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10 Foods to Avoid If You Want a Flat Stomach

Who doesn’t dream of having the perfect flat stomach? Belly fat is one heck of a stubborn thing to shed, even for those who spend hours sweating at the gym. Also, abdominal obesity has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other metabolic and vascular diseases. Following the right exercise routine, a proper diet, and a healthy lifestyle will help you achieve the tummy of your dreams.

While we leave the choice of what you want to eat up to you, Bright Side will tell you what not to eat in order to make your dream of having a flat belly come true.


Legumes are nutritious but they are also rich in carbohydrates. So while you can eat them for protein, to get a flat belly it’s wise to keep them out of your diet.


One cup of full-cream yogurt contains almost 170 calories, one cup fat-free yogurt is 120 calories, and one cup of the popular double-cream yogurt contains about 230 calories. So, the decision to ditch it or not is certainly a no-brainer.

Carbonated beverages

One small 12-ounce can of coke contains 140 calories, while the larger ones can even contain double that. Avoiding them is a step in the right direction if you want a flat tummy.

Processed white and wheat flours

Studies show that the consumption of processed white flours is among the leading causes of obesity. Processed white flour usually contains little to no nutrients, no fiber, and one cup of it contains 455 calories. As an alternative, consume 100% whole grain flour.


Sweet for your taste buds, but not so sweet for your flat belly goals. Overconsumption of sugar is a leading cause of obesity and diabetes. One cup of white sugar contains 773 calories.


Mayonnaise is at least 80% fat. Need we say more?

Fast food

Most fast foods tend to be high in saturated fat, sugar, salt, and calories. Studies have time and again shown links between the consumption of fast food and obesity.


Potatoes are nutritious and tasty but they are also very high in calories. One medium potato contains about 163 calories. If you are striving to get the perfect flat stomach just remember to eat them in moderation!

Dried fruits

Dried fruits contain a lot of calories without the water that otherwise makes fresh fruits filling. Apart from being higher in calories per gram compared to fresh fruits, they are also often coated with sugar which spikes their calorie content even more.

Energy bars

Most energy bars are loaded with calories which, if you are aspiring to have the perfect flat belly, will negate all the hard work you put in at the gym.

Do you replace these food items with healthier alternatives? Let us know in the comments.

Please note: This article was updated in May 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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