Are your love handles spilling over your jeans? Do you have to suck in your stomach to button your pants? If so, tweaking your diet may be all you need to reduce some of that belly fat. Yes, you’ll still need to exercise and cut back on your daily bon-bon binges, but eating certain foods will get you on your way to a slimmer midsection. We’ve found six foods for a flatter belly that you should incorporate into your daily diet.
Eating regular and Greek yogurt is a great way to banish belly flab. The probiotics in yogurt balance out the good bacteria in your gut, and this keeps things moving along your digestive tract.
One to three cups of low-fat or fat-free yogurt goes toward your recommended calcium and protein servings for the day.
Pass the almonds! Almonds contain monounsaturated fatty acids. These beneficial fatty acids increase your metabolic rate so your body will burn fat faster, and the fatty acids help keep you full and satisfied longer. Snack on 1-oz. per day, or about 23 almonds, for the best benefits.
Quinoa is a whole grain and a complete protein. Whole grains are digested more slowly than refined grains, so the body uses them as fuel rather than storing them in fat cells. In a recent study, a group of whole-grain eaters lost significantly more belly fat than refined grain eaters.
Try subbing in quinoa for at least one of your other daily grains (one half-cup serving per day).
Berries are full of fiber, and fiber is great for speeding up digestion so your food doesn’t sit around in your digestive tract. Another bonus? Fiber keeps you fuller, longer! Aim for at least a half-cup a day of berries like strawberries, blueberries or more and you’ll be getting lots of good-for-you antioxidants too.
Salmon is the rockstar of the omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help burn fat by speeding up your metabolism. Make sure to choose wild salmon and aim for two 4-oz. servings per week.
“Sassy Water”—the delicious citrus-soaked spa water from Prevention’s Flat Belly Diet has taken the world by storm. Boost your likelihood of drinking water by adding grapefruit, cucumber, berries or mint leaves. It lends incredible flavor, natural nutrients, and all that hydration helps you stay thin and trim.
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Simple and splendid, this detox water is the perfect way to drink your daily water, and keep your body hydrated and slim.
Ingredients: 8 cups water, 2 cups strawberries, sliced, 4 drops food-safe peppermint, Juice of 2 lemons
Directions: In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Place in the fridge overnight. Drink and enjoy!