Surprising Foods for Beating Belly FatSummer is here, and so is a renewed interest in shedding belly fat. We have five foods and drinks to help you slim down.
You would think that eating fat would make you fat. However, research published in the journal Diabetes Care concluded that monounsaturated fats — avocados are loaded with it — prevent central body fat distribution. Who knew that the guacamole you crave may be the most figure-friendly choice during bikini season? But you may want to skip the margarita. Sugar, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, has disastrous effects on your waistline.
Someday we will discover something not to love about green tea, but not today. Among the miracle elixir’s health benefits is its ability to reduce belly fat. Make it work for you by brewing a fresh cup and forgoing the sweetener. Also, skip the pre-bottled green teas, which may or may not contain the level of the catechin antioxidants found in a freshly brewed cup. If you want to enjoy it iced, brew two bags in one cup of hot water and pour over ice.
These nuts have gotten a bad rap over the years for their high fat content. But their monounsaturated fat actually helps you shed fat, particularly from your middle. Just don’t enjoy them in white-chocolate and macadamia nut cookies or covered in chocolate, or they lose all of their belly fat blasting power.
A spoonful of sugar may make the medicine go down, but a spoonful of vinegar may bring down your dress size. Japanese researchers found that even a tablespoon of vinegar added to study participants’ daily diet helped them shed fat from their waistline. Splash red wine vinegar on a salad or add it to poached fish.
Study after study has found that dairy — and we’re not just talking about low-fat dairy — helps you shed pounds and slim your middle. Go with plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt for its high protein and low sugar content.
We have five foods and drinks to help you slim down. However, skip low-calorie diets for reducing belly fat. They actually increase cortisol, which can contribute to belly fat. Instead, focus on where your calories are coming from and avoid refined carbohydrates.