Weight Loss Tips: 20 Ways to Fight Belly Flab

Get rid of your muffin top for good with these crunch-free tips (21 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Jun 11, 2012 at 12:50PM

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Weight Loss Tips: 20 Ways to Fight Belly Flab

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Belly Flab Fighter #11: Get Selective with Your Sugar

Choose your sweet treats carefully. “When you eat 120 calories of glucose (found in foods like potatoes and rice) less than 1 calorie is stored as fat,” says Johnston. “When you eat 120 calories of fructose, (think high fructose corn syrup 40 calories are stored as fat, which is how fructose consumption leads to metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and excess fat around the belly.” But not all fructose is bad, only the refined, man-made type. The naturally-occurring fructose found in fruit is okay, Johnston says, and plays an important role in a healthy, balanced diet.

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