Its every woman’s dream to have a flat stomach, however, do you wonder how you can achieve this without hitting the gym?
You don’t have to wonder any longer! With these top 5 foods you will sail towards a trimmer waistline and that flat stomach you’ve always dreamed of!
Often referred to as linseeds, flax seeds are nutritiously packed with monounsaturated fats which are infact very diet friendly. Unlike saturated fats, monounsaturated fats not only lower cholesterol levels but can also help with reducing body fat.
These super seeds help with bloating and also tackle those unwanted love handles. They also provide us with high levels of fibre and keep our digestive system running smoothly, banishing bloating, constipation and other digestive problems. Why not add a spoon full of flax seeds to your morning cereal, homemade smoothie or your lunchtime salad and start to enjoy their belly-flattening effects!
Blueberries, Blackberries, Acai Berries … what do these berries have in common you may ask? Well they can all help you back into those skinny jeans! A recent study has shown that those who want to lose fat from there belly, need to opt for a fruit that is red or blue in colour. For example cherries, red grapes, blueberries and many more types of berries. The chemical that is responsible for the colouring of these fruits is anthocyanins and according to recent research it is known to burn abdominal fat.
Not only is yoghurt low in calories and fat, many yoghurts also contain active cultures (probiotics) which promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and help with digestion, excess gas and bloating. Yoghurts can fit easily into anyone’s diet plan in the form of a snack or part of a meal. You could try combining all-natural yoghurt with berries and flax seeds in a morning smoothie or in bowl of cereal which will get you off to a great morning start before you leave the house.
Whole grains are great for weight management and shedding those excess pounds. Not only are they a low fat source of slow-release energy, but they help regulate the digestion system allowing you to feel fuller for longer due to the high levels of fibre they contain. Eating whole grains also help lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and insulin in the body, both of which encourage fat to be stored around the belly.
Wheat is very difficult to digest, is known to cause bloating but many people still opt for this as a primary source of whole grains. Good alternatives include brown rice, oats, buckwheat and spelt. Quinoa is technically a seed, but also is a nutritious alternative that can be used in the place of grains such as pasta and couscous.
Water is not technically a food, but a lack of water in your diet could be standing between you and a flat stomach. Bloating is something that affects many women and the problem is often worsened or even instigated by a lack of fluids in the system. Drinking water helps to flush the toxins out of your system, improves the digestive system, reduces fluid retention, curbs hunger and all of which allows your stomach too become flatter.
To aim for a flat tummy you are advised to drink a minimum of eight glasses of liquids each day. These liquids however do not have to be water, but you should avoid fizzy drinks as they can cause bloating. Still liquids are always best and are low in calories. Green tea is a great alternative if you don’t prefer plain water and it is rumoured to have many fat burning benefits.
Would you consider adding these foods to your diet in order to achieve a flat stomach?
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