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Losing weight can be difficult and frustrating at the same time.
For optimal health, it is essential to have proper digestion. Foods which are easily accessible and help beat the bloated tummy.
To reduce belly fat or maintain your current body weight your program should always start with a whole natural diet full of nutrients.
Certain foods have a higher thermogenic effect, so you burn extra calories as you chew. Others help you feel full for a longer time and provide nutrients that are conducive to weight loss.
Focusing on wholesome natural foods such as fruits and vegetables will give you nutrients and compounds to kickstart your metabolism.
Eating Tips and Tricks
When it comes to eating your food, there are a few things to bear in mind when thinking of achieving a flatter stomach.
The first tip is only to eat when you are actually hungry. Do not eat just because it is a particular time and you have not eaten for a while. When your body is hungry, it will let you know.
Of course, don’t wait until you are starving as you are likely to start reaching for high carb foods you want to avoid.
When your stomach is lightly grumbling, you will begin to feel a little hungry, and that is a good time to eat.
There are other ways to eat less by simply drinking a glass of water before consuming your lunch or dinner. It helps as water fills the stomach up allowing slightly less room for the incoming food.
Also, try to eat until you are almost full up.
Do not eat super-fast as you will realize that your body is full sooner. You will adapt and naturally start losing more weight because you are not eating as much food.
Something I did not previously practice do now is using smaller plates, opposed to large plates for meals.
It is a psychological trick by eating with smaller plates you have less room for food and allows you to feel like you are eating sufficiently.
Below is a list of foods to add to your nutrition plan. Coupled with regular physical exercise will help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Berries could be your secret weapon for achieving your flat belly goals. Berries including cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries packs a big punch of nutrition.
They are packed with antioxidants, anti-cancer properties. All berries are high sources of dietary fiber, a nutrient important for a healthy digestive system and flatter stomach.
Berries also contain polyphenols, a potent natural chemical that can stop fat from forming.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Ordinary table salt as it binds water in the tissue which leads to water retention and cellulite.
Regular table salt also causes excess fluid in your body tissue and makes it impossible to lose weight.
In our house, we nearly always use Himalayan pink salt due to its many health advantages.
Himalayan pink salt contains many important essential minerals that help balance blood sugar. It helps detoxify the body by balancing pH levels.
It makes a fantastic addition to hot baths to help alleviate muscle cramps and soreness after working out.
Cayenne pepper is a secret weapon for combating obesity. It reduces gas and bloating as it increases the flow of digestive enzymes through your intestines.
Consuming cayenne pepper helps digestion by stimulating the salivary glands, which is needed to begin the digestive process.
Add the spicy pepper to your food to reduce an inflated stomach. I often like to add a bit too much as I enjoy the warm feeling it brings.
Nuts and seeds are a good choice for all diets and they make a particularly good healthy snack.
Fennel seeds are soft they have a compound which relieves you from bloating. I like to add fennel seeds to a cup of tea to help any feelings of indigestion, and constipation.
You can also add them to your cooking or chew on the seeds directly.
Fennel seeds contain natural organic compounds estragole, fenchone, and anethole, which provide anti-inflammatory properties.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants, has diuretic benefits and reduces inflammation in your digestive tract by keeping epidermal cells healthy.
Drinking a cup of green tea a day may also help prevent diabetes and insulin resistance.
I find it a great substitute for coffee especially when I do not want too much caffeine for the day.
Gingers health benefits are really quite extraordinary. Drinking ginger tea or chewing a small amount can help relieve nausea, motion sickness, and pain.
It reduces inflammation in your colon and reduces the bloat in your stomach.
The root or underground stem of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried, or as juice.
I prefer to drink it in a tea, and it gives you a warming effect similar to cayenne pepper.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the most beneficial foods for me throughout my health and fitness journey is apple cider vinegar. It is something that I incorporated into my diet and drink on a daily basis.
Apple cider vinegar it beats the bloat by maintaining the levels of stomach acids and keeping your gut bacteria healthy it also blocks the digestion of the starch. I have one to two teaspoon with a glass of warm water morning, evening and before meals.
Coupled with a good diet apple cider vinegar is very useful for a flat stomach and weight loss by aiding blood-sugar regulation.
Papaya is abundant in antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, flavonoids, and vitamin C. The tropical fruit also has enzymes which make digestion easier along with dietary fiber to reduce inflammation and gassy bloating.
Consuming the papaya seeds contain nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver and improve kidney health.
The taste is not for everyone and is best mixed with the papaya fruit to offset the bitter taste.
Eating the papaya seeds will help kill intestinal worms and parasites living inside our bodies.
Asparagus is one of my go-to vegetables for a ketogenic diet as it is super low in carbs and packed with nutrition.
It is a good source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamins C, E and K, and improves the ability of insulin to move glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
Asparagus is loaded with probiotics which help balance bacteria in your gut, fight obesity and bloating. They also absorb the water in your body helping you overcome water attention, relieve constipation and pass stools efficiently.
Almonds contain lots of healthy fats perfect for a low carb diet.
Adding almonds to your daily diet can help you achieve or maintain a flat stomach and keep your body fat percentage low.
It makes a fantastic low carb flour substitute for regular flour when baking your favorite treats. Simply grind up almonds until it becomes almond flour.
Almond also contain plenty of dietary fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E and help to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
A close rival to coconut oil in my kitchen. If you cannot get avocados, then get avocado oil.
Use this healthy oil in your kitchen instead of regular vegetable oil and obtain oleic acid and essential fatty acids.
It helps reduce abdominal fat and decreases the risk for metabolic syndrome. Avocado oil lowers bad LDL cholesterol and improves heart health and also improves absorption of essential nutrients.
The cucumber flesh is rich in vitamins such as A, C, and folic acid, while the hard skin contains dietary fiber and a range of minerals including magnesium, molybdenum, and potassium.
Cucumbers are super hydrating and have corseted which reduces inflammation and bloating.
If you do not drink enough water in your diet, you could even replace the liquid with cucumbers. It is one of best natural waters you can drink.
Cucumber water keeps you hydrated and helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion.
You can also massage the juice of a cucumber onto your scalp to help prevent thinning hair and aid hair growth.
Lemons are one of my best fruits to eat on a low carb diet.
It is a good source of vitamin C, a natural diuretics and reduces inflammation and bloating by detoxifying your body.
A glass of warm water with juice of one lemon will help you achieve a flat stomach faster.
Mixed with apple cider vinegar, it will help prevent and dissolve kidney stones.
Do not go overboard as due to its high acidity lemons can erode the enamel on your teeth and ultimately lead to tooth pain.
Meal Prepping for a Flatter Stomach
When looking to lose weight and keep it off, you are going to want to meal prep your meals for the day.
Many people dislike meal prepping because of how much time it takes. The truth is you are saving time spent in the kitchen by bulk cooking and preparing meals for the week.
Arranging meals to eat for the day can prevent you getting tempted to buy food because when you’re hungry and out of the house. Be sure to eat a large variety of vegetables for the best possible health returns.
Do you struggle with weight loss and what are your favorite foods to eat to reduce belly fat?
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