A flat stomach is something that most people aspire to. With the climbing obesity rate and lack of physical exercise by large amounts of the population having a flat stomach is not the norm. Achieving a flat stomach requires dedication and determination. Some people may look fit from the chest up or waist down but getting that lean toned midsection requires a good amount of effort for most people.
Of course exercise is going to play a major factor in achieving that sleek sexy stomach but diet plays a crucial role. You can be doing pretty much everything right exercise wise, but if your diet isn’t up to par you can kiss that gorgeous stomach goodbye.
There are certain foods that we should add to our diet and others that you should avoid if trying to whittle down your waist. Below are some of the foods that can assist you in getting that flat tummy:
Eggs are amazing. For such a small amount of calories you get so much. One egg is only about 70 calories but contains 6 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbs, and 30% of your vitamin B12 for the day. Eggs fill you up and are great because they can be eaten any time of day and are already portioned out for you.
Anytime you are trying to lose weight fiber is going to be your friend. Fiber fills us up and helps keep our digestion running smoothly. Berries are loaded with antioxidants and minerals and all of them contain fiber, although raspberries contain the most.
Most people know that green tea is good for you and yet still not very many drink it. Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG which is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Green tea has the ability to help lower cholesterol, kill cancer cells, helps prevent blood clots, cardiovascular disease and also helps with rheumatoid arthritis. Aside from all that ass kicking stuff green tea also helps boost your metabolism! If you really hate the taste of green tea you can try the capsule form but it can get pricey for what you get. With all the flavours of green tea out there I’m sure you can find one that will do the trick. Just make sure it contains pure green tea, not oolong. Oolong tea is processed differently and this causes their leaves to lose much of their EGCG whereas green tea leaves are steamed to lock in those antioxidants.
I already wrote about fish oil in my other blog post on supplements but thought it was worth mentioning again. Fish oil should be taken by everyone, everyday, period. It can help boost your metabolism and just keeps your body running better. Read my other post to find out more great things about fish oil.
Oatmeal is very high in soluble fiber which will help keep you full longer and it can also help lower cholesterol. Oatmeal with some berries and protein powder is amazingly healthy way to start your day.
Adequate protein consumption is really important if you’re trying to lose weight. Protein helps rebuild muscle and also keeps us full longer as it takes our body longer to break it down. Lean meat like turkey, chicken and fish like salmon will help keep your energy levels up and keep you on track.
Dark Green Veggies
Veggies that are dark green in colour tend to have more fiber than others and will help keep you full for a very small amount of calories. If you’re not a huge veggie eater try grating or finely chopping them up and mixing them into your recipe. I personally take frozen spinach and blend it in my morning smoothie. I never taste it and it’s an easy way to up my veggies for the day.
I know that this really isn’t a food or supplement but people really don’t understand how important water is. Our bodies are made up of the stuff so it’s important that we replenish often. Also if you don’t drink enough water on a daily basis then your body is constantly in protection mode. Basically when you don’t give your body adequate water it holds onto every last drop it gets from other sources and this in turn can make you bloated. Drinking lots of water everyday will let your body back off from this mode because it knows that more water is coming soon and won’t fight so hard to hold onto what little amount is going in all the time. Now don’t chug a ton of water all at once at then end of the night because you forgot during the day because that can actually be dangerous, but rather have smaller amounts throughout the day.
How can you tell if you’re drinking enough? I know it may sound weird but you need to look at your pee. Your pee should be very pale yellow or almost clear. If it’s darker that means your body doesn’t have enough water and the darker colour is actually nutrients and minerals that your body can’t digest because you’re not fueling it properly. All your good eating is going to waste so drink up!
Basically if you want a flatter stomach you need to up your fiber, get some healthy fats in you, get lots of lean protein and drink water/green tea. Obviously there are other things involved but this is a good starting point.
Next post I’ll go over my lean eating plan and explain why I eat what I do and when. Timing with certain foods is very important when going after a flat stomach.