Stomach Shrinking Staples

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Avocado-
Superpower: fights fat If there were an Academy Award for Flat Abs, the monounsaturated fat in avocados would be the Meryl Streep of nutrients, winning nods ... more 
Photo by: Conde Nast Digital Studio
Avocado-
Superpower: fights fat If there were an Academy Award for Flat Abs, the monounsaturated fat in avocados would be the Meryl Streep of nutrients, winning nods year after year. Dieters who consumed monounsaturated fats lost more stomach bulge than those eating the same number of calories but less of the fats, a study in the journal Diabetes Care finds. And a study in the journal Obesity reveals that when monkeys ate trans fats, their waists were 30 percent bigger than those of simians eating monounsaturated fats.

How it works Blood sugar peaks can signal your body to store fat around your midsection, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes, thwarting fat accumulation. Half an avocado contains 10 grams of the healthy fats. Dip veggie slices in 1/4 cup guacamole for a flat-ab snack.

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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 6:02 PM EST
Liz Plosser, SELF magazine
The path to a sleek, sexy stomach begins with your fork. Include these six bona fide belly flatteners in your eating routine; their trimming powers will help you uncover a toned, summer-ready tummy.