5 Foods to Eat for a Flat Stomach
Even if a Jillian Michaels-style six-pack isn’t on your wish list, odds are you’ve wanted flatter abs at one point or another, and swore up and down you’d start doing 1,000 crunches every day before bed.
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While spot-training your stomach muscles with moves like crunches and sit-ups can’t exactly hurt, a combination of cardio, strength training, and eating right are really the only way to ditch pesky midsection fat. The good news: There are quite a lot of foods that can speed up the flat belly process without having to go on a strict diet.
We all know that — much like carbs — certain fats are better for us than others. What you might not know, however, is that monounsaturated fat — a.k.a., the “good” fat — can flatten your abs! How? According to Self Magazine, blood sugar peaks can signal your body to store fat around your midsection, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes, effectively stopping fat accumulation in its tracks.
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In fact, dieters who consumed monounsaturated fats lost more stomach fat than those eating the same number of calories but less of the fats, a study in Diabetes Care Journal found.
Not to mention, it also can lower “bad” LDL cholesterol (which lessens your risk of heart disease and stroke), and is usually high in vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin we all could use more of.
Below are the top foods that feature monounsaturated fats, so be sure to keep some stocked in your fridge: