14 Worst Foods for Belly Fat

Refined-grains

Excess fat is responsible for a host of health problems, and belly fat is one of the most dangerous kinds.

Fat in the abdomen has been implicated in heart disease, stroke, and other severe problems, so the best diet is one limiting the specific foods contributing to belly fat.

While it may not be possible to control all such foods, avoiding certain groups will go a long way toward improving your diet and reducing belly fat.
 

1. Refined grains

Unlike the whole grains in the brown forms of foods, refined grains have been modified from their natural form, dramatically increasing your chances of piling on extra pounds. Common examples of refined grains include white rice, white bread and white pasta.

During refining, grains lose much of their nutritional content because of the removal of germ and bran. This improves the texture, lightens the color and slightly alters the taste.

Coloring or texturizing agents such as bleach and bromine are added, and the finished product is thoroughly mixed to ensure consistency. Texturizing processed grains also makes them more easily assimilated as fat.

A Harvard Medical School research project conducted for over a decade found that participants eating the most refined grains were substantially more likely to gain unwanted weight. Those eating the most whole grains were least likely to develop unsightly belly fat.

In addition to helping control weight, the high levels of germ, bran and other natural nutrients makes whole wheat products clearly superior to their refined counterparts.

Many products are labeled “enriched” because nutrients such as thiamin, iron, riboflavin and niacin are added. However, the nutrients added are only a fraction of what was taken out, and natural grains are usually more nutritious than “enriched” ones. A notable exception is maize, in which refinement increases the bioavailability of niacin.

2 Comments

  1. William Irby

    March 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

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  2. Indrid Cold

    May 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Candidiasis is the turbo-charger of weight gain (and MANY age related health problems). So many people have the systemic form of this infestation and it explains why so many people are not just a bit overweight, but obese. Once this yeast gets out of the gut and into the bloodstream, it so alters your metabolism and immune system, that serious health problems are virtually guaranteed. Eliminating it can be very difficult, but doing so can return the body to a MUCH more youthful and healthy state. I know, because candida infestation nearly killed me. Now, I look and feel about 20 years younger.

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