Stepping into your jeans and finding that they're snug can be surprising and frustrating at the same time.
We want to feel comfortable in clothing and look good at the same time, so hopefully these tips can help naturally flatten your belly and combat those issues.
To help flatten your belly an important tip to remember is to snack regularly throughout the day. Ideally every 3-4 hours because it helps keep your metabolism burning. Good snacks to keep in mind are apples, assorted berries, low-fat cheese, celery with peanut butter or hummus, avocados, eggs, almonds, and bananas.
Another tip that will help tone and flatten your belly at the same time is to maintain holding in your stomach or 'sucking it in'. This keeps your abdominal muscles flexed and engaged. Practicing this daily will help it become habitual, so you will naturally do it without thinking. Laughing is also a great and easy way to naturally strengthen your abdominal area!
It is important to remember to chew your food thoroughly, until it is like applesauce consistency. Digestion begins in the mouth, so decreasing its workload is less strain on your stomach and digestion.
Eating proportion controlled meals with whole grains keeps your body full longer instead of seeming full for a short time. Unfortunately a lot of the snacks we eat; like chips, candy, and soda are filled with unhealthy ingredients that leave you hungry shortly after snacking because you haven't provided your body with the proper intake of food. Quality over quantity is always a very important factor for minimizing belly fat.
Fiber is key and is naturally found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Drink at least eight 8 fl. Oz. of water every day to enhance the functions of fiber. A trick to help your body feel fuller is to drink a whole glass of water about 10-15 minutes prior to eating, because drinking fluid after your meal will only dwindle your metabolic rate. Also keep in mind when planning your meals that spicy food naturally burns about 20 minutes longer compared to regular food. So try to keep these simple tricks in mind and find your body fitting into fashion better-- slowly but surely.
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