So, you want a flat belly. Problem is, the mere thought of dieting—much less sit-ups—is enough to make you want to give up the dream altogether. Well, if you’re lazy girls like us, consider yourself lucky. We found 5 secrets to flatten your tummy with little-to-no effort on your part. And you best believe our findings are backed by science, too! If anything, it’s further proof a sad desk lunch or intensive physical regimen is NOT the only way to take your belly from flabby to fabulous.
Curious? keep on reading!
5 WAYS TO FLATTEN YOUR BELLY—THE LAZY WAY
1. EAT MORE SOLUBLE FIBER.
For many people, fiber is synonymous with visits to the restroom. But fiber is more than just a digestive. Besides the joy of regular bowel movements, a study found people who ate more soluble fiber gained belly fat more slowly. For each additional 10g of soluble fiber people ate, the rate at which they accumulated fat was 3.7% slower over a five-year period. Basically, the main finding was that incorporating more fiber into your diet leads to a healthier body in the long run.
To increase your intake, try ingesting fiber-rich foods like barley, flaxseeds, lentils, and oatmeal.
TRY: Roarganics Pure Barley Grass Powder (180g), P600, Healthy Munch Gold Flax Seeds (100g), P125, Arrowhead Mills Organic Green Lentils (1 lb.), P265, Fitella Oatmeal with Milk, Apple, and Cinnamon (50g), P38
2. TRY INTERMITTENT FASTING.
Intermittent fasting (or IF) is rapidly becoming a popular method for weight loss—and it’s easy to see why. As the name implies, it involves alternating cycles of abstaining from food and eating it. By restricting your “eating window,” it thereby limits the calories you consume with zero effort. One study even shows that IF is just as effective than traditional dieting plans—not to mention, more easy to stick to. And, as it follows, the less body fat you have, the less belly fat you’ll have. Simple enough, right?
3. DRINK APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DAILY.
As if you needed more reason to drink apple cider vinegar, here’s another: some animal studies have suggested apple cider vinegar (or ACV, for short) may reduce body fat accumulation. This is all thanks to its acetic acid content—the main compound behind most of ACV’s health benefits. Admittedly, there’s a lack of human studies in this area. But a study in obese men most notably showed that taking just one tablespoon of ACV for 12 weeks shrank their waistlines by 0.5 inches.
That being said, never drink ACV straight from the spoon. Make sure to mix it in a tall glass of water or drizzle it over salads.
TRY: Salutem Apple Cider Vinegar with the “Mother”, P220, ACV Health Double Strength Apple Cider Vinegar, P190, Bracha Apple Cider Vinegar, P178
4. STRESS LESS.
By now, it’s a well-known fact that stress negatively impacts your cortisol. Too much cortisol (A.K.A., the stress hormone) can lead to not only an increase in appetite, but belly fat storage, too. For most of us, this makes a pretty compelling reason to stress less. But where, oh, where is a busy girl to begin? Practices that encourage mindfulness, like yoga and meditation, are proven to ease psychological stress and quiet your headspace.
5. SUPPLEMENT WITH PROBIOTICS.
It should come as no surprise that our gut health is linked with the appearance of our actual gut. In one study, it showed the composition of our gut bacteria influences weight gain and fat distribution. But taking probiotics may shift the balance towards beneficial gut flora, preventing these. Some strains of probiotics are proven to be particularly effective at staving off belly fat—namely: lactobacillus fermentum, lactobacillus amylovorus, and lactobacillus gasseri.
So, when choosing a probiotic, make sure to pick one that contains at least one of the strains mentioned.
TRY: SOZO Natural Probiotics Acidophilus Complex (60 Capsules), P1,598, Piping Rock Probiotic-10 Complex 3 Billion Organisms (120 Capsules), P1,100
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