Skip Nav
Weight Loss
Yes, You Can Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 2 Months (and Keep It Off) — Here's How
Holiday Fitness
This Healthy Holiday Hack Will Save You So Many Calories This Season
Holiday Fitness
8 Resolutions to Jump-Start 2019 and Keep You on Track For Better Health All Year
Healthy Recipes
25 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes You Can Enjoy For Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
What's the Best Diet For Long-Term Weight Loss?
Weight Loss
If You Want to Lose Weight and Keep It Off, a Doctor Says to Skip Keto and Intermittent Fasting

How to Reduce Belly Fat

3 Things to Help You Have a Tighter and More Toned Tummy

If you're constantly doing crunches to get a six-pack, you may be going about things the wrong way. Along with fat-burning cardio, the best way to lose belly fat is through these three diet changes.

Eat These

Proven to reduce abdominal fat, MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) should be a part of your daily diet, and you can find them in avocado, nuts and nut butters, seeds, and olive oil. Just be mindful of how much you eat since these are also high in calories. Blueberries may also help diminish belly fat, so make a point to throw them in your salads and smoothies. Some foods like pineapple contain an enzyme that helps ease digestion and banish bloat, making your belly look and feel flatter. High-fiber foods like pears, berries, veggies, beans, and whole grains have the same effect — plus they keep you feeling full longer, just like healthy fats. Feeling full keeps hunger at bay, so you crave less and eat less, reducing your total daily calorie intake which will reduce your overall body fat, including that extra bit around your middle.

Ditch These

Trans fat is a big no-no for your health in general, but also for your belly. It's found in many processed foods like granola bars, crackers, cookies, some peanut butter, and breads. If the list of ingredients includes partially hydrogenated oil, put it back on the shelf. Avoid processed foods, soda, and meats that are high in saturated fat. Try to limit sugar, simple carbs like bagels, and alcohol since these won't fill you up, so you'll end up eating extra calories you don't need. Also, steer clear of foods that personally cause you bloating like dairy products, sweeteners, or bread.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Trifecta

You don't need to give up carbs and go all crazy with a protein-only diet. Instead, CrossFit competitor Christmas Abbott told us to embrace the macronutrient trifecta of proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats to help reduce overall body fat, which will aid in reducing stubborn belly fat. Including all three in your meals will make you feel more satisfied so you end up consuming smaller portions. Plus, you'll feel fuller longer which helps you consume fewer total calories.

From Our Partners
75-Pound Weight Loss CrossFit and Renaissance Periodization
What's the Best Diet For Long-Term Weight Loss?
Weight-Loss Tips For the New Year
Biggest Diets of 2018
Keto Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
How to Lose Water Weight
Calorie Saving Tip For the Holidays
Do You Burn Fat During Workouts?
BBG Transformations 2018
Study Finds Sunlight Shrinks Fat Cells
Habits For Losing Weight
How to Lose Last 5 Pounds
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds