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.


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


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


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.


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.


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