Try a few tiny changes to flatten your belly before you go crazy with drastic workouts. These eight healthy secrets are easy peasy. They don’t demand exercise, and they won’t make you stick to a watermelon-only diet. Check out these eight ways to slim your waist. The bonus is they’ll boost your health at the same time you are getting rid of belly bloat.
Stand up straight.
Here’s a secret: You can tone your stomach effortlessly simply by standing tall and sitting up straight. Good posture is a painless way to make your figure look better and engage your core muscles at the same time. Stop slouching!
Have a cup of joe.
No surprise that coffee offers a lot of benefits, including a mild diuretic effect that helps move things along in your gut. Regular bowel movements are rewarded with a flatter belly. Your morning cup of caffeinated joe also rids your body of excess water and belly bloat.
Listen when your body says go.
While we’re on the subject of bathrooms, let’s talk about listening to your body’s signals. Ignore the urge to eliminate a bowel movement and you invite constipation. Constipation induces belly bloat, and we don’t want that, do we? Gynecologists recommend that you give yourself enough time in the bathroom so that you don’t feel rushed. Bowel movements are important to your health and a flat belly.
Boost your plumbing.
Help your digestive system break down food by eating a diet rich in probiotic bacteria. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria found in yogurt, kimchi, miso, sauerkraut or buttermilk. Try a serving every day. They’ll give you a flatter stomach by preventing gastrointestinal issues.
At least 10 times for every bite of food before you swallow. You’ll relieve your digestive system from working overtime to break down that bite. Your stomach and intestines will have to do the job if your teeth don’t, and that can give you major indigestion, gas and bloat. Hint: slow down when you eat.
Drink more water.
Want to tell your body to hoard water and add up to four unwanted pounds around your midsection? Forget to drink enough fluids, and you’ll see a thicker waistline. Avoid dehydration by reminding yourself to imbibe at least eight cups of water or other fluids every day.
Eat more water.
You read that right. Eating as well as drinking your daily allotment of H2O will edge you toward your 8-cup-a-day goal. High water foods like fruits and veggies in soup or salad will also curb hunger.
Go nuts for Nuts
Munching on nuts can shrink your waist size, according to research. Nuts will fill you up faster than other snacks because they are high in monounsaturated fats. Don’t forget to leave off the salt. The salted version will contribute to belly bloat.