Blast belly fat
A study published in 2011 in the journal Obesity linked eating more soluble fibre to reduced visceral fat. This fat is found deep in the belly surrounding vital organs; higher amounts are associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and fatty liver disease. For every 10-gram increase in soluble fibre that study participants consumed per day, visceral fat was reduced by almost four percent. (As well, an increase in moderate activity resulted in a seven percent decrease.) A ¾-cup (175 mL) serving of cooked oatmeal provides four grams of fibre, and the same amount of cooked barley offers three grams.