5. Eat healthy fats
Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) can help prevent belly fat. A study found that individuals who got about 25% of their total daily calories from MUFAs did not gain any extra visceral fat, but those who consumed less MUFAs and more carbs did gain belly fat.
Medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) are metabolized differently than the longer chain fats. MCTs go directly to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are immediately used for energy. Coconut oil is the richest source of MCTs. Research has shown that coconut oil consumption can lead to a significant reduction in waist circumference and belly fat.