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Want to have a flat belly, but no matter what you try you just can't seem to get there?

Wellness Expert Peggy Hall explains some dietary pitfalls that may stand in your way to achieving that look. Her top tip? Stop eating so-called "diet foods."

"You see it on the covers of all the fitness magazines, with dozens of workouts and eating plans to achieve a flat belly," Peggy says.

She's found there are simple changes you can make to help you achieve your goal.

1. Eliminate artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, maltitol, and any other "low-carb" or "sugar-free" sweetener. These compounds cannot be correctly digested by the body due to their chemically-created molecules. Instead, these artificial sweeteners causing gas, diarrhea, tummy troubles, and  you guessed it, belly boat!

2. For something sweet that won't stack up the calories, opt for these natural sweeteners instead: Stevia, honey, maple syrup, or date sugar.

3. Instead of chewing on sugar-free gum (which can cause belly bloat because of the artificial sweetener), Peggy recommends an unusual but refreshing alternative: Chew on fresh mint leaves to freshen your breath!

"The mint acts as nature's diuretic to expel belly-bloating fluid build-up," Peggy explains. "Mint also relaxes stomach spasms, and the minerals in mint also strengthen your teeth!"

4. Don't get fooled into thinking that agave syrup is a healthy sweetener. According to Peggy, "Agave syrup is a refined sugar, like corn syrup. It's not like the juice is simply extracted from the agave plant; it is processed exactly like sugar from corn, then concentrated into a syrup. Don't get caught up in the advertising hype!"

She adds that maple syrup is a better choice if you need a liquid sweetener.

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