Diets won't help you conquer dimples in the long run, but a smarter day-in, day-out way of eating will. Put these slim-down tips to work for you today.
EAT MEALS AND SNACKS ON A SCHEDULE
"Sticking to a regular daily pattern trains your brain when to expect food and when not to, so you're less likely to nosh between meals,” says Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at Tufts University and co-author of The "I” Diet. "It's those unplanned snacks that tend to trip you up because they're often high-calorie or high-sugar foods,” she says.
NIX WHITE FLOUR FOODS
At least two studies have found that people who eat the most whole grains have less belly fat than those who eat fewer complex carbs (you can have cellulite around your middle too). With the variety of whole-grain products on store shelves today, it's easier than ever to snub the refined stuff. The higher fiber content in whole-wheat bread and pasta keeps you feeling full longer, so you won't have to contend with a rumbling belly.