Look to Your Diet
The saying "abs are made in the kitchen" is surprisingly accurate. So is the phrase "you can't outrun a bad diet." Because they really are, and you really can't.
"There aren't specific foods that contribute to fat loss around the midsection specifically, but high-fiber foods will assist with fat loss overall by helping to maintain a steady blood sugar level and control your appetite," English said. "High-fiber diets are also associated with less abdominal adiposity." She recommends incorporating quinoa, sprouted grain bread, lentils, and leafy green veggies in your diet as much as possible. "Including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet will also help provide the body with phytochemicals, which can fight inflammation associated with body fat," she added. In essence: aim for a balanced diet that includes fiber-rich complex carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats.
Another key component: water. "Make sure you're hydrating appropriately," English said. "Dehydration can contribute to bloating as the body holds on to excess water. This can make you feel puffy around the midsection."