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8 Foods That Flatten Your Stomach

8 Foods That Flatten Your Stomach

 
Many people already realize that carbonated beverages and salty foods lead to water retention and stomach bloating. Some may believe that they are doing all they can do to get a flat stomach by reducing fried foods and excess carbohydrates. However, when it comes to a flat stomach, adding the right foods into the diet can make a big difference in getting the results you desire.

Nuts

Rich in fiber and Vitamin E, nuts are a delicious and filling way to flatten your stomach. Their omega-3 content also makes them a heart healthy snack. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and flaxseeds are all good choices.

Dark Chocolate

The health benefits of dark chocolate and cacao in general are no longer a secret. Compounds found in dark chocolate help protect the body against disease and premature aging. The Belly Fat website lists dark chocolate as a useful food in reducing belly fat due to the concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) which it contains. The higher the cacao concentration the chocolate has, the more antioxidants it contains.
 

Vegetables

Healthy amounts of fiber and nutrients can be attained by eating a variety of vegetables, which help to clean out the colon and flatten the stomach. Avocados are one of the best vegetables for a flat stomach. Other vegetables rich in fiber include tomatoes and artichokes.
 

Berries

Tart cherries are an excellent snack for flattening the stomach. Berries and grapes are as well. This is due to crucial ingredients which these dark fruits contain, known as anthocyanins. In addition to being rich in skin and heart healthy antioxidants, anthocyanins are also useful in burning abdominal fat, according to University of Michigan researcher Mitch Seymour, Ph.D. Their high fiber content further adds to their usefulness.

Dairy

According to the Parenting website, dairy foods such as milk, yogurt and cheese are useful in flattening the stomach. They all contain whey, a protein that supports lean body mass. Probiotics, found naturally in yogurt, add “good bacteria” to intestinal flora, which aids in digestion and reduces bloating.

Whole Grains

According to Andrew Weil, M.D., of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, choosing whole grains is a great way to reduce belly fat as they work by reducing inflammation in the body and while helping to stabilize blood sugar. Packed full of fiber, whole grains contain magnesium and chromium. The combination of these two nutrients is believed to combat cortisol, a naturally forming chemical that is known to cause weight gain around the middle of the body. Whole grain breads and cereals, barley and quinoa are great choices.

Green Tea

Green tea is a great beverage choice for getting a flat stomach. Compounds found naturally in green tea, known as catechins, increase the release of fat from cells in the abdomen, according to the Parenting website. In addition, green tea speeds up the burning of fat by the liver after meals, while also boosting expended energy.

Potassium-Rich Foods

Eat your bananas. According to Ashley Koff, R.D., of Los Angeles, Calif., potassium brings water back into the cells, while sodium pushes water out and causes abdominal bloating. Orange juice, baked potatoes (with the skin) and spinach are all recommended by the Parenting website for a flatter belly.

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