Top 5 flat-belly foods

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Flax seeds



Flax seeds (often referred to as linseeds) are nutritious seeds packed with
mono unsaturated fats (MUFAs) - which are actually a lot more diet-friendly than they sound.​

Monounsaturated fats, unlike saturated fats (the "bad" fats found in junk food), not only lower​
cholesterol levels but they can also help to reduce body fat.​
Liz Vaccariello, author of The Flat Belly Diet,​
advocates these healthy fats for those wanting to specifically target belly fat.​
Not only will these super seeds tackle love handles, but they are great for those suffering from bloating.​
Flax seeds provide high levels of fiber and can help to keep the digestive system running smoothly,​
helping to banish bloating, constipation and other digestive problems.​
Try adding a tablespoon of freshly ground flax seeds to your morning cereal,​
lunchtime salad, or homemade smoothie to start enjoying their belly-flattening benefits.​

Berries


Blackberries, blueberries, acai berries... what do these fruits have in common?​
They could all help you to squeeze back into your skinny jeans.​
Studies have suggested that those wanting to lose their belly fat should opt for fruit​
that is blue or red in colour (such as cherries, red grapes and many types of berries).​
In fact, it is the chemicals that are responsible for giving these fruits their colour (anthocyanins) that,​
according to recent research, also burn abdominal fat.​

Yoghurt

Not only is yogurt low in fat and calories, so good as a weight loss food, but many yogurts​
also contain active cultures (probiotics) which promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut​
and help with digestion, excess gas and bloating.​
Yoghurt is luckily easy to fit into any diet plan as part of a meal or a snack between meals.​
You could also try combining natural yogurt, berries and flax seeds in a morning smoothie or​
bowl of cereal, getting you off to a great tummy-trimming start before you even leave the house.​

Whole grains

Whole grains are great for weight management and shedding those excess pounds.​
Not only are they a low-fat source of slow-release energy but, due to their high levels of fiber,​
they will help to regulate the digestive system and also keep you feeling fuller for longer.​
Eating whole grains also helps to lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and insulin in the body,​
both of which encourage fat to be stored around the belly.​
Many people, however, instinctively opt for wheat as their primary source of whole grains,​
which is often not the best choice. Not only is wheat difficult to digest -​
which can cause bloating in some - but it is better to eat grains in their natural form​
rather than as a processed flour.​
Good alternatives to try are brown rice, oats, buckwheat and spelt. Quinoa - although​
technically a seed - is also a nutritious alternative that can be used in the place of grains​
such as pasta and couscous.​

Water


While it's not technically a food, a lack of water in your diet could be the one thing still standing
in your way of a flat stomach. Bloating is something that affects many women and the problem is​
often worsened - or even instigated - by a lack of fluids in the system.​
Drinking water will help to flush toxins out of the system, curb hunger, improve the digestive system​
and reduce fluid retention, all of which will leave your stomach looking flatter.​
If you are aiming for a flat belly, it is important to drink a minimum of eight glasses of liquids a day.​
Although this does not have to be water, it is best to go for liquids that are still (fizzy drinks can cause bloating)​
and low in calories.​
If you don't fancy plain water, a good alternative is green tea - which is also rumoured to have fat burning benefits -​
or fennel, dandelion or peppermint teas, all of which can combat bloating.​


 

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