Want to reduce your belly fat? No need to eliminate entire food groups, all you need are some sneaky food swaps! Whilst you cannot use exercise to spot-reduce, diet can affect where you lose and gain weight. Research shows that certain foods can increase belly fat, while other foods can help decrease belly fat. Some studies even show that when people eat the same number of calories or lose the same amount of weight, certain foods can affect what you lose, with some foods helping increase the amount of belly fat lost, increase the amount body fat lost and even minimize the loss of muscle.
Swap store bought treats with homemade treats. Homemade treats tend to belower in calories, sugar and fat. However, baking your own cookies will also help you fight tummy fat. One of the common ingredients in store bought foods, especially baked goods, are trans-fats.
Research shows that trans fats promote deposition of fat in the belly area. In fact, one study published in scientific journal Obesity fed monkeys the same amount of calories, but fed one group trans fats and the other group monounsaturated fats. The monkeys on the trans-fats diet gained nearly four times as much weight and had 30% more tummy fat than the monkey fed the healthy monounsaturated fat. Scientists believe this may be because trans fats interfere with insulin, a hormone that affects body fat distribution. Guidelines, according to the American Heart Association, are to eat as little trans fats as possible – less than two grams a day.
And don’t even get me started on all the health disorders with which trans-fats are linked. That’s right, next time you’re in the grocery store, step away from the snacks & sweets aisle, and bake your own.
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