Cardio is great and crunches get to the core of things. But when it comes to shedding pounds from your middle, food is a big factor. We asked Colette Heimowitz, a nutritionist with Atkins Nutritionals, for advice on what to eat for reducing belly fat. Some of these suggestions might be gentle reminders about foods you love but haven’t eaten lately. Others will be brand spanking new. Please give them a try. Your waist is worth it!
Full-Fat Greek Yogurt
This is our new go-to breakfast: A half-cup of plain whole milk Greek yogurt with a quarter cup of toasted wheat germ, a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds or two tablespoons of slivered almonds. Heimowitz says it’s packed with healthy fats and protein. “It will keep you satiated throughout the morning so that you avoid sugary cereals,” she says. Avoid all flavored yogurts or ones with fruit on the bottom. These are just sneaky ways of saying they’re loaded with sugar. We also love Greek yogurt as an afternoon snack!
The best yogurts have a sugar-to-protein ratio of about 1:1. The worst? About 5:1. Fortunately, most full-fat yogurts are higher in protein and lower in sugar than their fat-free counterparts. But Greek yogurts like Fage have an undeniable edge; for roughly the same amount of calories, full-fat Greek yogurt has double the protein and far less sugar. The plain version is perfect for blending with fat-blasting fruits, using this mouth-watering recipe for the best-ever weight-loss smoothie.