Food Swaps That Fight Belly Fat

Don’t eat less—eat smarter. Try these ridiculously easy food trade-offs to banish your gut for good

Food Swaps That Fight Belly Fat // bowl of nuts and seeds c Thinkstock 

Nuts and Seeds for Pretzels

Instead of mindlessly munching bite-sized twists, snack on nuts or seeds to satisfy your craving for something crunchy. Both are loaded with gut-busting monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) and research shows that people who eat two or more servings a week are less likely to gain weight than those who don’t. “You need to watch your portions—nuts have lots of calories,” says Palinski. “But they’re loaded with protein and fiber, so they’re more filling.” Her favorite: omega-3–rich walnuts. If you must satisfy a craving for pretzels, choose a whole grain or pumpernickel variety, she advises.

Bonus tip: Make this swap when you reach for a TV snack.

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