"I understand the idea that reducing fat or reducing certain foods in a diet can help reduce fat," says Blanca Garcia, RDN and nutrition specialist of Health Canal.
"A person that skips a meal tells the body it's in starvation mode and as soon as the food is delivered to the body it will store fat as a way to safeguard enough energy stores for the 'starvation mode' it believes it's in.
"Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle mass," says Morgyn Clair, MS, RDN at Fit Healthy Momma. "As we lose, our metabolism changes and nutrition needs are different.
When you plan your meals, make sure protein plays a key role if you need to reduce abdominal fat.
Knowing when to have your heaviest meals can make a world of difference when you want to shrink your waistline.
"Studies show time and time again that reducing caloric intake before sleeping can lead to sustained weight loss," Clair continues. "Have more balanced meals throughout the day and skip heavy night time snacks to help the waistline."
By monitoring how many calories you eat a day, you can avoid overeating and keep your abdominal fat levels to a minimum.
"In order to lose abdominal fat you must learn to be at a caloric deficit," says Jesse Feder, RD and personal trainer with StrengthWarehouse USA.
If you don't feel like calorie counting, sticking to a simple intermittent fasting plan can also do wonders for your waistline.