FOODS THAT FIGHT ABDOMINAL FAT
Whet your appetite with these foods that help whittle your middle.
by Joan Teotico
Perhaps you’ve tried various restrictive diets—such as low-carbohydrate and high-protein or low-fat and high-protein—but when you look in the mirror, there’s still no sign of the seemingly elusive six-pack abs.
“There is no easy natural way [to get] six-pack abs. It takes proper nutrition and a lot of discipline to do specific exercises for the belly,” says Pamela Aclan, R.N.D., clinical dietitian of the Nutrition Management Services in The Medical City and member of the Nutritionist-Dietitians' Association of the Philippines. “Nutrition plays a vital role in losing body fat, including belly fat.” If you eat more than you burn, you will gain weight. She adds, “Sa belly fat wala kaming specific na diet para talaga doon. In general, we help sa pag lo-lose ng total body fat.”
Aclan emphasizes the need to eat a balanced diet that includes all macronutrients—carbohydrates, protein and fat—because, “Wala kasing single food that will give every nutrient that our body needs.” She reveals various food items across the food groups that could help men lower body—especially belly—fat, boost energy when working out and enhance recovery after exercising.