10 Proven Ways To Help Reduce Stubborn Belly Fat

5. Eat healthy fats

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) can help prevent belly fat. A study found that individuals who got about 25% of their total daily calories from MUFAs did not gain any extra visceral fat, but those who consumed less MUFAs and more carbs did gain belly fat.[5]

Medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) are metabolized differently than the longer chain fats. MCTs go directly to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are immediately used for energy. Coconut oil is the richest source of MCTs. Research has shown that coconut oil consumption can lead to a significant reduction in waist circumference and belly fat.[6]

What to do: Olive oil is MUFA-rich, as well as avocados and nuts. Cook with coconut oil and use olive oil for salads. Substitute unhealthy snacks for nuts. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in to your morning oats.

Healthy Fats Infographic

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