Eating Habits that lead to belly fat: What We Eat or Fail to Eat:
Carbs and Sugar, which lead to excess insulin release: Sugars and white processed flours including glucose, honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, molasses, brown sugar, white sugar, sucrose, corn syrup, anything labelled energy like drinks or bars, bagels, pastas, white rice, crackers, muffins, pastries, cookies, candies, sweets, granola bars, sesame snacks, relish, pickles, honey, maple syrup, jam, apple butter, chutney’s, barbecue sauce or other condiments containing sugar.
These foods spike inflammation, which also increases belly fat: Inflammatory foods such as trans fats, excess saturated fats in red meats and full-fat dairy products; processed meats; inflammatory omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, cottonseed, soybean, sunflower, safflower, vegetable and peanut.
High Fructose Corn Syrup products: HFCS increases blood sugar and insulin, which ultimately leads to an overactive appetite, overeating, insulin resistance and obesity.
Artificial sweeteners and sugar-free products including splenda, sucralose, aspartame, saccharin and all other forms of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners, although they may not cause an increase in your blood sugar, they do trigger insulin release. This leads to excess appetite, overeating, insulin resistance and weight gain.
Excess alcohol: Excess alcohol intake leads to insulin resistance, estrogen dominance and may contribute to symptoms of low testosterone like loss of muscle and increased belly fat gain.
Excess caffeine increases insulin secretion. One cup of organic coffee per day is ok. Moderate caffeine intake may help blood glucose and insulin balance. More than four cups per day may, however, increase the risk of blood sugar imbalance, cholesterol, cravings and belly fat. More caffeine appears to stimulate a rise in blood sugar, which eventually spurs more insulin release.
Low-fibre intake: This nasty habit leads to increased blood sugar, insulin and estrogen in the body and increases the risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and obesity.