Banish belly bloat with these easy tips. Don’t undermine all the hard work you’ve put in exercising with poor food choices!
Best Food: Plain Greek Yoghurt
The probiotic “good” bacteria in most yoghurts keeps your digestive system healthy. This means less gas, bloating and constipation which can help keep your belly looking flat. Not a fan of dairy? Try drinking a daily dose of kombucha instead. This fermented drink, available in most health food stores, contains beneficial bacteria and probiotics.
Worst Food: Carbonated Soft Drinks
These gassy drinks fill our bodies with air, causing the stomach to look distended and bloated. Instead, opt for water or calorie free beverages rich in antioxidants (which decrease inflammation that may be linked with increased abdominal fat storage) like green tea.
Best Food: Cruciferous Vegetables
This includes broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus and bok chop, which contain Vitamins A, C and K, as well as folate, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium and fibre. They have a low calorie count and their fibre content will help you stay full for longer. The calcium in these vegetables is an essential ingredient for muscle contraction. In other words, they help fuel your workouts.
Worst Food: Refined Carbohydrates
Stay away from processed white flour, white rice and sugars as they get digested very quickly, causing spikes in both insulin and blood sugar levels. This increased level of insulin in the body can promote increased fat storage in the abdominal area. Set aside the white bread and rice and instead opt for whole grains such as 100% whole wheat bread, lentils and brown rice.
Best Food: Almonds
These delicious and versatile nuts contain filling protein and fibre, not to mention Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. They’re also a good source of magnesium – an essential mineral for the body to produce energy, build and maintain muscle tissue, and regulate blood sugar. A stable blood-sugar level helps prevent cravings that lead to overeating and weight gain.
Worst Food: Salty Foods
Ever wonder why you feel extra bloated after eating salty chips or sushi with a lot of soy sauce? Eating foods high in sodium can lead to fluid retention. When we are retaining fluid, the fluid can cause our belly to look puffier and more bloated, masking your flat abs.
Best Food: Salmon
Seafood, especially fatty fish like salmon and tuna are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These uber-healthy fats may help boost fat burning by making your metabolism more efficient.