Stomach bloat can be uncomfortable, unattractive and a sign of health issues. So, whether you want to get healthier overall, or you need to wear a form-fitting dress at an upcoming event and want to show off a flat belly, there are certain foods you can eat that will flatten your stomach, immediately and in the future.
These seeds work as a digestive aid because they relax the gastrointestinal muscles, which helps trapped gas pass and alleviates bloating. Chew on a half-teaspoon of seeds after meals or when the stomach feels bloated, or use a teaspoon to make tea by steeping the seeds in hot water for 5 minutes and then straining them out.
The omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D in salmon make this a top food for achieving a flat belly. The vitamin D is especially important because low levels of this vitamin have been linked to obesity, and particularly, abdominal obesity. Meaning, getting enough vitamin D is essential for achieving a flat belly. Try to have salmon at least a few times per week.
Eggs, like salmon, also have vitamin D, so they help reduce abdominal obesity. Plus, another nutrient in eggs called choline may help burn belly fat, as well as other nutrients in eggs such as vitamin B12 and protein. Make sure to eat the whole egg including the yolk as it contains many of the nutrients. An egg a day is enough, and shouldn’t raise your cholesterol. Eggs are a great breakfast food, but are very versatile and can be included at any meal as a lean source of protein. Try them hard-boiled and tossed in a salad.
Another vitamin D winner, mushrooms are another food with high levels of this vitamin and therefore, can help reduce belly fat. Eat them raw in a salad, or add them to your favorite sauce or stir-fry.
This vegetable is an excellent source of prebiotics, which support the growth of good bacteria that prevents and reduces gas in the body. In addition to this function, asparagus also contains both insoluble and soluble fiber, which reduce inflammation and gastrointestinal irritation, therefore reducing belly bloat. Have asparagus several times a week as a side dish or tossed in a salad.
The potassium in bananas actually helps de-bloat your belly by acting as a natural diuretic, releasing excess sodium and water from the body. Try to have a banana every day, or at least a few times a week, to keep your water retention low and belly flat.
This food contains calcium, a mineral that actually slows the production of cortisol, which promotes belly fat. If you find that you have gastrointestinal issues when you eat yogurt, try Greek yogurt as it contains less lactose than regular yogurt while still providing almost the same amount of calcium. The active cultures in yogurt also aid in digestion and prevent gas and bloating of the belly. Have yogurt for breakfast with fruit and granola, as a snack, or as a healthy dip for veggies and Mexican food (instead of sour cream).
If you’ve ever seen someone with cucumber slices over their eyes to reduce puffiness, that should tell you that cucumbers can reduce inflammation. They can have this same effect on belly bloat by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes and reducing gastrointestinal swelling. Add sliced cucumbers to your salad or have them as a snack (try dipping them in yogurt for a super flat belly combination).
Tomatoes, like cucumbers, are very high in water content, making them the perfect flat belly food. They also act as a natural diuretic. It’s easy to incorporate tomatoes into salads, sandwiches, sauces and stews.
In addition to the above foods, plain old water is also essential for beating belly bloat because it helps move food through the gastrointestinal system and prevents constipation. For a flat belly, avoid carbonated water and stick to regular flat water.
In general, go for high fiber options, foods that are high in vitamin D and B12, foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, as well as protein, calcium and potassium rich foods. You’ll be seeing a flatter belly in no time.