Wouldn’t we all love to have a flat stomach? Especially now that it’s bikini time. Luckily for us there are foods out there that actually help to flatten the belly. An article from Self.com by Liz Plosser tells us how these superfoods’ trimming powers will help you uncover a toned, summer-ready tummy.
Avocados. Superpower: fights fat. Dieters who consumed monounsaturated fats lost more stomach bulge than those eating the same number of calories but less of the fats, a study in the journal Diabetes Care finds.
How it works: Blood sugar peaks can signal your body to store fat around your midsection, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes, thwarting fat accumulation.
Green tea. Superpower: revs metabolism. Drinking three cups of green tea a day may kick up your metabolism and erase 30 calories daily, a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows.
How it works: The compound ECGC in green tea makes it easier for your body to fry fat. The extra burn can help you shed about 3 pounds a year, simply from sipping.
Yogurt. Superpower: flattens fast. After you achieve the bikini-worthy abs of your dreams, a bit of bloat can still have you reaching for a cover-up. Treat puffiness with probiotic-rich yogurt.
How it works: One creamy cup encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut—which crowds out other bugs that can cause bloating.
Blueberries. Superpower: fuel fitness.Fat-blasting cardio is an essential ingredient for sexy, sculpted abs—and antioxidants in berries enable you to step up crucial conditioning.
How they work:“Antioxidants help improve blood flow—which delivers more oxygen to your muscles,” says Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Giving your muscles the oxygen they need makes exercise feel easier, so you may work out harder, longer and more often.”
Bulgur. Superpower: shrinks fat cells. Dieters who dined on whole grains lost more tummy fat than calorie cutters who ate refined grains, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes.
How it works: Fiber aids in keeping your body’s insulin levels low—which researchers speculate may shrink fat cells, suggests a study from the University of Kuopio in Finland.
Chocolate milk. Superpower: builds muscle. Athletes who drank chocolate milk had lower levels of muscle damage after four days of intense exercising than those who guzzled a sports drink, early findings presented at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Seattle report.
How it works:A glass of the sweet stuff teams carbs with protein to promote muscle building.
The path to a sleek, sexy stomachbegins with your fork. Include these six bona fide belly flatteners in your eating routine.