Corn is a grain, not a vegetable. Don't make that mistake. I did and it played havoc with my blood sugar and quickly put the pounds on. Corn is high in sugar, starch and calories and low in any nutritional value.
Corn, or a form or corn (fructuose corn syrup, corn starch, corn derivatives) are in almost all pre packaged foods because it's a cheap filler and preservative. It's in diet drinks, it's even in jello for pete's sake.
So if you're making your own meals from scratch, you still have to read the labels of the ingredients.
Perhaps too much sugar is your enemy. Excess sugar that the body doesn't burn off is stored as fat, primarily around your middle, giving you that "apple" look.
A short google search showed this:
Here is a list of some of the possible code words for “sugar” which may appear on a label. Hint: the words “syrup”, “sweetener”, and anything ending in “ose” can usually be assumed to be “sugar”. If the label says “no added sugars”, it should not contain any of the following, although the food could contain naturally-occurring sugars (such as lactose in milk).
- Agage Nectar
- Barley Malt Syrup
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
- Dehydrated Cane Juice
- Fruit juice concentrate
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Invert sugar
- Malt syrup
- Maple syrup
- Raw sugar
- Rice Syrup
- Sorghum or sorghum syrup
- Turbinado Sugar
Sugar alcohols are just as bad. Take it from a diabetic (and pray you never develop diabetes)