5 Belly Fat Myths—Busted!

5 Belly Fat Myths—Busted!

If beating belly fat were easy, we’d all look like magazine cover models. But that doesn’t mean flat abs are out of reach; it just requires a comprehensive attack plan. “To combat fat storage, you need to reduce inflammation, maintain a healthy gut microbiome, avoid foods you may have sensitives to, regulate the hormones that promote fat storage, and ensure you consume and absorb beneficial nutrients,” says Shelly Malone, MPH, RDN, CBNP and author of INFLAMED.

Got that? It can sound like a tall order—and it doesn’t help when you also hear conflicting information. That’s why we turned to some of the country’s leading nutritionists to bust belly fat myths that might be keeping you from the body you want. See what they have to say and then discover the 32 Foods That Turn Off the Stress Hormone That’s Making You Fat!

1 Myth: Nuts Are Fattening
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Truth: “Nuts have gotten a bad reputation for their total fat content, but nutrition science suggests that the quality—not quantity—of fat is what is most important to our health,” says Jackie Newgent, RDN, and author of The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook.

“In fact, the FDA recently announced they are reevaluating the term ‘healthy’ as it applies to foods with good-for-you fats, like pistachios,” Newgent continues. “What’s more, foods like in-shell pistachios may help you fool yourself into feeling full because the leftover shells may provide a visual cue for portions, potentially helping to curb intake.” For more intriguing tricks, check out these 15 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Feeling Full!

2 Myth: Drinking Beer Causes A Beer Belly
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Truth: While beer consumption doesn’t tend to help shrink your waist, a beer belly isn’t necessarily caused by beer; it’s more likely caused by consuming too many empty calories.

“Although, if you enjoy guzzling six-packs on a regular basis, then you do need to reconsider your beer drinking habits,” cautions Newgent. You know what has been proven to create a protruding gut? Soda. It’s called “soda belly” and these are the 70 Most Popular Sodas, Ranked by How Toxic They Are.

3 Myth: Avoiding Fatty Foods Will Result in Losing Belly Fat
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Truth: “Consuming a good amount of healthy fats are key to weight loss,” says Maria A. Bella, MS, RD, CDN and founder of Top Balance Nutrition.

“Healthy fats like olive oil and avocado oil promote longevity, glowing skin, hair and nails, and fight against cardiovascular disease and diabetes by keeping your blood glucose levels stable.” Bella also notes that they make you feel full and require more energy from your body to digest. The key is to incorporate just the right amount into the diet. One serving of fat equals one tablespoon of olive oil, 10 olives, or 1/4 avocado. Most people should aim for two to three servings a day. To learn more about “healthy fats,” scan our list of 20 Healthy Fats to Make You Thin.

4 Myth: Ab Exercises Are All You Need for Abs
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Truth: No amount of crunches will give you abs if you have layers of fat covering your abdomen.

In order for your abs to show, you must focus on your diet first. “Everyone is born with abdominal muscles that vary in shape and look, and exercise will only help to develop the muscle itself,” says Bella. “Eating a clean, balanced diet will help in fat loss around the abdominal muscles and help them to show through.”

5 Myth: Some People Are Born to Have Belly Fat
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Truth: “The locations where your body tends to store fat is predetermined by your genes, but it does not mean that you will be overweight in those areas,” says Bella.

For example, someone who is apple-shaped tends to store more fat in the abdominal region, but if they follow the proper diet and exercise regime, they can prevent weight gain. Check out these 17 Weight Loss Tips Based on Your Body Type!

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