This seemingly innocuous food group, which is rich in calcium, has been shown to help you lose belly fat. Research shows yogurt to be particularly effective in boosting fat loss generally and belly fat specifically, as well as helping maintain muscle mass which generally decreases during weight loss. While not fully understood it is thought that the calcium in dairy may slow down the body’s fat-making process. But before you rush out to buy some calcium supplements, research shows that people who eat 3 cups of yogurt a day lose a lot more belly fat than those who take calcium supplements. So there’s more going on than just calcium. For example, dairy products are not only rich in calcium, but also conjugated linoleic acid, otherwise known as CLA (read more about CLA here), which is another belly fat blasting substance.
A Mediterranean style diet has been shown by a plethora of studies to not just help keep belly fat off, but can actually help you lose weight, especially from the tummy area. Research also shows that it can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, the metabolic syndrome and abdominal obesity. The reason the Mediterranean way of eating is thought to target stomach fat is that it is high in healthy fats known as MUFAs (Monounsaturated fats), which is found in foods such as olives, olive oil, avocados, and nuts and seeds. Read more about the best diet to lose belly fat.