Flat-Belly Foods and Nutrients
10 Super-Nutrients for a Flat Belly
Power Up Your Diet for Weight Loss
Beta Carotene and Lycopene
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
What they are: These antioxidants are water-soluble vacuolar pigments that may appear red, purple, or blue.
The belly-flattening science: A University of Michigan study found that those who ate berries high in anthocyanins, such as tart cherries and blueberries, had less belly fat. In a study performed on rats, researchers found animals that were fed cherry powder lost 17 percent of their belly fat in just 3 months. In a similar study using blueberry powder, researchers found that rats lost belly fat when fed blueberry powder, even in combination with a high-fat diet. Though the studies have only been conducted in animals, study authors are hopeful humans can experience the same belly-busting benefits.
Foods to choose: Beyond cherries and blueberries, load up on cranberries, oranges, radishes, raspberries, red onions, red grapes, and wine.