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10 things to eat for a flat tummy

28/03/2017 Tiffany Cattouf

Spring is right around the corner and we all want to debloat after hiding our winter weight under our comfy winter knits. For a flat and bloat-free tummy, stock up today on this list of foods that are known to reduce bloating and speed up your metabolism.

  1. Lemon

    If you don’t already start your day with a glass of water with lemon juice; now’s the time to start! Lemon is great for your digestion and will help kick-start your metabolism first thing in the morning.

  2. Green tea

    Green tea is a powerful metabolism booster and sipping it frequently can help accelerate weight loss. What’s more, its antioxidants are said to prevent the absorption of fat!

  3. Cinnamon

    Cinnamon helps prevent bloating (and gas) and is packed with antioxidants. Sprinkle it in your tea, your yogurt or your oatmeal instead of using sugar and you’ll see the results in no time.

  4. Ginger

    Ginger has been used for centuries by many cultures as a natural remedy for bloating and indigestion. A few easy ways to include ginger in your diet is to either grate a ginger root on to your stir-frys, or to boil a few slices in hot water and sip away with a slice of lemon.

  5. Cucumber

    Thanks to their high water content and a special antioxidant which reduces swelling, cucumbers also help prevent bloating. This crunchy vegetable is great in a salad or on its own, and can replace chips and pita when you’re having guacamole or hummus.

  6. Bananas

    This is the perfect afternoon snack to hold you over until dinner. Bananas keep you full for longer and their starchiness pushes your body into fat-burning mode, which gives your metabolism a boost. They also may prevent water retention which helps beat the bloat.

  7. Peppermint tea

    Feeling stuffed after a big meal? Help your stomach recover faster by enjoying a steaming cup of peppermint herbal tea. Peppermint eases digestion and helps your body dissolve gas, which can make your stomach flatter.

  8. Berries

    According to research, the chemicals that are responsible for giving berries their colour (anthocyanins) also burn abdominal fat. As if we needed another reason to gorge on those delicious red, blue and purple delights!

  9. Fennel

    Fennel is known to improve digestion and reduce signs of bloating. Eat it raw in a salad or cooked. What’s more, you can chew on a teaspoon of fennel seeds or boil them and have fennel tea to depuff your tummy.

  10. Almonds

    Research shows their composition may help reduce the absorption of all of their fat, making them an extra-lean nut that is great for snack-time. For the best results, pick raw almonds instead of the roasted and salted variety, and soak them in water overnight before eating them. It will allow faster absorption of their nutrients and make them easier to digest.