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 it is: This fat-soluble vitamin is naturally formed when our bodies are exposed to sunlight. But because most of us spend 8-plus hours inside, we rely on a small group of foods to provide the D vitamins our bodies need.
The belly-flattening science: There have been many recent studies touting the belly-banishing effects of Vitamin D. Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia found teenagers who reported higher vitamin D intakes had lower amounts of abdominal fat, and lower overall body fat. A 2010 study by the University of Michigan found that kids deficient in vitamin D accumulated fat around the waist and gained weight more rapidly than kids who got adequate amounts of the vitamin. But it isn’t just teens and kids that gain more weight when deficient in the sunshine vitamin: A 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found the same inverse relationship, suggesting overweight folks may have problems processing the vitamin properly.
Foods to choose: Mushrooms, especially shiitake and button, and eggs. In addition, you can get high amounts of the vitamin in fish sources like mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines, catfish, and tuna.