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Belly Fat, Brain Food, Muscle Chow, and a Hungry Economist

Got the belly fat blues? You'll be pleased to hear that new research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association identifies a handful of foods that can help banish belly fat–and all you have to do is eat more … Read More

By / January 14, 2008

Got the belly fat blues? You'll be pleased to hear that new research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association identifies a handful of foods that can help banish belly fat–and all you have to do is eat more of them. Rich in MUFA’s (AKA monounsaturated fatty acids, AKA "good" fats), these miraculous nibbles include almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, as well as avocados and black or green olives. While you're at it, remember to eat your brain food and you'll be a svelte genius by June.

Looking to build muscle in '08? Men's Health columnist and certified physical trainer Gregg Avedon's new book, Muscle Chow, emphasizes high-protein foods, carbs at the low end of the glycemic index, and alternative sweeteners such as stevia.  AM New York says the book "has an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tone that is easy to get caught up in," though suggestions like "find an image such as an inspiring cutout from a magazine or a high school yearbook photo" sound cheesy. 

Finally, a reader responds to a WSJ Taste Commentary from earlier this month with the reminder that if you're not hungry, you're eating too much. The article in question was titled "Dieting for Dollars" and described economist and author Richard B. McKenzie's success in pitting pounds against dollars.

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