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FEMAIL, nutritionist and food author Lee Holmes (photo) revealed the five surprising foods that cause your belly fat - and what you should eat instead

The obvious culprits for excess stomach fat are fried foods and sweet products such as cookies and cakes.

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But how would you feel if you found out that not only these items cause your spare tire, but also a large number of healthy foods?

With the words of FEMAIL, nutritionist and food author Lee Holmes from Sydney, the five surprising foods that cause your belly fat – and what you should eat instead.

& # 39; Excess belly fat or visceral fat can be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, & # 39; Lee told FEMAIL.

& # 39; The best method to determine abdominal fat abusers is to experiment with trial and error. & # 39;

FEMAIL, nutritionist and food author Lee Holmes (photo) revealed the five surprising foods that cause your belly fat - and what you should eat instead

FEMAIL, nutritionist and food author Lee Holmes (photo) revealed the five surprising foods that cause your belly fat – and what you should eat instead

& # 39; Common & # 39; Healthy & # 39; snack bars contain excess sugars and protein isolate, which is derived from soybeans, a common cause of excessive belly fat and swelling, & # 39; said Lee (stock image)
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& # 39; Common & # 39; Healthy & # 39; snack bars contain excess sugars and protein isolate, which is derived from soybeans, a common cause of excessive belly fat and swelling, & # 39; said Lee (stock image)

& # 39; Common & # 39; Healthy & # 39; snack bars contain excess sugars and protein isolate, which is derived from soybeans, a common cause of excessive belly fat and swelling, & # 39; said Lee (stock image)

1. Muesli bars

For many, breakfast along the way means a grabbed muesli bar to fill you.

But Lee said this could contribute to being overweight.

& # 39; Common & # 39; Healthy & # 39; snack bars contain excess sugars and protein isolate, which is derived from soybeans, a common cause of excessive belly fat and bloating, & # 39; she told FEMAIL.

& # 39; Observational studies have shown that there is a link between high sugar intake (largely due to fructose content) and excess belly fat. & # 39;

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The nutritionist recommends that you disable your muesli bars for avocados that contain & # 39; healthy, mono-saturated fats, and when you consume them, you can avoid blood sugar spikes that communicate with your body and send the message for fat store around your belly & # 39 ;.

To attempt: Avocados with crackers or whole-grain bread.

Processed meat is another food group to avoid, if not all the time then as much as possible (stock image)

Processed meat is another food group to avoid, if not all the time then as much as possible (stock image)

Processed meat is another food group to avoid, if not all the time then as much as possible (stock image)

2. Pro-inflammatory fats from salami, bacon and processed meat

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Processed meat is another food group to avoid, if not all the time then as much as possible.

& # 39; Examples of pro-inflammatory fats are salami, bacon and other processed meats, corn, soy and sunflower oil, & # 39; Lee said.

She emphasized that there are three types of dietary fats that are difficult to digest – trans fats, saturated fats, and omega-6 fats.

Instead, replace these with & # 39; good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, including linseed oil, wild-caught salmon, and chia seeds & # 39 ;.

To attempt: Wild caught salmon.

& # 39; Fruit juices can contain a large amount of sugar in the form of fructose, even unsweetened fruit juice, & # 39; Lee said (photo), recommending herbal or peppermint tea instead
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& # 39; Fruit juices can contain a large amount of sugar in the form of fructose, even unsweetened fruit juice, & # 39; Lee said (photo), recommending herbal or peppermint tea instead

& # 39; Fruit juices can contain a large amount of sugar in the form of fructose, even unsweetened fruit juice, & # 39; Lee said (photo), recommending herbal or peppermint tea instead

3. Fruit juice

It is filled with fruit and therefore it cannot be bad for you, right?

But fruit juice is filled with hidden sugars that can contribute to a broadening of the waist.

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& # 39; Fruit juices can contain a large amount of sugar in the form of fructose, even unsweetened fruit juice, & # 39; Lee said.

Vergelijken Compare coke with apple juice, 250 ml each have the same amount of sugar – 24 grams. The fructose it contains can certainly promote abdominal fat. & # 39;

Instead, Lee advises you to drink on herbal or peppermint tea if you feel that your waistband has become somewhat cozy.

To attempt: Peppermint tea.

Lee (photo) said that & # 39; excess alcohol can contribute to inflammation and excess belly fat around the middle, especially in men & # 39;

Lee (photo) said that & # 39; excess alcohol can contribute to inflammation and excess belly fat around the middle, especially in men & # 39;

Lee (photo) said that & # 39; excess alcohol can contribute to inflammation and excess belly fat around the middle, especially in men & # 39;

4. Alcohol

A glass of wine here and there may not be bad for your waist.

But Lee said that & # 39; excess alcohol can contribute to inflammation and excess belly fat around the middle, especially in men & # 39 ;.

& # 39; It can also slow down fat burning and contains empty calories that contribute to weight gain, & # 39; Lee said.

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Instead of drinking, you have to keep track of your herbal tea quota and also give your daily vegetables a boost.

& # 39; Items such as celery, cucumber, spinach and parsley help to reduce fluid retention in the body, & # 39; Lee said.

To attempt: Celery, cucumber, spinach and parsley.

5. Cheese and dairy

In bad news for brie fans, cheese and dairy products are also difficult for many people to digest.

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& # 39; Undigested lactose becomes a food for bad bacteria in the gut and an imbalance of unhealthy bacteria can lead to an increase in visceral fat, & # 39; Lee said.

Limit your dairy and cheese consumption and your probiotic foods.

& # 39; Things like miso, tamari, sauerkraut if tolerated, organic yogurt or probiotic capsules will increase your healthy gut flora, which in turn will improve the positive flora in the gut. & # 39;

To attempt: Miso, tamari, sauerkraut, organic yogurt or probiotic capsules.

Go to her website for more information about Lee Holmes here.

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