For many, the struggle to lose weight feels never-ending. Sometimes, despite your best efforts to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and exercise regularly, the pounds just don’t seem to come off. Losing weight is difficult, especially in stubborn areas like around your belly. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and patience, but the progress will come to those who work at it.
If you’re hitting a weight loss plateau you might want to take a closer look at your diet. Aside from getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet, you might want to consider cutting certain foods out to get rid of that stubborn belly fat, once and for all.
To help you along on your weight loss journey we spoke with Registered Dietician for The Vitamin Shoppe, Brittany Michels to find out what the worst food is for excess fat around your midsection.
“If you are looking to lose stubborn belly fat, you should eliminate added sugars, especially high-fructose corn syrup from your diet,” recommends Michels. If you eat relatively healthy, you may think your diet is free of high-fructose corn syrup, but that is not always the case. “The most popular culprits of added sugars are bread, cereal, coffee creamer and flavored yogurt.”
What you may consider being a healthy snack, like flavored yogurt, could actually be hurting your progress.
Other foods with high-fructose corn syrup include:
-Frozen Junk Foods
There is much research on the negative effects of excess fructose intake on health, including its effect on visceral adiposity. Added sugar is converted into fat if not immediately needed for energy by the body,” continues Michels. “Removing these sugar-containing foods from your diet will decrease the conversion of unutilized sugars into fat and can lead to the loss of belly fat.