Ready to blast away the bloat? Remove the muffin top? Lose the love handles? If you’re looking for ways to lose stomach fat, you’re certainly not alone!
If one of your goals is to target your midsection, then in order to do this, you may want to check out the list of commonly consumed foods that could be doing you more harm than good.
Foods to avoid or limit to help lose stomach fat
1. Dairy products
Lactose intolerance can range from mild to severe, but either way, gas is usually a symptom.
Feeling bloated? Try limiting the amount of milk, cheese, yoghurt, and ice cream you eat and see if that helps.
But if it does, you don’t have to ditch dairy altogether. Drink lactose-free milk or take Lactaid pills to help your body digest milk products.
2. Potato chips
One of your favourite snacks may be giving you belly fat. Most potato chip brands are cooked in hydrogenated oils. This type of oil is called a trans-fat.
Trans-fat is known to increase cholesterol, contribute to heart disease and increase weight. There are baked and low-fat potato chips on the market that make better choices.
3. Soda/soft drinks
Soda is not only unhealthy for you, but it also increases belly fat. It has empty calories that add excess weight and also provides large amounts of sugar.
Your body has a hard time burning this sugar off, especially in the midsection.
You may think that diet soft drinks are better, but they also contain artificial sweeteners that contribute to bad health. It’s best to drink pure water to lose your belly fat.
4. Processed baked goods
So convenient, so tasty (if we’re being honest here), but so not worth it.
Those pre-packaged mini muffins, doughnuts, and dessert cakes will add loads of unwanted sugar to your diet, plus they aren’t easy to digest.
These foods are bad on so many levels because they are filled with high sugar content and preservatives for a longer shelf-life — they can literally sit there forever!
Sugar increases inflammation, which can also make you look puffy and bloated.
Choose regular butter or soft spread (make sure it’s real butter) over margarine when topping foods or baking!
Margarine is usually loaded with trans-fat and is found in plenty of pastries, crackers, snack foods, and even microwave popcorn, so limit intake to keep cholesterol levels in check.
6. Fried foods
Deep-fried chicken and French fries taste good, but they will not do your stomach any favours. Fast food is usually greasy and has very few vitamins and minerals or fibre.
Instead, it is loaded with sodium and trans-fat, which manifests itself in your stomach. If you must have fast food, choose healthy takeaway options.
7. White flour and rice
Try to cut back on the white carbs if you are truly determined to see your belly vanish. Trade your white bread, flour, rice, and pasta for whole-grain products such as brown bread and rice.
White carbs have already been processed and are therefore digested rapidly by the body to be stored as fat.
Not all cereals are bad for you, but often people double the serving size, which means more is eaten than recommended.
If you find that your pants are getting a bit snug in the mornings, you might want to try weighing your cereal with a measuring cup before you start to gulp it down.
9. Refined sweeteners and sugar
Refined sugar helps to raise the insulin level in the body, which promotes the storage of fat. It also affects the immune system and makes it harder to fight off germs and diseases.
10. Cut down on alcohol
Booze makes your body feel bloated. Alcohol can throw the body’s balance of water off and lead to water retention and excessive stomach gas.
It is important to understand that alcohol-water retention, especially if combined with high-salt meals, can lead to swelling and discomfort if the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream becomes too high.
3 GREAT choices to help you lose stomach fat
1. The Healthy Mummy Smoothies
Healthy Mummy Smoothies – a healthy breakfast means you are less likely to reach for fatty or sugary snacks for morning tea.
2. Fresh, organic food
Fresh is best – cut out as much processed food as possible (anything in a packet, basically) and opt for plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat and low-fat dairy.
3. Daily exercise
Get moving regularly – daily exercise is a great way to shift tummy fat. A regular walk or jog as well as the exercises from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, are all great options.
And if you want to get serious about losing belly fat, join our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge where all recipes and food plans are chosen to help reduce belly fat too.
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