Belly fat is one of the most stubborn and unwanted types of fat. Even people who are not considered clinically overweight or obese can suffer from a little bit of excess belly fat – just enough to make them not want to wear their bikini with pride on the beach or put on that gorgeous dress or snazzy top they’ve been keeping in the wardrobe for months. One of the reasons people believe they are gaining belly fat is because of carbohydrates, so it’s important to understand the role they play in storing fat around our stomachs. 1588
Which foods have lots of carbs?
There are many foods which contain high levels of carbohydrate, such as bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. However, not all carbs are equal, since there are some good ones and some bad ones. Avoiding carbs to try and shed some belly fat will only work if you avoid the bad carbs. Since it’s so easy to make a bowl of pasta, grab a sandwich or snack on a bag of chips in your lunch break, cutting down on carbs requires quite a lot of thinking and planning ahead. 1689
Which carbs promote belly fat gain?
Carbs in foods containing white flour, such as white rice, white pasta, white bread, cakes, crisps and cookies, are the culprits which prevent you from losing the fat around your belly easily. When you eat them, particularly if you eat them in large quantities, there is a spike in your blood sugar levels, which makes it very difficult to lose belly fat. Apart from not helping you get rid of belly fat, it also encourages even more belly fat to accumulate if you consume these carbs over a prolonged period of time. 1985
What should carbs be replaced with?
You still need to eat carbs in order to have a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, but you should concentrate on getting good carbs, such as wholegrain foods and potatoes. These will generally contain the same amount of calories, but the content of the food itself is what makes a big difference. You should also replace some of your carb intake with protein, such as fish, meat, eggs and nuts. Plan your meals in advance, and if you’re eating fast food, try to opt for the items on the menu which don’t have as many carbs. You can always replace a sandwich made with white bread by choosing one made with wholewheat bread. 2051