So we’ve told you what are the absolute best foods to add to your diet if you want to lose your belly fat, you can find that post here. Now for the 5 foods to avoid to lose belly fat. These are the foods that will throw your gut bacteria out of balance, cause you to bloat, and pile on the pounds. Some of them may surprise you!
Drop a bit of your belly fat every day by NEVER eating these 5 foods.
Sugary Drinks (or anything super high in sugar)
It is best to avoid sugary drinks altogether if you want to lose belly fat, this includes fruit juices which are always high in sugar. They are highly processed and are one of the unhealthiest things you can consume, increasing your waistline and having disastrous effects on your health when consumed to excess. They contain a lot of calories but these drinks are simply liquid sugar which your brain won’t register like solid food. This means that you can keep consuming them but you will never feel full, so you will simply be adding these empty calories to your existing daily intake.
Alternatives: It can be hard to cut out these drinks at first but don’t be tempted to go for diet or sugar free varieties which can often be just as harmful. Drink plain water to keep you hydrated and try coconut water for a refreshing alternative.
Foods like white bread, white rice, pasta and cereals would be best avoided when trying to lose belly fat. These foods (especially white bread) tend to contain a lot of added sugar and can cause your blood sugar levels to spike leading to overeating. Whole grain breads are better for you than breads made with refined grains, since they contain more nutrients and fiber, though they can still contain added sugar.
Alternatives: Instead opt for sweet potato, brown rice or a healthy grain like quinoa. For an alternative to white bread, try wholemeal bread and for a gluten-free option try cornbread or almond flour bread.
Milk and High Lactose Dairy Foods
All animal milks contain lactose and this is the best known rapidly fermentable carbohydrate. Rapidly fermentable carbohydrates can aggravate your gut, though some people do not experience sensitivity and others only to certain ones. Lactose is broken down in the small intestine by the enzyme lactase. Our bodies produce less lactase the older we get (since its main purpose is to help babies digest breast milk), which means dairy foods that contain lactose can begin to cause digestive problems even if they didn’t before. Foods to be avoided are animal milk, regular (non-Greek) yogurt, soft cheeses and dairy-based desserts.
Alternatives: Try plant-based milks, our favorite is (unsweetened) almond milk which is low in fat, but high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber. It contains essential vitamins and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
Pastries, Cookies and Cakes
These often contain high levels of saturated fat which is linked to inflammation and can cause excess belly fat. They can also be high in sugar and contain refined flour. A sweet treat can be ok once in a while but it is best to try to limit your intake of unhealthy fats as much as possible.
Alternatives: Try snacking on rice cakes topped with almond butter or a handful of unsalted nuts. To get your chocolate fix, try a few squares of dark chocolate.
High Calorie Coffee Drinks
High calorie coffee drinks are actually no better for you than soda. Coffee of course contains caffeine, which can boost your metabolism and increase fat burning in the short term, however coffee shop beverages are often topped with artificial cream (high in fat) and loaded with sugar.
Alternatives: It is best to drink plain black coffee which can actually help you burn fat. You can also try sweetening your coffee with soy milk. Just remember that coffee shop bought beverages can often contain high levels of hidden sugar.