What foods do I eat to flatten my stomach?
Unfortunately, much like weight training and cardiovascular exercise there is no magic pill or food that will help you to spot reduce fat. Yes, we are able to train certain areas of our body to become stronger and “chiseled” but that doesn’t translate into spot specific fat and weight loss. That being said there are certain foods which will help your body to feel healthier, encourage more regular bowel movements and assist in reducing that feeling of bloating.
What foods should I boost in my diet?
Here are some foods you can boost your diet with to assist in regular bowl movements, optimal absorption of nutrients and an all-around healthier body.
Almonds: like most nuts almonds are high in healthy fats which assist in hormonal production and help to make your hair and skin look great, but almonds are also high in fiber and vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants assist in the removal of free radicals in your body which can cause wrinkles and other oxidative damage within your digestive system. Almonds will help to stabilize blood sugar while providing your bowels with some much-needed fiber in order to have healthy regular bowl movements.
Eggs: probably one of the best portable snacks when hard boiled provide your body with satiating protein to help you stabilize those blood sugar levels while assisting your body in repairing any muscle damage from your daily activity. Also, eating eggs in the morning for breakfast has been scientifically proven to assist individuals in consuming fewer calories throughout the day because of their incredible satiating abilities.
Apples: high in fiber and water apples are an excellent addition to any diet. A large apple provides you with about 5 grams of fiber and are about 85% water, just think of all that hydration!!
Berries: these little powerhouses much like eggs are perfect portable snacks. They provide you with a kick of sweet to curb those sweet cravings, but they are also giving you some of the most powerful punches of antioxidants out there, helping to protect you from disease, improve blood flow and help your muscles to contract more efficiently. So whether you are adding these little guys to your smoothie for breakfast or packing them with your almonds as an afternoon snack they are a great choice to help with weight loss.
Leafy Greens: you didn’t think you would get through a list without green things being listed did you? Leafy greens provide you with many things such as cancer fighting carotenoids, bowel supporting fiber and bone healthy calcium and are super low in actually calories. Although these little guys are low in calories because they are so high in fiber they help to fill you up, while helping to protect your muscles and bones to keep you happy, healthy and strong.
Salmon: seafoods, specifically the fattier fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats assist in the maintenance of healthy skin, reduce inflammation and help to eliminate joint pain. Omega-3 has also been shown to assist overweight individuals in improving their insulin-glucose response which means you finally get to get off of that sugar rollercoaster that has you reaching for that 2:00PM chocolate bar.
Quinoa: most grains in moderation are an excellent addition to a healthy balanced diet helping you to ingest adequate amounts of micronutrients such as calcium, zinc and magnesium, but what sets quinoa ahead of the curve is that not only does it provide you with some great minerals, it also provides you with about 11 grams of protein per serving. Most grains provide your body with some protein but quinoa is by far at the head of the pack.
So in conclusion, although these foods won’t help you to spot reduce that pesky layer of fat that might be sticking around your mid-section these 7 foods will contribute to a healthier lifestyle and will help you to achieve your goal weight/physic. Remembering that eating a diet that is balanced in all three of your macronutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates) is important to a healthy diet and ensuring that you don’t feel deprived.
My name is Brittany, I am a Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher and Certified Personal trainer. My hope is to help inspire, encourage and motivate others to live their happiest and healthiest lives.