The saying, “abs are made in the kitchen,” is an old one, but still very valid. You can exercise all you want, but without the right foods and proper nutrition, you won’t get very far. As nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of “The One One One Diet: The Simple 1:1:1 Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss,” puts it, “Your gut is really where it’s at. The inside will reflect on the outside with regards to keeping bloating at bay and your tummy flat.”
Words of the wise! So make sure you incorporate these five foods in your diet, as they’ll help supplement your ab workouts to get the look you’re going for.
1. Warm Lemon Water
Try drinking warm lemon water first thing when you wake up in the morning. This helps with digestion and detoxifies, which ultimately leads to a flatter stomach.
2. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds, or other sources of clean protein, such as organic pasture-raised eggs and pure almond butter, should be a critical part of your diet. In fact, certified nutritionist and wellness coach Kara Stout, M.Ed., HHC, recommends eating clean protein at every meal.
It’s necessary for many reasons, including helping you to not overeat, keeping you feeling full for longer, preserving lean muscle mass, and encouraging fat burning. You can easily add in clean protein by making a smoothie with both hemp seeds and almond butter.
3. Plain Yogurt
The probiotic bacteria in most yogurts help to keep your digestive system healthy, which translates into a lower incidence of gas, bloating, and constipation, which can keep your tummy looking flat.
Or any other food rich in potassium for that matter, such as bananas or dark, leafy greens. The two main minerals that control the amount of water in your body are sodium and potassium. When they are out of balance and your stress levels are too high, your tissues will hold onto fluids, which leads to bloating. As a bonus, there are so many different ways you could turn your avocados into a healthy snack.
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