Diet Habits For A Flatter Stomach
Everyone wants a flatter stomach, especially during swimsuit season. While exercises are important, they are only half the equation. A healthy diet is also important, and here are some simple daily additions that will help decrease bloating, reduce belly fat, and give you a flatter stomach.
1. Start your day with a glass of lemon water.
Lemon water is not only a source of potassium, but it is an inexpensive way to detoxify your body. Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning can help loosen the toxins in your body, flush them out, and relieve symptoms of indigestion. Also, drinking lemon water on a regular basis can reduce inflammation which can lead to bloating. Bonus perks: It's water, and the lemon gives you fresher breath!
2. Wash down some vitamins and supplements with that lemon water.
Supplements such as turmeric and fish oil can help reduce belly fat. Turmeric, a spice used commonly in India, contains a compound called curcumin which is said to alter the composition of bad fats and change them into calorie-burning fats. Fish oil, containing Omega-3s, also has fat burning benefits and helps reduce the amount of body fat in storage (which can typically be in the belly). Consult your doctor and dosage instructions prior to adding supplements to your diet.
3. Reduce or eliminate complex carbohydrates after 3 p.m.
It is very difficult to completely cut out all carbohydrates from your diet. However, eliminating or cutting back on complex carbohydrates, especially after 3 p.m., can have a major impact on your mid-section. It's really not as hard as it seems. Instead of having potatoes as a side, have quinoa or brown rice. Cut out the bread and add a nice green salad. Review this list of complex carbohydrates and try to cut a few from your diet.
4. Drink lots of water.
Water has multiple benefits, but two of the most beneficial ones are that it boosts your metabolism and makes you feel full. Drinking enough water each day helps to flush your system and to suppress your hunger. The Institute for Medicine determined that men should drink 3 liters per day, and women should drink 2.2 liters per day. As mentioned previously, lemon water counts towards your daily liters. So drink up!
5. Eat yogurt.
By now you're thinking, so what CAN I eat?? The answer is yogurt. Plain or non-fat yogurt is the best type to help you flatten your belly. Yogurts with active cultures (the good bacteria) are the best types to help you fight bloating which leads to a flatter stomach. People who regularly eat probiotics have fewer digestive problems resulting in less bloating.