Getting rid of the fat around your tummy is not just about looks. "Belly fat is also referred to as visceral fat, and is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions," said NYC-based dietitian and certified diabetes educator Rachel Stahl, MS, CDN, told POPSUGAR. That's why it's important to lose it.
While there is no magic bullet, you can lower your overall body fat percentage, which will help slim your waistline. You can also avoid certain foods that have been shown to promote fat storage in your belly. Ultimately, it all boils down to nutrition, which is why people say abs are made in the kitchen. Here are three things you can keep in mind every time you eat to reach your lean-belly goals.