Nobody likes belly fat. It's probably the biggest reason people keep eating right and exercising.
Comedian Kevin James has a great line about it: I just want to lose enough weight so my stomach doesn't jiggle when I brush my teeth.
It's the truth! And keeping that belly away could be as easy as eating more fiber.
You can't digest dietary fiber, which is found in plant foods, but it helps with digestion by absorbing water, and easing defecation.
And a new report, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests eating more fiber may help reduce abdominal fat.
Among participants, 85 overweight boys and girls, ages 11 to 17, children who ate less fiber had 21% more belly fat, compared to kids consuming more fiber, who reduced abdominal fat by 4%.
Experts recommend young people eat about 30 grams of fiber each day.
Getting fiber is easy, just don't get swept up by all the multi-grain or whole wheat babble on packages. Try eating fruits and vegetables. Duh!