A bit big around your bottom or thighs? It probably looks good on you and won’t cause much of a health risk. But excess pounds around the middle is a problem, and not just to your profile in a bathing suit. Excess abdominal weight has been connected to increased risk of developing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer and even dementia. No wonder so much nutritional research has gone into foods that help vanquish belly fat. Below, five truly delicious winners—and the best news is, they’re not weird, expensive or hard to find. Here’s the right way to add more of them to your diet and give that bulge the beat down, once and for all.
Avocados: Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are plant-based fats proven to protect against chronic disease—and new research suggests they also target belly fat. Avocados are a super source of MUFAs, so slice them into salads, use in sandwiches or mash up with a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy with baked chips.