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7 “Healthy” Foods That Cause Belly Fat

Foods That Cause Belly Fat AKA Stay Away!

Have you ever been eating something only to find out that what you are eating was actually one of the foods that cause belly fat? Unfortunately there are a lot of so-called healthy foods out there that are really nothing more than unhealthy belly fat gaining foods.

In this blog post, uncover the truth about these fake health foods to avoid not only to keep you healthy but also to keep the belly fat off for good.

It still surprises me how many people who think these foods are healthy for them but in actuality they’re severely decreasing their health as one of the reasons why people complain that they just can’t lose weight.

I’m not a believer that all calories are created equal because for instance you can’t eat 1000 cal of mayonnaise and I’ll bet you everything I own that it won’t be nearly as healthy for you as 1000 cal of green vegetables.

So it’s time to throw the whole calorie equals a calorie myth out the window because it’s really the nutrients and how your body reacts to them that makes all the difference.

There’s a big difference when you eat superfoods compared to junk foods even though the calories may be somewhat similar.

I’m not blaming you because at one time I actually thought these things were healthy for me to and I spent the better part of my life eating them.

But today is a great day to start making some changes because if you continue to eat these foods you will not only not be able to lose fat but he also decrease your health as well.

The 7 Healthy Deadly Foods That Cause Belly Fat

Bread. My first unhealthy food that causes you to gain belly fat is bread and despite what most people think the bread that you’re eating is not as healthy as you think it.

The reason bread is not healthy for you is because it spikes or insulin levels and this will happen from eating pretty much any kind of bread. And the number one rule of how to lose belly fat is to keep your insulin levels at stable and lower levels and by eating bread this will be counterintuitive to that principle.

This also goes for other processed grains such as pretzels, cereals and chips.

Fruit Juice. Fruit juice is the second one on my list of foods that cause belly fat and most of us think of drinking orange juice as a typical American breakfast.

But the truth is fruit juice is loaded with fructose which is another form of sugar that our body can’t handle properly.

It will raise our blood sugar which will in effect also raise or insulin levels so if you’re looking to stay lean than the fruit juice has got to go!

Soy is also very very bad for you and I would recommend eliminating it from your diet completely.

A lot of us are drinking soy milk because we think it’s a healthier alternative but it’s really going to cause numerous health problems besides stomach fat.

Also most of the soy we consume is genetically modified and this makes it very difficult for our bodies to process not to mention you’re most likely consuming a lot of pesticides and toxins.

With that being said the next food that causes belly fat is pasteurized dairy and the reason you want to stay away from this kind of very is because it kills all that enzymes and healthy bacteria that actually make it beneficial to our health.

Did you know a research study found that when they fed baby cows pasteurized milk the majority of them died before maturity?

Always drink raw milk only and throw the pasteurized and homogenized dairy out the window!

Vegetable oil should also be avoided when cooking because when you heat them they result in the formation of molecules that are more toxic than trans fat.

I would stay away from these polyunsaturated fats such as canola oil because they are also high in Omega-6’s which cause inflammation in your body leading to belly fat and other health problems.

Frozen yogurt is something people think is very healthy for them but unfortunately most manufactured frozen yogurt has had a lot of sugar added to it.

The reason they do this is you obviously help improve the flavor, and therefore increasing their sales. Remember one of the reasons you gain belly fat is because of sugar raising your insulin levels.

Instead opt to make your own yogurt and try to find a plain Greek yogurt and toss in a little bit of cinnamon for flavor.

And the last one on my list are artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and aspartame even though they contain zero calories your body still recognize the sweet taste, and therefore expecting calories to follow leading to weight gain because your biochemistry becomes distorted from it.

Consuming these artificial sweeteners will actually cause your body to crave more of it because even though it tastes sweet your body is not satisfied because it wants those calories that it was expecting.

Instead try not to sweeten your food or use just a little bit of raw honey or Maple syrup to do the job.

Wrapping Up This Foods That Cause Belly Fat Post

Hopefully I shed some light on some of these so-called healthy foods but in actuality there really foods that cause belly fat.

I’d also ready my top fat burning foods for women post for more foods to avoid.  Besides the weight gain you also see a decrease in your health, lower energy levels and more stress in your body.

I would highly recommend staying away from these foods and instead use my Flat Belly Formula system to discover healthier food choices that will improve your quality of life while also flattening your belly.

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  1. Shan

    September 21, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Hey Josh, what do you use for beverages? I’ve been drinking almond and coconut milk (unsweetened). What products do you recommend for baking? What is you thinking on Stevia or agave nectar? When you absolutely need bread, what do you reach for?


  2. franco

    September 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Thoughts on ezekiel bread?


    • Josh Schlottman

      October 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Hey Franco, I like it but I would eat it sparingly if you have a lot of weight to use. But it’s a great alternative to other breads.


  3. Sunny

    February 18, 2012 at 4:27 am

    hey josh im 16 this year and i have really bad self esteem issues -- i actually hate the way i look. could you please recommend a diet, foods to eat, exercise routine becuase im not quite sure how i should go about it. and i want to be happier and more atractive:) please reply, cheers. by the way, if this helps, i weigh 67 kg and im 5’8. OR 5’something -- im short


    • Josh Schlottman

      February 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Hi Sunny, keep your head up! If there was any one program I would recommend it would have to be my Flat Belly Formula system. Hope this helps you out.


  4. MKJ

    April 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Hi! I cook with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil when I prepare things like scrambled eggs, sauteed spinach/broccoli, or cook lean protein such as chicken. Is olive oil a problem included in vegetable oil? If so, what do you recommend using to cook?


    • Josh Schlottman

      March 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Olive oil is actually higher in omega-3 fatty acids so you’re good. Just make sure you don’t get the pan too hot because olive oil has a low smoking point. I also like to use macadamia nut oil if you can find it.


  5. nancy

    April 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    hi josh im a stay at home mo im 20 years old
    weigh 160 and 5’0” ft i dont have time to go run or work out
    im usually stressed out so i turn to eating junk food or
    eat out of porportion…. i wanna lose 40 pounds but i don’t
    knw where to start help me please!!!


    • Josh Schlottman

      April 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Hey Nancy, you have to first focus on nutrition and reducing your stress levels. Start eating healthy throughout the day and as you get better start implementing workouts. If you need help check out my Flat Belly Formula program.


  6. Alexia

    May 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Hey Josh, I’m an 18 year old female and I was wondering what your best tips are for losing lower belly fat. I weigh 122 and Im happy with the rest of my body it’s just I’m self concious of my stomach. Ive tried almost everything and it’s so stubborn. I need some help, please.


  7. Louis

    October 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Hey Josh, you are the man!…I am learning so much from your site, keep up the good job.


  8. Nicole

    December 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

    when you say fructose, do you really mean fructose or HFCS because I’ve done a lot of research on the two and they differ greatly, and fructose is actually a quite effective sweetener, as well as quite healthy in the case of natural sugars. This would put a huge difference between, say, Minute Maid and Naked drinks.


    • Juanita

      December 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Fructose is a healthy sugar, but if fat loss is your goal, you want to stay away from it.


    • Josh Schlottman

      May 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Hi Nicole, if you need to lose a lot of fat than I would stay away from fruit that’s high in fructose. Any kind of sugar is going to raise your blood sugar (obviously fructose is healthier than HFCS). Try some low sugar berries to satisfy a sweet tooth.


  9. Collin

    December 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Such a great and helpful post. This will really help people to lose weight as well as lose belly fat. Eating nutritious foods along with proper exercise will also help to achieve a good body.


  10. Cedric

    February 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    if heated vegetable oil isnt good for cooking, what oil should I use? I usually only use sunflower for cooking and virgin olive or linen oil for salads…


    • Josh Schlottman

      July 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      I’ll personally use macadamia nut oil or avocado oil when I’m cooking for their high smoking point. Virgin olive oil is fine for salads but it has a low smoking point so it’s not ideal when cooking.


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josh-and-dogHi, My name's Josh and my life mission is to help as many people in the world possible to achieve their goals in health and fitness. I believe we're all worthy of having the body, mind and soul of a happy and strong person. I've been training since I graduated with a degree in Nutrition and after I received my Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) certification. I'm looking forward to giving all I can to get you to your goals. 💪