If only we didn’t have to think about healthy eating and exercise. If only it came naturally and without effort. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. We all have our own perceived problem areas, and we call them that for a reason. Sometimes, it feels like no matter what you do, how regimented your workouts are, or how detailed your food journal is, your problem area won’t budge.
For a lot of people, that problem area is the midsection. And we’ve long dreamed of having enviable abs à la Gigi Hadid and Kate Hudson, so we decided it was high time to do some research. Here, we’ve assembled a list of nine foods to avoid if you’re specifically aiming to shed belly fat. Just be cautious: We can’t guarantee you’ll like what you hear. Keep scrolling to learn which foods you should steer clear of in order to get a flatter stomach.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet rich in medium-chain triglycerides, as opposed to long-chain triglycerides, diminished overall abdominal fat. Long-chain triglycerides are present in dairy products. This isn’t to say that dairy is completely off limits, as healthy options like skim milk supply the body with protein and calcium. Cheese, on the other hand, is dense in calories and saturated fat. If you’re aiming for a slimmer midsection, do as the French do, and stay away from processed, melted cheese, and eat small portions of additive-free fromage instead.