overall weight loss, particularly in the tummy, a study from Skidmore College reveals. Research out of Spain shows that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats, like a Mediterranean diet, can prevent belly fat.
Up your calcium.
Dieters who got 1,200 to 1,300 milligrams of daily calcium saw three times the belly trimming as those consuming the same calories but less calcium, University of Tennessee researchers said.
Get your daily dose from yogurt, rather than other dairy sources or supplements; its calcium may help whittle your middle, an International Journal of Obesity study points out.
Choose yogurt wisely. Rats who ate saccharin-sweetened yogurt gained more weight and body fat—including around the waistline—than those who ate sugar-sweetened yogurt, Purdue University researchers found.
Get your C. Women who took in 56 milligrams or less per day (the recommended dietary allowance is 60 mg) were more likely to accumulate belly fat than those who got 57 mg or more, a Journal of Public Health Nutrition study found.
AT THE TABLE: Do’s and Don’ts
Enjoy soy. Women sipping soy shakes every day for three months didn’t add any midlife fat to their middles, according to research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ban trans-fat. Monkeys who got much of their dietary fat from trans fats had 30 percent more belly flab than those who ate more monounsaturated fats, a Wake Forest University study found.
Go easy on fiber. Too much can leave you bloated. Aim for at least 20 grams per day, but add it to your diet gradually, and be sure to pair it with plenty of H2O.
IN EVERYDAY LIFE:
According to a Greek study, these exercises significantly improve posture—and that naturally minimizes a pooch.
A Duke University study showed that a couch-potato lifestyle resulted in an 11.6 percent increase in deep-belly fat in women over eight months.
Another reason to stop smoking.
Nicotine keeps abs from burning fat, so smokers often have more deep-tissue belly fat.
Women with the largest waistlines also reported the highest stress levels, possibly due to the production of the stress hormone cortisol, Yale University research showed.
Get more sleep.
Women who get only five hours of shut-eye a night are almost twice as likely to be obese as those who get seven hours, Columbia University researchers point out.