A lot of people resort to dieting for losing stubborn fat around the belly. Most studies have shown that weight loss goals can be achieved much faster by practicing a combination of healthy food consumption and regular physical activity. The success of your weight loss plans depends a lot on your ability to avoid certain foods and make healthy substitutions.
Deep fried foods are full of saturated fats and trans fats that cause cardiovascular disease and disorders. The Harvard School of Public Health reports an increase of 23 percent risk of developing coronary heart disease due to excessive consumption of trans fats. Further, trans fats and saturated fats also increase the risk of immune system over-activity, internal inflammation, stroke, diabetes and heart conditions. According to Lawrence Rudel, professor of pathology and biochemistry at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, consumption of trans fats could cause fats to deposit in the abdominal region.
According to a University of California research from 2003, red meats introduce a foreign chemical, called N-glycolylneuraminic acid, to the body, triggering heart disease and cancer. Red meats are also high in saturated fats and cholesterol, both of which are bad for the cardiovascular system. Saturated fats also get deposited on the abdomen, affecting your waistline. If you want to consume red meats, choose the leaner cuts such as sirloin, flank, tenderloin and filet mignon.
Carbonated drinks contain lots of sugars that are readily metabolized. In a study performed by the Department of Psychology, Yale University in 2007, it was found that the consumption of soft drinks was clearly associated with higher caloric intake and increased body weight. Since these drinks contain lots of added sugars, the energy released from them is quickly turned into fat deposits. A 12 oz. can of cola contains 140 calories.
Refined flours such as those of wheat, rye and corn are stripped of all their nutrition due to the refining process. These flours contain only simple carbohydrates that are easily metabolized. These are converted into energy readily, and this excess energy is converted into fat. The fat is then deposited in various parts of your body, but mainly in the abdominal region. Even when additionally fortified, these flours are associated with high caloric intake. Instead of refined flours, consider consuming whole grain flours like whole wheat flour and soy flour.
Avoid cakes, cookies, ice cream and other high fat, high calorie desserts. Instead, choose whole fruit, low-fat yogurt and unbuttered popcorn as a treat.
- Harvard School of Public Health: The Nutrition Source; Fats and Cholesterol: Out with the Bad, In with the Good
- BBC News: Red meat 'cancer threat'
- Pubmed.gov: Effects of soft drink consumption on nutrition and health: a systematic review and meta-analysis; Vartanian LR et al; 2007
- Mayoclinic: Nutrition and Healthy Eating; Diet Soda: Is It Bad For You?; Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
- USAEmergencySupply: Nutritional Content of Whole Grains vs. Their Refined Flours
- Newsweek: Six Facts About Belly Fat