With summer fast approaching, Australians are racing against the clock to sharpen their dream bikini bodies.
And just at the right time, Sydney-based fitness blogger Rhian Allen – aka The healthy mummy – has just revealed the nine foods that you should avoid to throw away belly fat forever.
Mrs. Allen said that snacks with a lot of trans fat such as tortilla chips, processed pastries and fried chicken should be given a good place to lie down, while dairy consumption should be reduced if you experience a bloated feeling.
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1. SOFT DRINKS
Soft drinks make an important contribution to belly fat, thanks to their high content of empty calories and processed sugar such as fructose.
The body struggles to burn fructose and other additives, especially around the waist, meaning that high consumption will lead to significant belly fat over time.
According to Allen, diet drinks should also be avoided because they also contain large amounts of artificial sweeteners.
Drink three liters of water a day to move belly fat instead.
Spreads like butter and margarine after often silent contributors to weight gain around the stomach, as these form the basis for most baked goods and rich dishes.
Margarine is filled with trans fat and can be found in unlikely products such as crackers and popcorn in the microwave, so be sure to read the ingredients carefully before tucking them in.
3. PROCESSED BAKED TREATMENTS
Although they are fast, easy and undeniably tasty, baked treats such as donuts, sweetened croissants and muffins are all bad news for belly fat.
Sugar increases the inflammation that is the cause of many autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and also increases the risk of heart disease and strokes.
Stay away from processed sugary snacks to improve overall health, not just weight gain.
Food with a lot of processed sugar, such as donuts, increases inflammation in the body and contributes considerably to weight gain around the diaphragm (stock image)
4. DAIRY PRODUCTS
Although a certain amount of dairy products is beneficial to general health, an immediately bloated feeling after eating can be a sign of lactose intolerance.
Mrs. Allen advised to reduce your intake of cheese, yogurt, milk and ice to test the result.
There is a wide range of dairy-free alternatives available in Australia, such as almond milk, oat milk and cashew cheese.
5. FTRAINED CHICKEN
Fast food like fried chicken may be nice when you eat it, but it leaves you quickly bloated and slow.
Mrs. Allen recommended fast food in the run-up to the summer to dramatically reduce your sodium and trans fat intake.
Fried foods also contain few minerals or vitamins, so opt for a healthy, home-made meal packed with protein and green vegetables instead.
Dairy can cause bloating and slowness, so Allen recommends reducing your intake and switching to dairy-free alternatives such as almond milk and cashew cheese (stock image)
Snacks with a high content of hydrogenated oils and trans fat are known to increase cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and also contribute to weight gain around the stomach.
Ms. Allen advised avoiding all types of chips, even fried and low-fat options, as most still contain a high number of calories that contribute to belly fat.
7. WHITE FLOWER AND RICE
If you are really serious about shifting belly fat, you need to drastically reduce your intake of white bread, flour, rice and pasta.
White carbohydrates have already gone through various stages of refinement and processing, so stick to brown alternatives instead.
While breakfast cereal is a handy snack in moderation, most people inadvertently double the portion size.
If you really want to keep breakfast cereal as part of your morning meal, Ms. Allen advised weighing it in a measuring cup and choosing a dairy-free milk that goes with it.
9. REFINED SUGARS AND SWEETENERS
Finally, it is almost self-evident that refined sugar is one of the first things you should throw away to lose belly fat.
Processed sugar increases insulin levels, which promotes fat storage and weakens the immune system.
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