1. Go Green.
Green tea has an antioxidant in it called EGCG, which may help boost your metabolism and help your body to utilize fat. For best results drink 2-3 cups of green tea a day. You can make it iced by adding ices cubes and leaving it in the fridge for few hours.
2. Eat more Fiber.
Every 10 grams of fiber you eat daily, your belly will carry less 4% fat. There are more enjoyable ways to increase fiber. Take two apples, 1/2 cup of pinto beans, one artichoke or two cups of broccoli will all give you 10 grams of belly flattening fiber.
3. Consume protein with every meal.
Fish, chicken, turkey, sea food, beef, lentils, beans, tempeh are all great sources of protein. Protein keeps your blood level sugar stable throughout the day, therefore yield to increased energy levels and reduce cravings. You'll be less likely to reachfor sugary snacks.
4. Get rid of gluten.
Gluten is an inflammatory food and it damages the gluten wall. Even if you don't have stomach complaints, you should eliminate or minimise consumption. Gluten can cause bloating, water retention, digestive upset and even excess body fat if your body can't break it down properly.
5. Avoid consuming to much salt.
If you eat many foods in high salt, this could be a reason your stomach is bloated and looking all puffy. Salt is often hidden in foods to help make them it taste better, even if the food doesn't actually taste salty. Try to reduce your salt intake (including soy sauce) and instead flavour your food with other herbs and spices.
6. Stay away from packaged or processed foods.
Remove the processed crappy carbohydrate, refined sugar, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, packaged foods. Instead start eating whole foods with more lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
7. Limit sugar intake.
Most people would surprised to know how much hidden sugar they are consuming on a daily basis. Even if you try your hardest to stay away from such things like chocolate bars and cookies, sugar is hidden in healthy foods too. Things such as yoghurt, sauces, protein foods, health bars and dressing may contain a large amount of sugar that contributes to empty calories. As insulin increases fat storage, consuming large amount of sugar may make it harder to lose belly flat. The best thing to do is to read all labels of the food you comsume carefully. And if you have an event coming up that you want to look your best for, stick to natural, wholesome foods.
8. Stop eating 2 hours before bedtime.
Your body needs time to digest the food before you go into hibernation. When you sleep your metabolism slows down and the food sitting in your stomach won't get digested properly and you won't have a restful sleep either. Your liver, which is the organ for assisting metabolism of carbs, does most of its work between on 1am and 3am. It can do a much better job of eliminating toxins and acting as a traffic controller if your stomach is not full.
9. Sleep early.
Sleeping early has a number of benefits. Early sleepers are less likely to overeat. Eating and exercising right will give you a flat belly only if you're getting enough sleep. Getting less sleep can jack up the levels of the stress hormone 'cortisol', which increases fat storage around ones midriff. It has also been linked to increasing the levels of deep abdominal fat.
10. Perform cardio daily.
Perform any type of cardio daily can help keep your metabolism going and fat burning. This can be as simple as waking up earlier and going for a 30 minutes walk or incorporating HIIT ( High Intensity Internal Training) your exercise routine. Whatever it is, make sure to get your heart rate pumping at least once a day to help burn fat and get lean.
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