Dr. Mehmet Oz busted belly fat myths and said eating healthy fats like those on a high-fat, low carb ketogenic-style diet can flatten your belly on the Oct. 30 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz said contrary to popular myth, belly fat is not harder to lose than any other body fat. However, it’s important to minimize belly fat because visceral fat has been linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
Dr. Oz’s guest was Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest and author of the 21-Day Tummy. Vaccariello said the best diet to flatten stubborn belly fat is one that includes metabolism-boosting foods such as eggs and spicy salsa for breakfast. She said the protein and fat from the eggs and the capsaicin from the salsa increase your metabolism to ensure you burn more calories.
Liz said a common belly fat myth is that crunches and sit-ups are effective exercises for blasting belly fat. This isn’t true. The best way to flatten your belly is to do high-intensity exercise such as brisk walking for 30 minutes a day.
Another way to prevent belly fat storage is to limit stress, as the stress hormone cortisol causes your body to store belly fat. Vaccariello said drinking black tea and eating foods high in vitamin C, such as peppers and dark, leafy greens will minimize the effect of cortisol.
Dr. Oz said another longstanding belly fat myth is that high fat foods cause belly fat. If anything, he said eating healthy fats such as those found in nuts, avocados and olive oil prevent belly fat storage and aid weight loss by stabilizing blood sugar and reducing inflammation.
On previous episodes, Dr. Oz said contrary to what we’ve been told, eating a low fat diet isn’t best for weight loss. In fact, the best way to lose body fat is to eat more healthy fats, such as those prescribed by the high-fat, low carb Paleo and ketogenic diets.
Oz said eating more healthy fats causes weight loss without deprivation because fat makes you feel full and takes longer to digest, so you don’t get hungry as quickly as you do on a low-fat diet.
High-fat, low carb diets such as the Paleo, Atkins and ketogenic diets fuel weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel in a metabolic state called ketosis, said Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Dr. Oz, who previously advocated a high carb, low-fat diet, is now convinced of the health benefits of low carb, high fat diets like the Paleo and ketogenic diets to accelerate weight loss and prevent disease.