Skip Nav
Popsugar Interviews
If You're Trying to Lose Weight, You Should Probably Stay Away From These Fruits
Does Alternate Day Fasting Help With Weight Loss?
Personal Essay
I Did Alternate Day Fasting, and This Is What My Belly Looked Like After 3 Weeks
Celebrity Fitness
The Cardio Exercises Halle Berry Swears By to Maintain a Lean Figure and Burn Calories
Weight Watchers
Trying Weight Watchers? Here's a Full Week of Meals to Get You Started
Breathing and Exercise
Beginner Fitness Tips
Check Your Breath! No Matter Your Workout, We Have Some Helpful Tips For You

Foods to Avoid to Lose Belly Fat

A Dietitian Reveals the 2 Things You Should Avoid Eating If You Want to Lose Belly Fat

Photographer: Them TooEditorial and internal use only. No advertising or print.

It seems like there's always a new fad diet or supplement that promises to blast away belly fat: Atkins, Whole30, green tea, keto, cinnamon, intermittent fasting, to name a few. And while many people have found varying success on many of these programs, the promises that they can immediately transform your body are overblown.

"There is still no miracle diet, food, nutrient, or bioactive component that will target abdominal fat," Kari D. Pilolla, PhD, RDN, of the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, wrote in an article for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. She continued that this belly fat increases risk for heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. But while targeting belly fat is important, there is no miracle cure or specific diet that can do the trick.

Avoid Trans and Saturated Fats, but Eat Plenty of Fiber

There are, however, some dietary patterns that have been found to help reduce belly fat. For example, a diet low in trans and saturated fat and higher in fiber has been found to help reduce belly fat. To decrease belly fat, try to avoid or limit both trans fats and saturated fats; we recommend eating healthier fats instead — MUFAs (monounsaturated fats) and PUFAs (polyunsaturated fats) found in foods like avocados and olive oil. "These recommendations are consistent with heart-healthy diets like the NIH-developed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean-style diet," she wrote.

ADVERTISEMENT

She also urged health and fitness professionals to stay up to date and critical of peer-reviewed and published research evidence. "A single study, even if well designed, does not support changing diet or exercise recommendations," she wrote.

Since belly fat is such a persistent issue for people, both for aesthetics and health purposes, there's no shortage of belly-fat-related content and recommendations on the internet. But it's important to be discerning with the information and stay up to date with the latest research. If you're looking to lose weight and target belly fat, it's best to talk with your doctor or a registered dietitian to find the best diet for you.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / THEM TOO
From Our Partners
Weight Watchers Meal Plan
60-Pound Weight Loss Transformation
How to Eat Keto at Panera Bread
Can Sparkling Water Cause Weight Gain?
Simple Plan to Lose Weight
Worst Foods For Belly Fat
50-Pound Weight Loss Transformations
How Do I Know If I'm in a Calorie Deficit?
Intermittent Fasting Guide
Salad For Weight  Loss
Low-Carb Vegan Protein Sources
Carb, Protein, and Fat Ratio For Weight Loss and Muscle Gain
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds