Foods That Whittle Your Middle

May 01, 2012 No Comments by

Bite right! Find out how Hollywood’s fave nibbles, from eggs to chocolate, help slim your stomach….

  • Grapefruit
    The water and fiber packed fruit Chloe Sevigny loves is a weight-loss power-house. Says dietitian Keri Glassman, “Research shows that people who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost more than 3 pounds in 12 weeks.”
  • Eggs
    Katy Perry’s morning meal of scrambled eggs is a smart start. the vitamin B12 in eggs helps boost metabolism and burn fat. Plus, the protein leaves you satisfied, says Glassman, author of Slim Calm Sexy Diet, “so you eat fewer calories in the day.”
  • Chili Peppers
    Follow the lead of Lindsay Price, who craves spicy food, and add some cayenne to soup or hummus. The capsaicin found in chili peppers sparks your metabolism “and increase the number of calories you burn,” says Glassman.
  • Yogurt
    Padma Lakshmi tells Us she eats nonfat yoghurt (with fruit) because “it’s filling and good for you.” In one University of Tennessee study, obese adults who consumed 24 ounces of fat-free yogurt per day as part of a low-cal diet shed 81 percent more belly fat.
  • Spinach
    Ditch a heavy side in favor of the greens Jaime Pressly prefers. The leaves (7 calories per uncooked cup) are packed with folate, which can help lower levels of cortisol-a.k.a. the stress hormone-in your body. Explains Glassman, “Cortisol makes you hold weight in your midsection.”
  • Dark Chocolate
    Studies have shown that replacing saturated fat with replacing saturated fat with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, found in olive oil, avocado and Miranda Kerr’s favorite indulgence, “can help you lose stomach weight,” says Glassman. Enjoy in moderation: The American Heart Association recommends that no more than 25 to 35 percent of daily calories come from fat, no matter the source.
  • Berries
    When she’s craving sugar, Maria Menounos tells Us, she turns to raspberries. “They’re loaded with fiber,” says Glassman. “They also prevent insulin spikes, which keeps you from wanting more sweets.” That’s berry appealing!


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