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5 Quick Diet Tricks for a Flat Tummy

A flat tummy can be the centrepiece of your outfit.  No matter if it’s a tight dress, bikini, or super sexy midriff outfit, you no doubt want to make sure that tummy is tight and taunt.  Of course the right diet and exercise program are the first steps to trimming the fat and toning up. If you have already got these covered off and are looking for a few diet tricks to look your best and reduce bloating fast, consider using these five quick diet tricks for a flat tummy fast!

5 Quick Tricks for a Flat Tummy Fast!

  1. Avoid Bloating Broccoli

Certain foods cause more bloating than others, even though they are extremely good for us.  If you have a tight dress to fit into for a holiday party, avoid eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale or cauliflower.  These gassy greens pack a whole lot of fibre, along with the indigestible sugar called raffinose.

In the gut, methane-producing bacteria feed on raffinose and release gas, causing stomach bloat.   Cooking these veggies longer won’t help reduce the bloat either, but taking a supplement that can breakdown the raffinose enzyme before it can exert its action can reduce gas and bloating.  Instead of swearing off green vegetables for good, switch them up to natural diuretic greens like asparagus!

  1. Drink Plenty of Lemon Water

Drinking plenty of water can help reduce water retention in the body.  When you are not hydrated, the body tends to hold onto more water due to specific hormones that prevent it from being released. Increasing water intake down regulates these hormones –  anti-diuretic hormone and aldosterone, when these hormones are low your body will flush out more water.  Suppressing these hormone means you need to up your water intake for a few days prior to your event to change the fluid balance in your body before these hormones will shut off.

If you are accustom to drinking 3 to 4 L per day, trying doubling that a few days before your big event, then cut off your water within 24 hours prior but continue to sip on about 500 mL to 1 L during the day, you will find that your water will expel quickly and your body will tighten up fast!  If you have a hard time drinking all that water, add a dash of lemon – another natural diuretic that can help flush you out!

Hydration

  1. Eliminate Salty Foods

Salt changes the water balance in the body, increasing blood volume and disrupting fluid balance, not to mention it can also make you dehydrated further resulting in greater water retention.  Reduce your bloat by decreasing your intake of salty foods.  Avoid processed fast foods, canned foods, salted nuts and cured meats altogether, and skip out on the added salt on your meals.  Drink plenty of water to help flush out the salt and the extra water.

  1. Stop with the Sweeteners

Sweeteners are made from non-digestible sugar alcohols, and although they have extremely low caloric values, when eaten in large quantities they can result in bloating and gas.  Sugar alcohols are not completely absorbed or digested, which can cause fermentation to occur in the intestines leading to gastrointestinal distress!  Avoid excessive consumption by reducing your intake of sugar-free gum, beverages and other sugar-free products to about 2 to 3 servings per day.

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  1. Avoid Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated drinks are fizzing because of the bubbles of gas they contain.  Drinking too much can result in the trapping of gas in the belly.  Not to mention if you are drinking plenty of diet soda, you are also getting a hefty dose of sweetener to further exacerbate the bloat.  Replace soda with water, or even iced non-sweetened tea with lemon or even coffee.  Green tea and coffee both deliver caffeine – a natural diuretic, along with other active components to help boost metabolism.

Until Next Time,

Be Fierce & Rule the World,

Lauren Jacobsen

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