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How to get rid of belly fat: These healthy foods make it worse
Belly fat is often the hardest to shift.
You might do regular cardio exercise and eat a predominantly healthy diet, but you may find you still have stubborn fat around your middle.
Being active is just one part of losing the weight. It’s also important to look at the foods you’re eating, particularly when it comes to the excess fat around your waist.
Surprisingly, some so-called healthy or low-fat foods could be adding to your girth.
Limit these foods and drinks to give yourself a head-start in the battle against belly fat.
Avoid low-fat foods
Low-fat yogurt and reduced fat cheese are promoted as healthy food choices, but don’t let the nutritional labels trick you, warned PopSugar Fitness.
Low-fat products often do have less calories, but they will make up for the lack of fat by adding more sugar.
This gets turned into fat if you don’t burn it off and it often settles around your middle.
Low-fat products are also often pumped full of artificial preservatives, flavourings and colourings to mimic the full-fat versions.
If you want to lose fat, you need to eat fat, but make sure you choose healthier choices such as nuts, avocado and oily fish such as salmon.
Cut down on cows’ milk
If you want a flat stomach, you shouldn’t overdo it on the cows’ milk.
Even if you’re not lactose-intolerant, our bodies find it harder to digest milk as we age. This is because we gradually make less lactase to break down the sugars.
So if you want to transform your muffin top into a six-pack, limit your dairy and chose a plant-based milk instead, advised PopSugar Fitness.
If you are lactose intolerant, milk, cream and other dairy products will irritate your stomach and cause bloating, making your middle section appear larger.
Of course, you should replace lost calcium by increasing your intake of calcium-rich foods such as sardines, canned salmon, almonds, beans and lentils.
Stop drinking fruit juice
According to the medical website HealthLine, drinking large amounts of fruit juice may carry the same risk for abdominal fat gain as sugary soft drinks.
That means that when it comes to belly fat, orange juice is likely to be no better for you than a Coke.
The problem is that fruit contains a large about of natural sugars, most of which are fructose which is particularly bad news for the fat around our middles.
Replace fruit juice with water or unsweetened tea. If you’re craving the sweet taste of fruit in your drink, trying squeezing some citrus into sparkling water.
One woman credits removing salt from her diet for her weight loss.
Avoiding sodium meant she was less likely to suffer from water retention which caused bloating around her stomach.