The simplest and most effective thing you can do to target belly fat: cut down on your daily carb intake. Here are 5 practical ways you can do just that.

Breakfast

Replace cereal/toast/bagels with eggs/Greek yogurt topped with nuts & berries.

Lunch

Choose a salad over a sandwich. Or ditch at least half of the bread and make it an open-faced sandwich.

Dinner

Select a complete protein, like beef/lamb/chicken/fish and pair it with 1-2 low starch vegetables, such as a green salad, sautéed asparagus or roasted summer squash. Skip the potato/rice/pasta sides.

Beverages

Drink water or sparkling water with lemon instead of soda or diet soda, juice, lemonade or beer. Limit wine to an occasional 1-2 glasses with dinner.

Snacks

Skip crackers/chips and opt instead for these great ideas: fresh veggies with guacamole or hummus dip, cheese, nuts, celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese.

By Leah Keller, Creator of The Dia Method. Learn more about Leah at leahkeller.com.