Foods to Avoid for Flat Belly

Belly fat does not look or feel right and is harmful for heath. It is important to avoid foods that increase belly fat. Foods that are rich in calorie or sugar and low in food value, should be avoided to prevent increase in belly fat, as recommended by Harvard nutritionist Walter Willet. Below are foods that we can avoid to beat belly fat.

Fast Food

Fast food usually contains little amount of nutrition and high amount of bad fat. A single fast food meal can provide more than 2000 calories, which is close to recommended calorie intake for a day. We do not afford to consume fast food while expecting to lose belly fat. Even though we love fast food, we need avoid fast food to stay low on belly fat.


Alcohol contains too much calorie and little nutritional benefit. The other problem is that drinking alcohol gets out of control and results in drinking more and more. A night of drinking can lead to consumption of thousands of calories. Avoiding alcohol is good for flat belly.


Despite having positive effects, dairy products are rich in carbohydrate and bad fat. It is a good idea to limit consumption of milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream etc.  

Refined Grains

Refined grains are rich in carbohydrate and supplies sugar rush as if eating sugar does. It is good to replace refined grain for whole and wild grain.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice provide high nutritional benefit. It can also be high in sugar. Food or drink with high sugar content is not good in losing belly fat. It may still be OK to have a glass of fruit juice only in the morning.

Snack Foods

Pretzels, trail mix and chips can be calorie rich like sweet with little nutritional benefit. These foods can be replaced for a vegetable stick or a piece of fruit, as recommended by personal trainer Bill Phillips.


A baked potato does have almost same effects on our body as a tablespoon of sugar does. Potato can bring back hunger soon after consumption and lead to desire for more food.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Problem of sweet gets coupled with problem of refined grain when it comes to high fructose corn syrup. It’s too calorie rich with little nutritional value. It’s not just bad for fattening but also may hinder optimization of body’s full potential. It’s a good idea to avoid such stuff.

Refined Sugar and Sweeteners

Refined sugar and sweetener can cause level of insulin to go higher, which enhances storage of fat. This kind of food had adverse effects on immune system and makes it more difficult to combat germs or diseases.


Depending on amount, cereal can be both good and bad. Amount of cereal that is higher than serving size may be a problem for belly fat. Avoiding consumption of excessive amount of cereals is in the interest of flat belly.

Fried Food

Deep fried food can be high in sodium and trans. fat. Avoiding fried food is good for flat belly.


Margarine is used in some snacks, pastries, crackers, microwave popcorn etc. Margarine is rich in trans-fat which makes belly fat worse. Avoiding margarine is important. Margarine can be replaced for soft spread or small amount of regular butter.

Processed Baked Goods

Dessert cakes, doughnuts, muffins are tasty but these food can be too high in calorie and unwanted sugar. These products contain preservative and high sugar content for longer self-life. These foods can make anyone look bloated. Choosing fresh fruits over these foods is good for flat belly.

Soda and Soft Drinks

Soda supplies empty calories and high amount of sugar. It increases belly fat. Soft drinks are not good either due to high sugar content. Diet soft drink also contains artificial sweetener, which is injurious to health. Preferring pure drinking water to soda or soft drinks is a healthy choice and is good for flat belly.


Avoiding foods that increase belly fat not just helps flatten belly but also yields numerous health benefit. Belly fat is associated with number of diseases including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It may be little difficult to resist temptation to avoid certain foods. However, learning about link between belly fat and health issues can help keep us motivated in choosing right food.

Last update: June 10, 2017 03:17:31 pm

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