It feels that with every new day, there’s a new way to eliminate belly fat.
Atkins, Whole30, green tea, intermittent fasting, eat more cinnamon, and the list goes on.
And while there have been varying degrees of success with each new fad, the promises of immediate transformation are overstated.
“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 adds that belly fat can increase risks of heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. And while targeting that fat is important, there’s no miracle cure or diet that can do the trick.
There are, however, some dietary patterns that are known to reduce belly fat. For one, a diet low in trans and saturated fat, and high in fiber, have been linked to reduced belly fat.
“These recommendations are consistent with heart-healthy diets like the NIH-developed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean-style diet,” Piolla wrote.
She also says health and fitness pros should stay vigilant and on top 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, there’s tons and tons of content online about it (like this). So, it’s important to be discerning with the information and stay up to date with the latest research. If you’re truly serious about finally axing that belly fat, speak to your doctor or RD to find the best, personalized diet for you.
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