Harvard Researchers Say This Is the Best Food to Combat Belly Fat

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Banishing stubborn belly fat is no easy feat. Even when committed to strict eating plans and demanding workout regimens, we often find that our midsections don't end up showing the results we're after. So how can one finally put an end to the unwanted pooch? It comes down to a science. If you're already committed to healthy strategies to tone up your midriff, the final step to get there could be incorporating a few key foods into your diet.

Just as the secret to a flat tummy entails cutting certain bloating and fattening foods from our diets, a big factor in the equation is the foods you do eat. It's important to consume the right nutrients to help your system combat belly fat. Drawing upon a handful of studies conducted by Harvard researchers throughout the years, we've whittled their findings down to the top food that, when combined with a healthy diet and weight training, may help your body banish belly at once and for all.

Researchers, including some from Harvard, have provided a lot of evidence that the Mediterranean diet is the best approach for losing fat and maintaining weight loss. Several studies have supported the finding that switching out saturated fats with healthy fats—like olive oil and nuts—can be a big proponent in dropping pounds and promoting overall health. Incorporating nuts into one's diet can help with weight control. They're rich in unsaturated fats and proteins—to help keep you full and keep from overeating. One 2009 study conducted by Harvard researchers that examined weight change in women, in particular, found that higher nut consumption was associated with lower risk of weight gain. Not only that, but nuts also significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. Another Harvard review found that almonds, along with other nuts, contribute to weight loss, fat loss, diabetes prevention, and cholesterol-lowering.

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