Before getting to the list of things you should eat for a flat belly, let’s mention the one you shouldn’t: refined carbs. A diet full of carbs causes you to retain water, which can make you look bloated (eating too much salt has the same effect).
In addition, a large number of people actually have wheat allergies or intolerance that they don’t know about. If your body cannot process wheat properly, you’ll end suffering from excess gas and bloat.
So what should you eat to keep your belly flat? Read on to find out.
Nuts are rich in (healthy) fats, which means many people shun them when trying to lose weight. Big mistake. The fat in nuts actually helps keep your heart healthy, fights obesity, controls muscle growth, and reduces cravings. A small handful of nuts a few times a week can help you fight cravings for carbohydrates and sugars –two of the biggest enemies of flat bellies.
Beans are rich in fiber, which is essential for proper digestion. If you don’t eat enough fiber, chances are you’re having problems staying regular. This can lead to bloating and gas. Beans are also great fat burners and can help build muscle.
How’s this for unexpected? Mushrooms are the only non-animal source of vitamin D. Even more surprising is the fact that low levels of vitamin D can lead to higher levels of abdominal fat. Vitamin D helps the body release –rather than store— fat.
Watermelon, tomatoes, cantaloupes, and pineapples have a water content of at least 85 percent. This means two things: they’ll keep you hydrated and make you feel fuller –both essential things for a flat belly. Fruits with a high water content tend to be lower in calories and sugar than other fruits. This is important if you’re trying to lose weight and get rid of excess body fat. Grapefruit is also a water-rich fruit with an extra benefit: it contains enzymes that can help burn excess fat.