By making a few simple tweaks to our life style, we can be sure to beat the bloat and shed fat from around the middle.
7 Ways To The Perfect Flat Stomach
1. Eat ancient grains
Some find their stomachs balloon after eating a bowl of pasta or bread. You may want to try switching to ancient grains - you can still enjoy your favourite sandwich, but without the bloat.
Try buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa, brown rice, wild rice or gluten free oats. These all come in bread, pasta, flour and noodle form.
2. Get your daily dose of yoghurt
Tame stomach bloating by having a daily dose of yoghurt rich in good bacteria.
Unsweetened natural yoghurt with live cultures are the best.
3. Chew, chew, chew
It may sound simple, but so many of us don’t chew our food properly. Bacteria then feeds off large food particles causing gas and bloating.
Try chewing each mouthful 15 times.
4. Make a fruity appetiser
Pineapple and papaya contain digestive enzymes called bromelain and papain. These may help to pre-digest our food, which minimises fermentation and bloating within the gut.
Try pineapple, payaya and rocket as an appetiser with a lemon and olive oil dressing.
5. Drink peppermint tea
Peppermint is a great digestive aid and is notoriously known for alleviating bloating.
Pick fresh mint from the garden for your daily cup of tea.
The stress hormone cortisol is a primary driver for stomach fat.
To de-stress and relax, try yoga, a hot bath, massage, read a novel, listen to music or go for a walk.
7. Sleep your fat away
A lack of sleep can increase the stress hormone cortisol, signalling for fat to be stored around the middle.
Studies have also shown that we tend to eat 300-400 more calories the next day – which is often made up of of sugary ‘quick fixes’.
Thank you, Lily x
Lily Soutter Bsc (Hons) Nutrition, Dip ION, mBANT, CNHC
Lily is a Nutritionist and weight loss expert providing one-to-one nutrition consultations for health optimisation. She has obtained a Food and Human Nutrition degree from Newcastle University and a Nutritional Therapy diploma from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Lily has an extensive knowledge of the science of food and health, which enables her to regularly write for The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Mirror, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.
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