UPDATED May 30th, 2018

If you’ve been crunching your heart out and haven’t achieved that perfect six-pack yet, an abs diet is in order. Stat! The old saying, Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, has stuck around for years because it’s true—at least partly. Of course, you need to make ab-toning exercises a regular part of your workout to create those six-pack muscles. HOWEVER, no one will be able to appreciate the fruits of your labor if they’re hidden under an extra layer of fat.

Every day we learn more about how the way we eat can affect our waistlines in unexpected ways. In April we found out that diet soda may actually be making us fatter! Time reported, “A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda.”

But enough about what to avoid—eating these five foods is guaranteed to help reduce belly fat and reveal your gorgeous abs. Just be sure to wash everything down with water!