Wednesday, September 17, 2014

8 Worst Foods to Avoid to Keep Belly Fat Away


Belly fat is linked with higher risk of developing various health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and even certain types of cancers. I’ve written in the past about the best foods that help fight belly fat . But eating the right foods is not enough as being physically active is a key to losing belly fat and should be combined with healthy nutrition.

But when talking about what foods to eat we also need to know what food categories to avoid.

You may have to make some sacrifices that shake up your daily diet, but finding healthy alternatives will provide priceless incentives. The categories make up the 8 worst foods for packing on belly fat, some more obvious than others, but all of them are an equal threat to building body fat.
  1. Refined Grains
Grains can be great, and as a matter of fact the food pyramid says they should make up a relatively big part of your diet. They can reduce the risk of heart disease, promote healthy digestion and even help with weight management. But if you’re ingesting the wrong type of grains, you might be doing the opposite of weight management. Refined grains such as white bread, white rice and carb-loaded snacks go through a refinement process that takes away nutritional value and leaves the consumer feeling less full. Switching to whole grains will be more satisfying and place you in a demographic associated with lower levels of abdominal fat.
  1. Sugary Drinks
These are the silent villains of fat gain. People hardly expect their liquid calorie intake to contribute to fat, yet it’s a prevalent issue in the U.S. The Harvard School of Public Health found in a study that the disheartening amount of obese people in the country has been fueled by sugar-laden drinks such as sodas and juices. One bottle of soda can contain more than 200 calories, the equivalent to some value fast-food cheeseburgers. They also elevate the risk of heart disease and diabetes, so stay mindful of your drink labels.

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