There’s nothing sexier than a flat tummy. Many assume when we put food into our stomach, it will expand, but some food promotes a flat tummy by aiding digestion.
The trick is to find foods that aid digestion, or are easy to digest, reduce heartburn, make you feel fuller for longer, and are high in fibre and low in saturated fats and sugar.
It’s super important to know the outcome of eating different food, because some just may not agree with you, leaving you feeling bloated, clogged and uncomfortable.
Here are some secrets for a flat tummy:
Lemongrass is an anti-inflammatory, which aids in digestion as well as improving blood circulation. Lemongrass not only adds a beautiful fresh flavor but helps the body deal with excess fat stores. Try adding lemongrass to baked chicken or stir-fries.
The Japanese eat their meals with spicy pickled ginger due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and antioxidant properties. If you aren’t too keen on spicy or pickled ginger try adding some fresh ginger with honey and boiling water for a cleansing cup of tea.
Not only are artichoke’s rich in fiber, immediately aiding the digestion process whilst relieving all bloating, they contain next to zero calories. Not only are artichoke’s good for a flat stomach, they are great for hangovers due to their positive effect on the liver.
Complex carbohydrates are great when you want to shed some weight and tone up. Brown rice is rich in protein, iron, fiber, vitamin B1 and B3. The fiber in particular keeps the bowel healthy and functioning properly and keeps the stomach fuller for longer.
When Kate Moss needs to get into shape quickly, she eats quinoa in her cereal for breakfast because eating grains such as these will boost your metabolism and burn belly fat faster. Quinoa can also be added to salads, muffins, cakes, soups and stir-fries.
Yoghurt is a natural probiotic, which can relieve bloating and discomfort in the stomach. According to Michael Zemel, professor and nutritionist from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2013), fat around your waist produces a hormone, which signals the body to produce more flat in that area. When you eat yoghurt, the calcium signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, therefore making it easier to loose weight.
Papaya contains a naturally-occurring enzyme called papain, which aids the digestion of protein. Papaya helps the break down food faster, easing bloating and flattening your belly. Try papaya cut up with greek yoghurt and sprinkled with passion fruit.
BB Intern – Lauren Walker
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