To Lose Belly Fat, Eat the Right Stuff

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A flat stomach: the holy grail of adults-of-a-certain age everywhere. Spot exercises, fad diets, and internet tricks don’t work, so what can you do to whittle your waistline? According to a review of evidence published in Health & Fitness Journal, the answer is simple: eat a heart-healthy diet that’s high in fiber and low in saturated fats.

About 54 percent of Americans have abdominal obesity — excess fat stored in the abdomen — and average waist circumference is growing. Excess abdominal fat increases heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome risk, largely due to fat stored below the abdominal muscles around internal organs. Abdominal obesity is defined as a waist circumference of 34 inches or more in women and 40 inches in men.

The researchers at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo who wrote the report, suggest that eating fewer trans and saturated fats and more fiber — consistent with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and the Mediterranean diet — can help reduce abdominal fat.

Sourced from: American College of Sports Medicine