A bit big around your bottom or thighs? It probably looks good on you and wonâ€™t cause much of a health risk. But excess pounds around the middle is a problem, and not just to your profile in a bathing suit. Excess abdominal weight has been connected to increased risk of developing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer and even dementia. No wonder so much nutritional research has gone into foods that help vanquish belly fat. Below, five truly delicious winnersâ€”and the best news is, theyâ€™re not weird, expensive or hard to find. Hereâ€™s the right way to add more of them to your diet and give that bulge the beat down, once and for all.
Avocados: Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are plant-based fats proven to protect against chronic diseaseâ€”and new research suggests they also target belly fat. Avocados are a super source of MUFAs, so slice them into salads, use in sandwiches or mash up with a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy with baked chips.