Good news, green tea drinkers: Your daily sip can do wonders for your waistline. The antioxidants found in this ancient beverage can increase your energy levels, aid digestion, and burn fat, for starters. To reap more fat-burning benefits, you should never, ever eat these foods if you want to lose weight.
Oats and nuts
The best way to zap belly fat is to slash excess calories, but not all calories are created equal and not all foods need to be reduced. Increasing the amount of soluble fiber you consume, for instance, is one good way to flatten your midsection, says Jessica Crandall, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and CEO of VitalRD. Foods that are rich in soluble fiber include oats, nuts, beans, and berries. You should aim for 25-35 grams per day, especially if you’re diabetic. Soluble fiber does a much better job controlling your blood sugar than carbs, like a piece of bread, which can make your blood sugar spike then drop. Check out more tricks to flatten your belly—without a lick of exercise.