If your belly is zapping your body confidence, don’t despair. There’s a good chance you don’t even need to lose belly fat you might just be bloated! This is especially true if you’re a woman over the age of 40, since one of the worst culprits for belly bloat is a slow digestive system a problem that worsens as we age.
The good news is that beating bloat, easing digestion, and bringing back your flat belly can be achieved with a few simple food swaps and lifestyle tweaks. Incorporate the following flat belly foods and menu swaps into your routine, and your clothes should fit more comfortably within just a few days.
The antioxidants in a single cup help prevent the absorption of fat, but that’s not all. Drinking it regularly can help speed up your metabolism and accelerate weight loss.
Squeezing a teaspoon of lemon juice into a glass of water especially if it’s warm can help jump-start your gastrointestinal tract so that food has an easier time moving through your system. Bye-bye, bloat.
Yep, potatoes are another potassium-rich, good-for-you food as long as you don’t pile on the butter and sour cream. Consumed in moderation (and with the skin on), they’ll aid digestion and help beat belly bloat.
A bowl of Shredded Wheat or All-Bran is all you need to ward off constipation, a major cause of a protruding stomach.
This anti-inflammatory ingredient will flatten your belly and protect against high cholesterol. But heads up: It’s more effective if you use it for things like salad dressing or sautéing vegetables versus bread dipping.
Yogurt with Probiotics
Plain yogurt is not only packed with protein but its healthy bacteria aids in digestion and helps fight off stress. (A biology refresher: When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol. Cortisol causes fat to go straight to your midsection. Not good.)
This hydrating veggie is a natural diuretic, which makes it great for removing water weight, a factor in belly bloat.
The ultimate white flour alternative, this gluten-free food is actually a high-fiber seed, which aids digestion. Huzzah!
Good news: In moderation, it’s a natural appetite suppressant that can also stimulate your metabolism and reduces stress. (Remember the cortisol?)
Studies have linked the antioxidants in this tasty fruit to a major reduction in belly fat.
Same deal as cucumbers. This vegetable works as a diuretic, clearing your belly of excess water weight, stat.
All hail omega-3s. The fatty acid found in this fish is packed with bloat-beating benefits, including speeding up your metabolism and reducing inflammation. It’s one of the most versatile ingredients out there.
A healthy diet is all about the leafy greens, but spinach in particular has so many antioxidants—like vitamins A, C, E and K,all of which target belly fat.
The good-for-you fats in this fruit help reduce inflammation and prevent the blood sugar spikes that cause your body to store calories at your waistline.