5 Steps to Conquering Your Over-40 Belly

Dr. Oz tackles your all-time biggest complaint about your body after 40: belly fat. Here are 5 easy steps to conquer that unwanted gut, followed by 3 breakthrough superfoods to also help you whittle it away once and for all.

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5. Make a Belly Band

A lot of women turn a blind eye to their waist size, but that’s a dangerous mistake. Women with waists larger than approximately 32 inches are at risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. Make a belly band by placing a ribbon around the center of your waist and cutting it to size with a pair of scissors. Use this band to track your waistline daily, and make sure you’re staying within the range of 32 inches or less.

Dr. Oz’s 3 Breakthrough Belly Blasters

To help you blast away unwanted belly fat, try these top three superfoods. They’re inexpensive and can be eaten any time of day.

1. Goldenberries

A bright yellow fruit from Brazil, the goldenberry is loaded with B vitamins that are essential for maintaining a healthy metabolism. While they’re sold fresh, goldenberries are easier to find in dried form and are available at health food stores or online for about $12.  Eat 1/4 cup daily.

2. Miso

Miso, the Japanese staple made from fermented soybeans, rice and/or barley, lowers triglycerides in the blood that contribute to belly fat. You can purchase instant miso soup in supermarkets for about $3 per package. Be sure to purchase the low-sodium variety.

3. Sauerkraut

Unprocessed fermented food like sauerkraut contains bacteria that boosts digestion and reduces belly inflammation. Instead of eating it on a hot dog, try sauerkraut with turkey on whole-grain bread. Aim to eat 3 teaspoons daily. Purchase canned sauerkraut for about $1. Be sure to rinse it before eating or buy the low-sodium kind.