1. Corn makes the list as a food to avoid while trying to lose weight because it is high in sugar content which causes blood sugar fluctuations in the body. That’s something you don’t want because it leads to fat storing in your belly. I mean, think about what the shape of a corn cob looks like, right? Corn is also a genetically modified food which means it’s nothing like what your grandparents used to eat. So stay away from the fried corn chips and tortillas if you want to reduce your belly fat. Think about making your own baked vegetable chips for a tasty, low calorie impact.
2. Soda. This should be obvious but it’s a staple in a lot of people’s lives. Research shows that regular soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar (or 150 calories) per can. That really adds up over time and definitely is not something you want packed on your stomach. Plus, soda is very acidic which is not a good thing for your body. Over time, sodas can weaken your bones, lead to cavities, heart disease and belly fat. And if you think diet soda is any better, think again. The aspartame in those has been linked to anxiety, headaches, joint pain, brain tumors and many other debilitating conditions. Instead, think about switching over to drinking naturally flavored waters. It’s zero calories too!
3. Low Fat Foods. You would think that these would be good choices when trying to lose belly fat. But you’d be wrong. Research has shown that people actually consume up to 30% more calories when they know they’re eating a low fat food. And one of the worst things about eating a low fat food is that it usually has more added sugar to compensate for flavor. So it’s a bad choice all around. Think about switching to healthy fats…things that are rich in monounsaturated fats, for example. Small portions of guacamole and hummus could be healthy choices.
4. Any Snack That Is Only Carbohydrate. We’ve all heard about snacks like rice cakes…and you’d think because it’s low calorie that it would be a good diet snack. But unfortunately, any kind of snack that is only made of carbs is basically putting simple sugar into your body. That sugar rush leads to insulin production, more stored belly fat and more feelings of hunger (which you don’t need). Instead, try a snack that is based around a combination of carbs, protein and healthy fats.
5. High Fiber Snack Bars. Fiber is a great thing to help you lose weight. You want to strive for 25 grams per day. But don’t kid yourself. Those fiber bars you’re eating are loaded with preservatives, sugars, and unhealthy fats. Get your fiber instead by eating real foods like apples, carrots and other fruits. It will help to fill you up without filling you out.