vino or other alcoholic beverage—more will build your belly instead.
BEFORE A BIG EVENT:
Fizzy drinks are full of gas—and you will be, too, if you drink them. The result? A not-so-svelte profile.
Cut back on energy drinks.
Your body turns sugary, caffeine-laden drinks into fat faster than caffeine-free ones, spelling danger for your waistline, one New Zealand researcher notes.
Don’t sip through a straw
You’ll swallow extra air, which will show up on your middle.
Pass on the gum.
Not only can chewing it make you swallow air, but sugar alcohols in sugar-free gum and mints can cause a blown-up belly.
AT THE TABLE: Choices matter
Eat well, eat more.
Women in the Framingham Nutrition Studies who ate 360 more calories of healthier foods per day were less prone to ab fat than those who ate fewer calories, more saturated fat, and less fiber.
Obese adults who cut calories and increase whole-grain intake zapped more tummy pooch than those who stuck to refined grains, Penn State researchers found.
Pick lean protein. Moderate servings—about 40 percent of your daily calories—in your diet may lead to