Want to reduce your belly fat? No need to eliminate entire food groups, all you need are some sneaky food swaps! Whilst you cannot use exercise to spot-reduce, diet can affect where you lose and gain weight. Research shows that certain foods can increase belly fat, while other foods can help decrease belly fat. Some studies even show that when people eat the same number of calories or lose the same amount of weight, certain foods can affect what you lose, with some foods helping increase the amount of belly fat lost, increase the amount body fat lost and even minimize the loss of muscle.
A another sneaky swap! Substitute flour or shortening with beans when baking. There’s even a study to back this up!
In the August 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, research replaced 25%, 50% and 75% of the shortening in a brownie recipe with pureed cooked cannelli beans. In a blind taste test, participants rated the brownies in which 25% and 50% of the shortening was replaced as good as the brownies made with no beans (i.e. standard recipe).
Substituting bean puree for shortening decreases the fat and calorie content of brownies, and increases the fiber content. Good news. Why? Because a fiber rich diet helps beat belly fat. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2009 found that increasing your daily intake of fiber by 6 grams can slim your tummy by 4.3%.
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