Yes, carbohydrates matter. But we’re not talking low-carb or high-carb, we’re talking the type of carbs you’re eating. Research shows that the type of carbs you consume can have great bearing from where you lose weight. A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that dieters who ate whole grains (e.g. dark bread, brown rice, popcorn, bulgur wheat) lost twice as much belly fat than those who consumed the same amount of calories, but ate refined grains (e.g. white bread, white pasta). It is thought that whole grains keep fat-storage hormone insulin lower, and lower insulin levels seem to shrink the size of fat cells in the belly.
It sounds crazy, but it’s true. Research (Framingham Nutrition Studies) shows that women who ate healthy, but consumed 360 calories more had less belly fat than women you ate less, but made poor food choices, eating foods high in bad fats and low in fiber.