potatoes like in potato salad create hunger-fighting hormones.  They must be chilled overnight to be effective.

     Peanuts contain healthy fats that burn more readily and a better choice for a snack than cookies or chips.

   Sunflower seeds unsalted can be added to almost any food like soups, salads, sandwiches, or cereal.  They also contain a healthy fat that burns quickly.

     White tea has something that causes cells to absorb 70% less fat.

    Apple cider vinegar contains a compound called acetic acid which helps the body burn fat and hinders fat storage.

   Safflower oil, thanks to omega-6 fatty acid, will speed up metabolism with only a few tablespoons a day.