You want to have a great physique but you keep falling a tad bit short. Maybe the problem is not with your workout regimen. Maybe it’s in your diet and the types of food you eat. Many people fail to see this. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 54% of U.S. adults now have abdominal obesity, up from 46% in 2000. In case you fall into that category, it’s now time to consider lessening or even avoiding consumption of these 5 foods:
Avoid refined grains. Not sure what a refined grain is? It’s an ingredient found in foods like white rice, white bread, and regular white pasta. The unrefined stuff which is classified as whole wheat, brown rice and quinoa is a healthier option to eat. Pennsylvania State University researchers found that people who ate whole grains in addition to keeping a healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and protein lost more weight from the abdominal area the group of people who kept the same healthy diet but ate all refined grains.
Try to limit the amount of starchy foods you eat. One of the biggest culprits of this are potato products and potato chips. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine followed the weight changes of more than 120,000 men and women for up to 20 years. The participants were checked every four years and, on average, they gained 3.35 pounds each time which adds ups to almost 17 pounds by the time the study was finished.
Avoid processed meats ! Yes, put down the lunchmeat and eat REAL food. Not only are they filled with a lot of fillers but they are laced with nitrates and other byproducts that your body should not be consuming.
YUMM frosting... put the spoon down. It is loaded with trans fats. How bad can trans fats be? Researchers at Wake Forest University gave groups of monkeys two different diets; one group ate trans fats and the other ate unsaturated fats. The results: The group eating trans fats upped their body weight by 7.2 percent in six years and the other only gained 1.8 percent. Not only did the trans fats add new fat, it was also responsible for moving fat from other areas to the belly. Check for trans fat in other foods like pre-made baked goods, snack foods, and frozen pizzas.
Diet soda or ALL soda for that matter. t’s easy to get fooled by the zero-calorie label, yet sodas made with sugar substitutes are believed by many to play a role in weight gain. A new study published this month found that people who drank diet soda gained almost three times the amount of abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink the no-cal stuff. Recent research from the Weizmann Institute of Science found drinking water with artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame and sucralose makes you vulnerable to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.The combination of those two things are known to lead to weight gain.
If you learn to eat healthy and clean from all natural sources you will see better results in the long run than trying to find short cuts along the way !