It’s true that you are what you eat, which makes diet a major player when it comes to keeping belly fat to a minimum. An effective way to make sure that you’re always on the right track is to maintain a fridge free of foods that contribute to belly fat. Below there is a list of the main culprits so you can get rid of them and substitute them with healthier, better options.
Fructose sweeteners such as white sugar, corn syrup, and even honey tend to cause bloating and gas. Even some fruits high in fructose, such as apples and watermelons, can create extra belly bloating and make it tough to get rid of unwanted fat.
White Bread and Tortillas
Full of refined carbohydrates, white bread and tortillas are nothing more than fat inducing foods that result in insulin spikes and blood sugar crashes after being eaten. It’s best to choose whole grain options instead.
Lactose filled foods (like cheese) tend to irritate the gut and cause inflammation, which makes it tougher to get rid of belly fat and keep it off for good. If you’re a die-hard dairy fan, there are some lactose-free cheese and milk options that still maintain a rich and creamy taste.
Carbonated and Sugary Drinks
Sugary drinks and sodas are full of fructose and a lot of empty calories, which may cut very well into your healthy food intake at the end of the day. Soda drinkers tend to have a higher rate of belly fat overall. The best alternative is water, of course, but if you’re craving carbonation, reach instead for sparkling or mineral water.
100-Percent Fruit Juice
While fruit juice contains nutrients, it is also filled to the brim with unneeded calories. All of the fructose found in fruit juice has been shown to lead to the accumulation of belly fat tissue and is known to put your blood glucose levels on a rollercoaster ride for the day.
Alcohol is a simple sugar that gets quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. The empty calories in alcohol quickly add up, leading to extra belly fat that’s tough to fight. Mix alcoholic beverages with water to decrease your intake and avoid the negative effects of dehydration on your body.
Leftover Pizza Slices
Leftover pizza may be a tempting snack or meal, but it will end up accumulating around your belly far longer than you’d like it to, thanks to the white flour in the dough, the sweetener in the sauce, and fat as well as lactose in the cheese.
Red Meat Products
Researchers in China have concluded that a diet rich in red meat is directly associated with a bigger waist circumference and more abdominal fat than on average. White meats and plant-based proteins, such as tofu and beans, are awesome lower fat alternatives.
Processed Lunch Meats
Not only are processed lunch meats fattier than freshly sliced meats, but most of them are filled with nitrates and other toxins that accumulate in the body, which makes it tougher to get rid of fat overall. To maintain a toned belly, skip the meats altogether at lunch time and opt for hummus sandwiches or tempeh wraps instead.
Nuts and Seeds
A handful of nuts or seeds as a snack is a great way to infuse your body with healthy antioxidants and minerals, but when a stash of them is sitting in the fridge, it’s easy to overdo it. Keep the nuts or seeds at work or in a less convenient place than the fridge so it’s easier to minimize their consumption.
Steer clear of these foods and fill your fridge with a rich assortment of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats instead. Your healthier (and slimmer) tummy will thank you.