25 Worst Foods for Your Abs

Avoid these foods that go right to your waist.

By David Zinczenko

You know how sappy movies go right to your heart? And champagne goes right to your head? And tax day goes right to your wallet?

Well, some foods go right to your gut—and cause nearly instant fat gain, right where you don’t want it.

They call this type of weight gain “deep fat tissue,” and it leads to deeply felt embarrassment when it comes time to strip down for the neighborhood pool party. It also leads to some more serious issues—heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s among them.

Where your body stores calories depends on your hormones, and some foods trigger just the exact right hormonal reaction—they hit you in the gut like a Dear John letter. Fortunately, new research in Zero Belly Diet, reveals the most common “insta-belly” foods, and offers some ingenious alternatives to help you indulge without the bulge.