Fitness The 5 foods to avoid if you want a six pack

Carrying a spare tire around your belly? You're not alone: however, If you fall into this category it's time to consider cutting down your consumption of these foods.

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Carrying a spare tire around your belly? You're not alone: however, If you fall into this category it's time to consider cutting down your consumption of these foods:

Refined grains

Not sure what a refined grain is? It's an ingredient found in foods like white rice, white bread, and regular white pasta. The unrefined stuff (whole wheat, brown rice and quinoa) is always healthier. Researchers found that people who ate whole grains in addition to keeping a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and protein lost more weight from the abdominal area the group of people who kept the same healthy diet but ate all refined grains.

Potato products

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine followed the weight changes of more than 120,000 men and women for up to 20 years. The participants were checked every four years and, on average, they gained 3.35 pounds each time—so almost 17 pounds by the time the study was finished. The foods associated with the greatest weight gain? You guessed it potato chips and potatoes.

Red and processed meat

Red processed meat should be eaten in moderation, or else it would ruin your perfect chance of getting that Channing Tatum look.

Frosting

Those cupcakes your coworker makes for special occasions? Yeah, don't eat them. also, check for trans fat in other foods like pre-made baked goods, snack foods, and frozen pizzas.

Diet soda

It's easy to get fooled by the zero-calorie label, yet sodas made with sugar substitutes are believed by many to play a role in weight gain. A new study published this month found that people who drank diet soda gained almost three times the amount of abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn't drink the no-cal stuff. 

Also anothe research was carried out found that mice drinking water with artificial sweeteners (saccharin, aspartame and sucralose) became vulnerable to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, two things known to lead to weight gain. 

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