These top tips will help you get a flat tummy fast!
Want a flat tummy like Kelly?
Then read on! Follow our top tips and you’ll soon banish the bloat!
EASY ON THE SALT…
Water is attracted to salt, meaning the more salty foods you eat, the more likely you are to retain fluids. Leave that take-away menu alone!
…BUT STEP UP THE VINEGAR!
Apple cider vinegar has been proven to aid weight loss! Add 2 teaspoons to a glass of water and try it!
EAT YOUR GREENS
Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are great at reducing water retention. They boost your intake of vitamins too!
COOL IT DOWN
We all love indulging in a spicy curry, especially at the weekend, but this delicious take away can irritate your gut and lead to bloating. Make sure you avoid fiery foods to keep your tummy flat.
Keep some pears on your desk to snack on instead of sugary sweets. They act as a diuretic to fend off water retention and keep your waistline trim as well as being high in fibre to help you feel fuller for longer.
This citrus fruit is a well-known detoxifier, as it is great for removing nasty toxins from the body. Add a slice of fresh lemon to mug of hot water to drink every morning; it will help to ease water retention – leaving you with a stomach to die for!
Add this tasty root to stir-fry and marinades as an extra treat for your tum. With anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and antioxidant properties, there’s nothing this digestive aid doesn’t do!
Support the growth of good bacteria in your gut with Molkosan Original, £5.65, A.Vogel . Made from organic whey this supplement will reduce boating by improving the overall health of your tum.
Pile your plate high with delicious avocado! This fruit soothes the digestive system to reduce bloating, regulates fluid balance to avoid water retention and also prevents constipation thanks to its high magnesium content.
Oily fish such as salmon and mackerel are packed with protein that will help to tone your tum. Say hello to washboard abs…
Although veg is just as good for you whether it is raw or cooked, raw veg takes up more space in your GI tract and can cause bloating. It’s time to get cooking!
SPRING A LEEK
Serve them in a side dish or as a soup, but whichever way you enjoy your leeks you will be sure to reap the benefits. High in potassium, these veg are a brilliant way to help you remove excess water weight around your stomach.
GO CRANBERRY CRAZY
Cranberry juice contains diuretic properties, which helps the body to get rid of any excess fluids – meaning you’ll be able to see the difference on your waistline! Just make sure you pick the sugar free option.
TRY MAGIC BEANS
They may be small, but each little kidney bean is full of fibre to keep you fuller for longer and protein to help firm and tone your muscles. Why not try whipping up a bean chilli as a healthy and vegetarian alternative to beef?
Natural yoghurt contains helpful live bacteria, which can help to aid digestion and relieve bloating.
Delicious pineapple is high in natural fruit sugars, which help to fend off your sweet cravings and leave you less likely to reach for the biscuit tin. It also contains a digestive enzyme that helps to ease bloating.
Topping your morning coffee or porridge with a sprinkle of cinnamon spice will help to regulate your blood sugar levels – meaning you’re less likely to reach for a sugary snack before lunch.
Adding ground black pepper to your meals acts as a natural digestive aid that helps to relieve bloating around your tum, leaving your waistline trim!
If you can’t decide which piece of fruit to snack on, opt for a banana. They are packed full of slow release energy, meaning you will stay fuller for longer and less likely to reach for sugary snacks. The high levels of potassium also help reduce water retention.
CHEW YOUR FOOD
We all know that when you’ve got a delicious dinner in front of you, it’s hard not wolf it down. But – do make sure you take time to chew your properly food, as this makes it easier for your stomach to digest.
Whilst chewing on sugary mint gum can be bad for maintaining a flat tum, peppermint itself has calming digestive properties. Try drinking 3 cups of peppermint tea per day.
It’s a myth that cooking your food in oil is bad for you. Olive oil contains oleic acid, which helps to break down excess fat in the body; it also starves off hunger pains meaning that you’re less likely to snack.
GO FOR GARLIC
Garlic contains a chemical called allicin, which helps to kill of harmful bacteria within the body, including in your digestive tract. Keeping your digestive tract healthy is crucial to achieving a flat tummy.
When we are stressed the body produces more of a hormone called cortisol that encourages the body to store fat. Annnnnd relax!
CUT DOWN CARBS!
We know it’s hard to avoid enjoying a bread roll with your soup, but cutting out sugar-filled carbs like bread really does wonders for your tummy!
Top your salad with some extra cucumber this week. The natural diuretic helps to reduce bloating and water retention.
Snacking between meals isn’t always bad for your diet! Snacking on protein rich foods is a great way to avoid sugary snacks and always ensure snacks are under 200 calories, which is 10% of your daily allowance. These tasty Mattessons Thai Double Dippers make the perfect snack at just 166 calories!
WALK IT OFF
Make time to take a five-minute walk after each meal. Moving your body helps it to release air and get your digestive system moving.
DITCH THE GUM
As much as we love the mint taste, try to avoid chewing gum throughout the day. It causes you to swallow air, which leads to bloating.
Eggs are a brilliant source of protein and amino acids, meaning you feel fuller for longer. People who eat eggs are less likely to snack throughout the day.
TONE YOUR BUM
Your tum and bum are very much connected when it comes to exercise! Try out a few thighs and bum exercises and watch the improvement to your stomach.
AVOID FIZZY DRINKS
Where do you think all those bubbles go? Fizzy drinks are a big source of gas, which increases the size of your belly.
SWAP BREAKFAST TEA
Switch your morning cuppa for a mug of green tea. It helps the body to flush out excess fluids as well as speeding up your metabolism.
TAKE A BREAK
Working out every day doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the best results. Give your abs some time to recover by taking a day’s break between workouts.
TRY A SUPPLEMENT
Elifexir Flat Tummy plus is a minty prebiotic that helps you maintain a healthy gut inside out! It aids digestion and freshens breath, perfect for the party season.
As well as being brilliant for your skin and hair, almonds have a high fibre content, which will stop you feeling hungry. Why not try a handful as a mid-morning snack?
WALK THE PLANK
It’s a myth that crunches are the way to get killer abs! Instead you need to strengthen your core muscles from within. The plank exercise is a great way to do this.
KEEP IT COMPLEX
Brown rice is high in complex carbohydrates as well as b vitamins, meaning it helps you to burn calories faster. Why not try it with your dinner tonight?
Sunflower seeds are high in fibre meaning they are brilliant at keeping you feeling fuller for longer!
Food that is high in fat or has been fried takes longer for your body to digest, meaning you keep that horrible bloated feeling for longer.