A balanced diet (without processed food) combined with regular physical activity is the key to losing weight and have a flat stomach. But sometimes even following this rule, it can be difficult to obtain the perfect hourglass figure.
Indeed, in some cases, small bouncing belly is not due to poor diet or hormonal imbalance, but rather a problem of digestion. Certain food, although beneficial to the health, can be difficult to digest and cause bloating and abdominal swelling.
Here’s a list of foods to avoid or eat in moderation to get a flat stomach:
Although some peppers like cayenne, are known to promote weight loss, they are not recommended when you want to have a flat stomach.
Hot spices can irritate the colon and cause troublesome symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating and flatulence.
Milk is also a food to be avoided in order to regain a flat stomach. This food can indeed be difficult to digest because it contains lactose. For this substance to be digested, it requires enzymes called lactases, which are not sufficient in some adults.
Thus, consuming milk may cause troublesome gastrointestinal symptoms including bloating, which does not help to have a flat stomach. Rather prefer yogurt from goat’s milk; it contains bacteria that aid indigestion.
Salt and flat tummy certainly don’t go together well. Indeed, salt promotes water retention in the tissues and inhibits its evacuation. As a result you get swollen body and bloated stomach, which makes you feel that your weight is stagnant, or you have added some. Worse, salt can also cause more serious health problems such as hypertension.
But beware, you should not completely ban salt from the diet, but eat it moderately. Try to add to your dishes herbs and spices, to limit the use of salt without losing flavor.
Also, avoid refined salt or “table salt”, opt for natural sea salt or Himalayan salt, with many benefits.
Also be careful with foods that contain lots of salt as charcuterie.
Carbohydrates are essential to our body because they represent the main source of energy. However, all carbohydrates are not good for the health. Indeed, there are two types of carbohydrates:
- Simple carbohydrates that are digested quickly and increase the level of sugar in the blood, which promotes fat storage.
- Complex carbohydrates that facilitate transit and are digested more slowly by the body, providing a lasting feeling of satiety.
It is recommended to favor complex carbohydrates rather than simple. These can increase the risk of diabetes and promote weight gain, but also cause a swollen belly.
If your goal is to have a flat stomach, you need to swap the products made from refined flour with wholemeal bread and wholemeal pasta.
Fruits are excellent for the health and can even help to lose weight. However, it is advisable to consume them in moderation because they contain fructose. This is a natural sugar that is also found in honey. Fructose is not bad for the health, but if consumed excessively, it can cause digestive problems including bloating.
This is not a call to stop the consumption of fruits, but rather to moderate it. 2 to 3 servings of fruit a day is enough to enjoy their nutrients. It is best to eat them early in the day, or as a snack.
Opt for fresh fruit rather than commercial fruit juices that are richer in fructose.
Finally, it is also important to eliminate sugar and processed foods from your diet, and drink lots of water to get the desired results.