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.