Spring cleaning to flatten the belly before summer hits

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Natural food stores like the Edge of the Woods offer healthy choices but even here some are healthier than others.

If you’re trying to shed the pounds, don’t be sucked in by the packaging.

Nationally known health expert David Forman, The Herbal Pharmacist, says “What we’re finding is that the things you take the fat out of, they have to put something else in to make up for the lack of the fat and often times that might be more sugar or salt.”

He points to the array of cereal boxes.

“Whether its organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, I don’t really care honestly because it’s still, if it’s boxed or processed or manipulated then it’s going to negatively effect my waistline.”

Instead – reach out for the not processed steel cut oatmeal for breakfast.

“I have a saying now that we have turned our bodies into fat factories because we consume alot of sugar and we consumer alot of starch because we consume so many processed foods.”

Still, options to white sugar can have artificial additives. He recommends using stevia — a plant based sugar.

“Your taste buds think it’s sugar so you’re not going to have, getting it in your blood stream being converted into fat, it’s just going to pass on through you.”

Another tip- green tea. Studies show that three to five cups a day — can boost metabolism, suppress appetite and burn fat.

“Anytime you can use something like green tea thats going to drive your body to burn more fat, you are going to keep your muscle, you are going to shrink in size.”

if you must have carbs, he says research shows the ingredient Phase II — a white kidney bean extract, keeps the body from two thirds of it to sugar.

“It’s patented, clinically tested, to show its effect on weight loss.”

Something else you need to know about sugar.

David Forman says it tends to lead to bloating. So just by eliminating sugar, you’ll retain less fluid. Which could make getting into those tight jeans a lot easier.

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