Eat More Fat
We know it sounds counter intuitive, but certain types of fat can actually help you burn off that stubborn belly fat. The key is to opt for monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, all natural peanut butter, and olives. According to a study conducted by the American Diabetes Association, body fat accumulation was less in mice fed a diet rich in monounsaturated fats compared to those fed a diet high in saturated fats. “As both groups of mice were offered diets with the same energy intake, the difference in body fat accumulation between the two diet groups was ascribed to the value of fat quality.”
The American Journal Of Clinical Nutritional also produced a study proving that substituting dietary monounsaturated fat for saturated fat is associated with increased daily physical activity and resting energy expenditures, all of which is good news for your waist line. On top of that, monounsaturated fats will keep you fuller longer. Keep in mind that calories from foods rich in these healthy fats can stack up quickly (9 calories per gram of fat), so the key, just like with tequila, is moderation.
Increase Magnesium Intake
Magnesium can be magical in terms of busting belly fat. According to Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, medical advisory board member at Nutritional Magnesium Association, “Magnesium and the B-complex vitamins are energy nutrients. They activate enzymes that control digestion, absorption, and the utilization of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Lack of these necessary energy nutrients causes improper utilization of food, leading to such far-ranging symptoms as hypoglycemia, anxiety, and obesity.”
She goes on to explain that sometimes food cravings are actually cravings for nutrients. To avoid over eating, opt for magnesium-rich foods, such as pumpkin seeds, leafy greens, and avocado (another reason it’s so great!). Furthermore, magnesium can also assist in restful sleep, which is another great belly-fat buster.
Reduce Carbohydrate Intake
Not all carbs are bad for you, but consumption of processed carbs should be kept to a minimum. “They are not only fattening, but also addictive and energy-sapping,” says Julia Buckley, fitness trainer and author of The Fat Burn Revolution.
Gisela Bouvier of B Nutrition and Wellness recommends, “Exchanging the carbohydrates from sugar and sweets for whole grains and fruit will significantly help blast belly fat.”
For all the pasta lovers out there, Darin Hulslander, CEO of DNS Performance and Nutrition, suggests opting for spaghetti squash. “Squash contains pectin, which regulates insulin and promotes a healthy blood sugar level (and thus, appetite level) throughout the day.