According to Lin Chang, MD, a professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, in the grand scheme of things exercising dedicatedly and frequently will matter very little if you consume certain foods. Chang claims there are many seemingly healthy foods that are in fact counterproductive if you are trying to tone your body, due to the bloating effects they induce.
Professor of medicine Lin Chang has said that there are many seemingly healthy foods that are in fact counteractive to toning your body due to the bloating they contribute to.
The Professor, who regularly contributes to Prevention.com, a website that helps people lose weight, get fit and live healthy, lists onions, broccoli and beans of all things to his list of food items to avoid when trying to slim down.
If you are going for a flat stomach, stay away from onions. The bulbous vegetable is rich in fructan, which when consumed results in greater water content in the intestine. And as those struggling with beer bellies will know, there is nothing more detrimental for a washboard stomach than this.
Yogurt is another enemy of a ripped abdomen according to Dr. Chang, unless it’s full-fat Greek yogurt which contains much less sugar than other types.
Incredibly, despite their reputation as one of the healthiest vegetables on Earth, but the raffinose they are high in apparently causes stomach gasses which cannot get broken down properly and result in abdominal bloating.
That beans can make you a bit gassy is common knowledge. The solution is to soak the beans in water overnight before cooking them in order to break down their starch content.
Another unexpected item on the no-go list is watermelon. Despite it being predominantly made out of water, it contains a lot of fructose that the body might have trouble absorbing, which again can also lead to heavy bloating.
Wheat also leaves a lot of people bloated and constipated due to its highly non-digestible fructan content.
Almost all of this produce will find itself in most dieting programs due to its low-calory count, but Dr. Lin Chang has cast a different light on the subject. It by no means suggests to chuck yogurt and wheat away and go back to candy bars, but it is a good starting point for further research in the eternal quest for the healthiest diet possible.