6 Foods That Actually Get Rid of Belly Fat, According to Science

Faith Xue
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Pooch, paunch, muffin top—there are so many cute-sounding nicknames for it, but in the end, if you're trying to get into kick-ass shape, belly fat can still be pretty annoying. We’re not just talking about outward appearances, either—more importantly, excess belly fat has major consequences for your health, too. The visceral fat around your midsection might be the easiest to hide, but it’s been linked to a number of health issues, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and even cancer. So beyond just wanting to look a certain way in your one-piece, we should all be aware of the foods we’re putting in our bodies and how they affect us, inside and out.

But it’s not about deprivation. No, there are foods out that exist out there that actually help decrease belly fat—foods that actually taste good and make for amazing Instagram flat lays (because #priorities). Math-wise, it’s like an inverse equation: The more of these foods you eat, the slimmer your waistline gets (and that is the end of this beauty editor’s math prowess). Don’t believe us? Trust the scientific studies then. Keep scrolling to see the six foods that actually get rid of belly fat, according to science!

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