Do you want a flatter stomach? Health experts say you should avoid white potatoes and cabbage

As many who are trying to achieve this know, a flatter stomach is made possible by a healthy diet, adequate hydration and consistent exercise. If you want to lose weight, you may have heard that starchy vegetables are linked to weight to deserve when eating often. To help prevent this, we reached out to health experts to find out which vegetarian options might be deterring your weight loss efforts and why. Read on for weight loss and flat stomach tips from registered dietitian Melissa Mitri, MS, RD at Zenmaster Wellness, nutritionist Julie LaPiana Evarts, RN, MSN, CRNP at Plantable, and registered nutritionist and creator of The Candida Diet, Lisa Richards.

White potatoes

Potatoes are a great source of many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but as the saying goes, too much of a good thing is sometimes a bad thing. While you can get fiber and carbohydrates from eating potatoes, experts recommend eating them in moderation if you want to lose weight and get a flatter stomach.

“The starchy vegetables to avoid if you want a flat stomach are white potatoes,” says Mitri. White potatoes have a very high glycemic index (GI), which is a measure of how quickly a food raises your blood sugar, she explains. “A higher GI means it tends to raise your blood sugar very quickly,” continues Mitri. “If your blood sugar continues to rise over time, you may be more at risk for inflammation and weight gain, especially in the abdominal area.” She also notes that “white potatoes are also the highest-calorie starchy vegetable,” and instead recommends low-calorie options like sweet potatoes and butternut squash.

Evarts adds that the “best way” to lose belly fat is to cut sugar and processed foods from your diet. She also says that while “starchy veggies often get a bad rap for being higher in carbs than their non-starchy friends,” they’re still full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber “that are good” for us. The trick, she says, is to balance starchy and non-starchy foods. “Keep an eye on your plate and keep the starchy delicious friends to about 25% (1/4) of your plate,” she advises.


“Cruciferous” is a term to describe vegetables that are part of the cabbage family. Cruciferous vegetables are high in starch and complex sugars. This can cause bloating or stomach gas. The most “most commonly consumed” cruciferous vegetables, says Richards, are “broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.”

She notes that these veggies can often cause, induce, and exacerbate bloating in some people because of “their high amount of fiber and the FODMAPs they contain.” FODMAPS, she says, refers to a group of carbohydrates that can be “difficult to digest” for some people. Anyone who has difficulty with digestion or bloating should limit their intake of vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and especially cabbage, as these vegetables are extremely fibrous. And limiting foods that cause bloating will get you one step closer to a flatter stomach!

In general, starchy vegetables such as corn, green peas, beets and, of course, potatoes and cabbage. are vital to your health – it’s just important to eat them in moderation to lose weight in a healthy way.

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