Weight Loss Tips: 20 Ways to Fight Belly Flab

Get rid of your muffin top for good with these crunch-free tips (21 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Jun 11, 2012 at 12:50PM

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Weight Loss Tips: 20 Ways to Fight Belly Flab

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Belly Flab Fighter #10: Add Coconut Oil to Your Diet

Numerous studies have shown a link between coconut oil and a reduction in abdominal fat. “Coconut oil is a saturated fat that has anti-viral/anti-bacterial properties and it's pro-thyroid, which can benefit the metabolism,” says Andrew Johnston, a CHEK certified Nutrition Coach and Practitioner in Atlanta, Georgia. “In fact, farmers tried to use it to fatten their livestock in the early- to mid-1900's, but it made them leaner! So they switched to polyunsaturated fats (vegetable oils), which worked quite well to fatten their animals up fast.” Make it work for you by using it in place of vegetable oils, but stay aware of its calorie and fat content: One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories and 13.5 grams of fat, making it comparable to olive oil.

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