Have you tried to lose weight, especially around your waistline, but the love handles aren’t disappearing? You are not alone. Most people who are trying to get toned face this issue. A regular exercise program is essential for a slim waistline, but another important factor is what we eat.
Here are a few common foods that add to your waistline and which you should avoid.
Crackers and Chips
Crackers and chips are loaded with empty calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats. These all contribute to a larger waistline. Their nutritional value is low, they are calorie-dense, and due to their lack of satiety and palatability, they’re overconsumed. This leads to an excess caloric intake and an increased risk of weight gain. More so if combined with poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle.
Instant noodles have lots of sodium and unhealthy fats, which are significant contributors to bloating and gaining weight. They’re also highly processed, high in empty calories, and have zero fiber. Instant noodles cause your blood sugar levels to rise fast because of refined carbohydrates.
Eating processed cheese with halt your weight loss goals because of the additives and saturated fats they contain. If overconsumed, the high trans-fat, calorie-dense content may increase fat deposits around your midriff and inflammation.
Because processed cheese has a high trans-fat content and is calorie-dense, it can increase inflammation and fat deposits on your waistline if overconsumed.
Despite its popularity, sugary cereal is low in nutrients and high in refined sugars, which make it a common cause of love handles. Sugary cereals can increase abdominal fat due to their high sugar content, which raises blood sugar levels and insulin release. Consuming sugary cereals often may promote overeating and contribute to abdominal weight gain.
Donuts encourage fat storage and have little nutrition. They’re calorie-dense, high in refined carbohydrates, added sugars, and unhealthy fats, which causes higher blood sugar levels and overeating because of cravings.