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9 Foods That Help Fight Belly Fat

Dream of getting rid of that gut? Here are nine foods that help trim belly fat when you add them to your diet.

By RealAge

Black Beans

All legumes are full of protein and fiber — two well-known appetite crushers. And thanks to their dark color, black beans are also one of the highest in flavonoids of all the beans. And research shows that flavonoids may thwart the storage of excess tummy fat.


Fresh pears are so low in calories and high in fiber, you could eat one before every meal and still lose weight. But even better, pears are loaded with catechins and flavonols — two antioxidants that appeared to hinder the storage of belly fat in a 14-year study.


Go ahead. Pop up a bowl. Sans the butter and salt, popcorn is a real gut whittler. Why? Because popcorn is a whole grain — and a study revealed that people who ate lots of whole grains had smaller middles compared with folks who ate mostly refined grains. So while you’re waiting for yours to pop, clear all the white rice, pasta, and bread out of your cupboards.

Cold Potatoes

Hate having to pass on the potatoes for the sake of your pants size? Well, you may not have to. Just eat them cold — as in vinegar potato salad. If you chill potatoes overnight, they form something called resistant starch crystals — a constituent of fiber that triggers the production of two hunger-halting hormones, according to research. And resistant starch helps the body incinerate more fat for fuel while making less fat available to stash away in fat cells.


Hard to believe that rich-tasting, calorie-packed peanuts could help you lose weight. But they just might. Seems the healthy fats in peanuts are burned more readily than the less-healthy fats found in cookies, chips, and creamy desserts. So make them your snack of choice.

Sunflower Seeds

Toss ’em into soups and salads, mix them into yogurt, or sprinkle them onto sandwiches for nutty crunch. Plus, sunflower seeds (unsalted, please) are high in monounsaturated fat — a healthful type of fat that appeared to inhibit waist widening in a study of overweight people.


Seems the white version of this brew may be a veritable fat blaster. When human fat cells were treated with white tea extract in a lab study, the cells absorbed about 70% less fat than the untreated cells did. And those same tea compounds also triggered the breakdown of fat in existing cells.

Apple Cider Vinegar

As a fish condiment and tang-provider for sauces and salad dressings, nothing beats apple cider vinegar. But here’s a big bonus: Apple cider vinegar also has a compound called acetic acid, which turbocharges the body’s ability to burn fat and simultaneously hinders fat storage.

Safflower Oil

This popular salad dressing ingredient could be a big boon to your belly-flattening efforts, thanks to the omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid. It may rev up metabolism. And in a study, just a couple of tablespoons a day appeared to encourage belly fat to take a hike.

An Active Approach

Eating foods that seem to target belly fat is just a starter strategy for getting rid of that gut. You’ll see better, faster results if you exercise, too. In fact, just being more active in general helps. In one study of office workers, just standing up more often helped melt 1½ inches from people’s waists. It doesn’t take much — just a few extra hours a week of exercise may produce results.

Stress Less

Reducing stress may help with the battle of the bulge, too. Chronic stress boosts your blood levels of cortisol — the “fight or flight” hormone. And cortisol encourages belly fat in two ways:

  • It triggers cravings for sugary, high-fat comfort foods.
  • It signals the body to store more fat in your abdomen.

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