You might think that dietary fat goes straight to your middle, but research suggests that too many empty carbs is really the bigger culprit when it comes to belly fat.
In a recent study, healthy overweight men and women went on two consecutive 8-week diets. The first period focused on weight maintenance and the second aimed for weight reduction. Through each phase, the participants followed either a reduced-fat or a reduced-carbohydrate diet. Both groups lost weight, but the group on the reduced-carb diet lost 11 percent more deep belly fat compared with the group on the low-fat diet. Plus, the low-carb group lost more fat mass overall.