Fiber does more than keep you regular. It may also banish belly fat. Boost your soluble fiber intake with fruit, veggies and beans.
Want to flatten that spare tire around your waist? It’s easy! Just eat more soluble fiber and engage in regular physical activity. According to a study in the journal Obesity, you can zero in on visceral belly fat by exercising and chowing down on fruits, vegetables and beans that are high in soluble fiber. The study found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber a day, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7 percent over five years. You can reach that amount by eating two small apples, one cup of green peas and half a cup of pinto beans. Meanwhile, working out vigorously for 30 minutes two to four times a week (think jogging or speed walking) slowed down the rate of fat accumulation by 7.4 percent over the same time period.