Some of the fittest people I know don’t have abs.
I know triathletes, bicycle racers, marathoners, weightlifters, CrossFitters. I know nutritionists and dietitians and health food fanatics. And I know a lot of just plain regular people who eat healthy, exercise, and do all of the things it takes to have a flat, lean belly and real ripples that show. But still, no abs.
That’s what we’re here to answer.
Because new research shows that the kinds of fat we’re eating—the very fats that are being recommended by health experts—are what’s causing us to hold on to our belly fat. Here’s the program that will help you shed it for good.
The Truth About Your Abs
The American Heart Association wants you to do it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants you to do it. The Department of Health and Human Services wants you to do it. And big agriculture companies like Monsanto really want you to do it.
My advice: Don’t do it.
Don’t swap out saturated fats for polyunsaturated fats.
Cutting down on saturated fats has been the health industry’s mantra since long before Dick Cheney and pre-vegan Bill Clinton battled it out for the bipartisan title of “Most Cholesterol-Addled American.”
And it remains the go-to plan today: When the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was drafting the most recent set of food recommendations, it concluded that reducing saturated fat—found in beef, butter, and egg yolks—could lower the risk of heart disease if it’s replaced with a type of “good fat” known as polyunsaturated fat, found in vegetable oils such as soybean and corn oil and fatty fish like salmon and trout. But putting salmon and soybean oil in the same category because they both have polyunsaturated fats is like putting Brad Pitt and Billy Bob Thornton in the same category because they’ve both been married to Angelina Jolie. One of those characters is real pretty. And the other one’s real creepy.
Saturated or unsaturated, every type of oil is different. In fact, not only are some polyunsaturated fats really bad for your belly, but some saturated fats can actually help you see your abs. Oh, and guess what: You should eat more of certain trans fats as well. (I know: Your head just snapped back like you walked into a kick from Holly Holm.) Trans fats—at least in the form of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils—are being banned at last by the FDA after years of near-absolute proof that they were a major player in heart disease. It’s well known as the scourge of the modern diet. But the reality is that some trans fat can help you improve your health and reveal your abs.
If everything I’m saying here sounds heretical, then it’s time to step away from the hard-and-fast government guidelines and take a long look at your own belly, which is probably a lot less hard and fast than you’d like it to be. Because you’re about to learn some shocking new information about the role of dietary fat and belly fat.
And it’s going to change the way you eat forever.