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Eating Habits To Avoid If You Want a Flat Belly, Say Experts

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Rebecca Strong of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 8: Ever heard the expression "abs are made in the kitchen?" Well, that saying holds true for a flat belly, too—regardless of whether or not you're going for a six-pack. Experts say that what you eat (and drink) can have a profound impact on the appearance of your stomach."Diet plays an important role in metabolism, fat storage, and fat breakdown," says Holly Klamer, MS, RDN with My Crohn's and Colitis Team. "So, it's an important piece of weight loss and trying to get a flat belly."It's also important to note that other factors, like your stress and hormone levels, as well as genetics, can come into play."I would caution people to not get caught up in having a flat stomach as much as thinking about a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a healthy eating pattern," says Liz Weinandy, RD at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Some people are genetically predisposed to having more abdominal fat and for women who have gone through menopause, abdominal weight gain is more likely."With all of that in mind, here are some eating habits you'll definitely want to avoid if you're trying to achieve—or maintain—a flat midsection. Then, be sure to check out our list of the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

Eating Habits To Avoid If You Want a Flat Belly, Say Experts

Ever heard the expression "abs are made in the kitchen?" Well, that saying holds true for a flat belly, too—regardless of whether or not you're going for a six-pack. Experts say that what you eat (and drink) can have a profound impact on the appearance of your stomach.

"Diet plays an important role in metabolism, fat storage, and fat breakdown," says Holly Klamer, MS, RDN with My Crohn's and Colitis Team. "So, it's an important piece of weight loss and trying to get a flat belly."

It's also important to note that other factors, like your stress and hormone levels, as well as genetics, can come into play.

"I would caution people to not get caught up in having a flat stomach as much as thinking about a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a healthy eating pattern," says Liz Weinandy, RD at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Some people are genetically predisposed to having more abdominal fat and for women who have gone through menopause, abdominal weight gain is more likely."

With all of that in mind, here are some eating habits you'll definitely want to avoid if you're trying to achieve—or maintain—a flat midsection. Then, be sure to check out our list of the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

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