12 Flat Belly Summer Foods That Turn Off The Hormones, Which Make You Fat (Plant-Based)

Does stress have you pulling out your hair on a regular basis? There’s another incentive to reduce your stress levels besides keeping your locks intact: you’ll also reduce belly fat.

When you’re emotionally stressed, it means your body is producing higher levels of a hormone known as cortisol. According to Yale researchers, in this stressful state, cortisol will cause your body to store fat, and belly fat in particular.

Besides reserving some me time to relax, another way to reduce stress and cortisol levels is simply by going on a trip to your closest grocery store. As it turns out, you can also eat your stress away, thanks to particular foods that counteract cortisol. These foods are loaded with vitamin C, a nutrient which research has found to lower feelings of stress.

Cherries

Cherries

Tart and sweet, cherries are like candy from the earth. They’re about 81 percent water per volume so they’ll fill you up for very few calories and a one cup serving boasts a quarter of the day’s vitamin C. Cherries have also been marked as a natural sleep aid thanks to their melatonin content.

Cranberries

Cranberries

They’re not just known for their UTI-fighting powers; cranberries are also one of the lowest-sugar fruits, which makes them a tasty pop of color for your salads or on top of a smoothie bowl.

Blueberries

Blueberries

Fighting off belly-fat-triggering cortisol is actually kinda low on a blueberry’s to-do list. But that’s understandable when that’s because the little blue bullet is busy boosting brain power, blasting belly fat, helping your heart and lowering blood pressure, fighting free radicals, and fending off hunger pangs. So yeah, feel free to throw a cup of blueberries into your smoothie, salad, or just eat ’em straight!

Tomatoes




Conventionally grown tomatoes are good for your health, but research suggests that the organic varieties are even better. Why? They have a higher level of disease-fighting polyphenols and vitamin C. Dip ’em in hummus as a snack or pile them onto sandwiches and salads to reap the health-boosting benefits.

Raspberries

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Who doesn’t adore raspberries? Kids love ’em because they’re sweet, chefs like them because they’re tasty and nice to look at, and nutritionists swoon over their nutritional resumé. Packed with antioxidants, insoluble fiber, and vitamin C, these berries reduce fat-causing inflammation while keeping you full and satisfied.

Cantaloupe




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Stress can zap your energy and kill your libido. Thankfully, fighting back is as easy as noshing on a cup of cantaloupe. The orange fruit packs a day’s worth of vitamin C and makes a tasty addition to everything from fat-burning detox waters to a light and refreshing fruit salad.

Green Peas

Green Peas

Don’t let these little humble guys fool you; a cup of green peas contains eight times the protein of a cup of spinach and almost your entire day of cortisol-crushing vitamin C. Sprinkle them into your salad or add them to an omelet to give your breakfast a boost.

Mango

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Besides providing a day’s worth of vitamin C in every cup, mango’s tropical scent will remind you of a relaxing getaway, slashing stress and helping you slim down simultaneously.

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

In addition to soothing vitamin C, this South American fruit is a potent source of vision-protecting vitamin A and satiating fiber. Cut the fruit in half and eat the pulp with a spoon, or cut it into pieces and add the meat and seeds into a smoothie with some mango, vanilla yogurt, water and ice.

Papaya

Papaya

Papaya, sometimes called “the fruit of the angels,” is an oft-overlooked nutritional goldmine. The exotic fruit provides an impressive 88 milligrams of vitamin C and 2.5 grams of belly-filling fiber for just 62 calories and 11 grams of sugar.

Red Bell Pepper

Red Bell Pepper

Thanks to the metabolism-boosting compound dihydrocapsiate and their high vitamin C content, bell peppers make a solid addition to any weight loss diet. Dip slices of the veggie into hummus, add the veggie to sandwiches and salads or throw some steak in a corn tortilla with salsa, black beans, red pepper and onion for a Mexi-inspired dinner.

Black Currants

Black Currants

Typically used in jams or juices, black currants are tart little berries that aren’t very popular in the U.S. but do offer an exciting array of nutrition. Not only are they rich in vitamin C, experts reportedly say black currants have up to twice as many antioxidants as blueberries.

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