8 Foods That Can Help Flatten Your Belly
For many women, the belly area tends to be the most problematic. The good news is that there are a few ways to help you get a flatter belly, and this has a lot to do with what you eat. Yes, that’s right, you can eat your way to a flat tummy, and these are the foods you need.
What do blackberries, blueberries, and acai berries all have in common? They all help you squeeze your way back into your skinny jeans. Studies have shown that people wanting to lose belly fat should opt for fruit that is blue or red in color, such as cherries, red grapes and many types of berries. It is the chemical responsible for giving these fruits their color – anthocyanins – that help burn abdominal fat.
Contrary to what some people believe, bananas contribute to weight loss NOT gain. Eating a banana is not just a great way to provide your body with skin-healing zinc, brain-powering slow release energy and filling fiber, but can also help you to relieve water retention thanks to the high levels of potassium they contain.
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A bowl of guacamole and a bag of chips isn’t what we have in mind. But slice up a fresh avocado and you’ll get about 15g of fiber- a great way to keep hunger at bay. Plus, enjoy just ¼ cup of avocado and you’ll be rewarded with a full serving of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) which help burn belly fat.
Many legumes are low on the glycemic index, which measures the impact a food has on your blood sugar. Peanuts rank as one of the lowest in glycemic load (GL), meaning they help keep your glucose at an even keel. Here’s why that’s important: in a study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers concluded that overweight men and women who followed a low-GL diet for 8 weeks had 11 percent less visceral fat compared to those on a high-GL diet. That may be because low-GL foods prompt less insulin release and thus less fat storage. Separate research also showed that eating nuts (including peanuts) were associated with a slimmer waistline and lower BMI.
5. Yogurt (probiotics)
The basics of beating the bloat with yogurt is to first make sure you’re choosing a yogurt that has active cultures. Regularly consuming yogurt with active cultures increases lactobacillus and bifidobacterium – the “good” bacteria – in the digestive tract, which facilitate efficient digestion and prevention of belly bloat. The best source is plain, non-fat or low-fat yogurt. If you need a bit of sweetness, mix in fresh fruit at home rather than grabbing flavored yogurts.
You love this veggie for its refreshing crunch, but it’s got something your body will love more: a special kind of fiber that feeds good bacteria. And you definitely want that good bacteria to grow, since having it keeps bloat at bay. Plus, celery is made up of 95 percent water, so as an awesome bonus, it combats the ballooning effects of dehydration.
Fennel is a diuretic and can help your body flush out the excess water which often leaves you feeling bloated. If the liquorice-like taste puts you off then celery is a great alternative with similar properties.
Green veggies like romaine or arugula lettuce, spinach, and kale are not only packed with vitamins and minerals and low in calories but also contain a high amount of fiber to prevent belly bloating. Make yourself a ginormous salad for lunch, and it’ll keep you filled throughout the afternoon. Or have a smaller salad before a meal, and you’ll find yourself eating less of the main course.