Check out our top five foods for a Flatter Tummy fast
There are certain areas of the body that, no matter hard you try, you simply cannot shift the weight from. The tummy is one of the most offending of these areas, being tricky to tone, regardless of the number of stomach crunches you do or diet tips you try.
These problem areas are probably not excess fat at all however; they can usually be put down to bloating and water retention in the guise of unwanted weight and knowing a few insider tips can work wonders at ridding yourself of those last few lbs.
1 – Water
Ironically, if you want to relieve water retention, one of the best things you can do is drink more of it.
When you are dehydrated your body will hold on to valuable water supplies in the form of that bloated midriff.
Drinking water consistently throughout the day will help to relieve symptoms of bloating associated with water retention.
2 – Whole Grains
Whole Grains are an excellent source of fibre and, as well as being a good source of vitamin B6, they are perfect for the slow release of energy, making you feel fuller for longer. The tip, however, is to eat whole grains in their natural state, such as brown rice, oats or buckwheat, as opposed to overly consuming processed wheat flour in bread and cereals. Wheat, in its refined state, can actually cause bloating, particularly in those who are wheat intolerant.
3 – Berries
The brighter the berry, the sweeter the fruit, as they say. If you’re craving a sweet fix, opt for berries; blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries etc.
Studies have shown that the chemical ingredient in berries that gives them their bright red and blue hues is actually fantastic at burning abdominal fat (Acai especially). Not only that, they are an excellent source of fibre, which boosts the efficiency of the digestive system.
4 – Melon
Melons are perfect for a flat tummy, particularly watermelon, or other foods that are rich in potassium.
The body uses potassium to balance sodium levels, high sodium levels can lead to bloating and water retention so eating foods like melon, raisins or bananas can help keep these levels in check.
Not only that, the high water content of melon will also help with hydration.
5 – Green Vegetables
Green Vegetables, such as cabbage, kale, spinach and broccoli are not only excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, they are also good sources of fibre while being very low in calories.
They are rich in potassium and also have a high water content, making them a perfect all rounder in the dieting stakes. Avoid iceburg lettuce however; which has almost no fibre or nutritional value, and opt for other salad leafs such as romaine.