Despite all the trendy fad diets that litter our social networks every day, not one has been able to tackle that elusive belly fat gain.
“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.
A solution would be welcome, considering belly fat has been linked to risk for heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. And while you can try to target belly fat, there’s no specific diet that’ll do the trick.
But there are some dietary patterns that have been proven to help reduce belly fast. Diets low in trans and saturated fats, for example, have been found to reduce belly fast. These patterns are consistent with heart-healthy diets developed by proven health bodies, like the NIH.
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Belly fat is such a common issue, whether for appearance or health, that the web is oversaturated with belly-fat-related information (we recognize the irony of publishing our own belly fat content), so it’s important to be discerning with advice and stay up-to-date with research.
The best advice you can find to target and reduce belly fat is from your doctor, who’ll determine the diet that’s right for you.
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