Jade Jenny, head CrossFit coach and owner of Champlain Valley CrossFit, told POPSUGAR, "People think they can get abs and just abs." But here's the truth: "Reducing belly fat ultimately comes down to how you eat."
In order to lose belly fat, you need to reduce your overall body fat percentage by dialing in your diet, eating whole foods, ditching the junk, and creating a calorie deficit with portion control. Focus on lean protein like tofu, salmon, and eggs; healthy fats like avocado and nuts; and complex carbs such as quinoa, oats, and sweet potato.
You can also diminish visceral fat around your inner organs by eating fiber-rich veggies such as greens and beans, as well as berries like blueberries.
Christmas Abbott, a CrossFit competitor, told POPSUGAR that to diminish belly cellulite, "You can't go wrong by dividing your plate into thirds and filling each section with a primo protein, primo carbohydrate, and primo fat."