Whether you’re slimming down in preparation for party season or you want to be rid of your belly bulge for good, counting calories and exercising alone don’t always provide the results you want.
Here’s some extra tips to help get the flat stomach you desire.
Water is essential for keeping us hydrated and beating the bloat.
Drinking 2-3 litres a day will keep your digestive system moving and prevent you feeling sluggish and bloated.
Steer clear of fizzy, caffeinated and sugary drinks which cause dehydration and opt for foods containing water such as cucumber, grapefruit, melon and celery.
When we are sat down all day our posture can become slouched which enhances the appearance of a pot belly.
Concentrate on sitting up straight and making sure your back is supported.
When standing or walking hold your head high, keep arms back and pull in your abs.
Try exercises such as sit-ups, planks and crunches which will strengthen core muscles and encourage a better posture.
As crazy as it sounds eating more fat reduces stomach fat.
Healthy monounsaturated fats such as those found in avocados, oily fish, nuts and olive oil target belly fat and promote weight loss as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering cholesterol.
Healthy fats are also more filling so will keep you full for longer and make you less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks.
Chewing gum, eating too fast and foods high in salt and sugar can all cause bloating.
Pay attention to portion sizes and be mindful when you eat.
Chew food properly and take your time, also limit how much you drink with meals as too much liquid can interfere with digestion.
Foods high in sodium cause water retention and leave you dehydrated so are best avoided.
Have more of these
Fruit, vegetables and whole grains are high in fibre and keep you fuller for longer. Aim to eat a variety of different colours.
Greek yoghurt is rich in protein and contains friendly bacteria to promote healthy digestion, similarly to the enzymes found in pineapple, kiwi and grapefruit.
Increase your intake of healthy fats and remember everything in moderation. Balance is the key.