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The 8 foods to ditch to lose your tummy this year

Losing weight is a very hard task for most people with the tummy being the hardest part to lose. Why? Because one cannot lose tummy fat without a change in diet.

Which foods should one ditch to get rid of tummy fat? The list is below;

1. Do away with dairy

There’s some debate as to whether ditching dairy completely will assist in weight loss. Dairy contains calcium which is a critical factor in controlling what your body does with calories.

2. Pass on the potato chips

If you’re enjoying a few drinks with friends, it can be all too easy to reach for a handful of chips.

However, it’s worth remembering this treat often comes laden with fat.

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This is because chips are cooked in a type of oil is called a trans-fat. Trans-fat is known to increase cholesterol, contribute to heart disease and increase weight.

3. Say sayonara to soft drinks

It’s common knowledge that sugar-fuelled soft drinks are bad for you.

Soft drinks are full of empty calories because they are loaded with sugar in the form of fructose and other additives.

And while it might make sense to switch to diet varieties, these can come packed with artificial sweeteners and can have adverse effects on your health.

4. Cut out all processed baked goods

Baked treats like biscuits, doughnuts and other pre-baked desserts can be chock full of calories as well as being high in sugar and packed with preservatives. Try a piece of fresh fruit as an easy way to satiate that craving for sweetness.

5. Give fried foods the flick

While it’s cheap and easy to grab fast food when you’re on the run, it is usually greasy and has very little in terms of minerals, vitamins or fibre.

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Instead, it is loaded with sodium and trans-fat which manifests itself in your stomach.

6. White flour, rice and pasta

If you really want to banish belly fat, cut back on white, processed carbs including pasta, white bread, products made from white flour and white rice.

‘White carbs have already been processed and are therefore digested rapidly by the body to be stored as fat.’

Instead, choose slow release carbs. These include quinoa, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, legumes, dairy and starchy vegetables like sweet potato.

7. Check the size of your cereal bowl

Cereals are not necessarily bad for you, the dieting expert notes, but if you’re doubling the serving size chances are you’ll be gaining weight.

8. Refined sweeteners and sugar

Refined sugar wreaks havoc on the production of insulin by spiking levels and then causing them to plummet a short time later.

Insulin is a hormone that promotes fat storage and inhibits your ability to burn fat. Keeping insulin levels low, will allow the body to burn fat properly.

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