If you've got stubborn fat that's been with you longer than some of your friendships, stop lugging it around and put it to work. By choosing the right foods (and they won't be what you expect!), you can trick your fat into burning itself away. If deprivation isn't your thing, try this three-step revolutionary plan that will let you slim down and eat decadent, delicious foods at the same time.
Monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, are found in some of the nature's most indulgent foods, including avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts like cashews, almonds and pecans, nut butters and dark chocolate. Oddly enough, a study from the American Diabetic Association found that eating a diet rich in MUFAs actually decreased belly fat. MUFAs may also help improve insulin sensitivity, which is important for good blood sugar control and avoiding and treating diabetes.
To put MUFAs to work on your belly fat, eat a MUFA-rich food with every meal and make sure that 50% of the fat calories you eat in a day come from MUFAs. Here are good portions to stick with:
- A quarter avocado
- 10 olives
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons nuts
- 2 tablespoons nut butter
- A quarter cup of dark chocolate chips