The proverb "Abs are made in the kitchen" has undoubtedly been said to you. Whether or not you want a six-pack, the saying still holds true for having a flat stomach. What you eat and drink can have a big impact on how your stomach appears, according to specialists.
In light of this, here are a few eating habits you should never engage in if you want to achieve or maintain a flat stomach. After that, have a look at The 5 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now from our list of suggested foods.
1. Excessive use of artificial sweeteners.
While it may seem preferable to choose sugar-free sodas, ice creams, yogurts, and treats, the truth is that many of these "diet" foods really include artificial sweeteners that could work against your efforts to lose belly fat.
Bowerman advises limiting your use of sugar alcohols, such as xylitol and sorbitol, in particular. If you want to avoid real sugar, stick to more GI-friendly substitutes like stevia and monk fruit extract (which can also contribute to belly fat).
2. Failure to adequately hydrate.
The truth is that drinking a lot of water aids in faster meal digestion, contrary to popular belief that doing so makes you bloated. Water "helps that fiber pass on through and can help avoid constipation," according to Weinandy.
Additionally, you can lower your calorie consumption and get closer to your objective of a flat tummy by choosing water instead of soda, juice, or other sugary drinks.
Men should drink approximately 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) per day, according to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, while women should consume 11.5 cups (2.7 liters).
3. Excessive carbohydrate intake
To achieve a flat stomach, you don't necessarily need to cut out all carbohydrates from your diet; in fact, as was already said, meals high in fiber can make you feel satisfied and support a healthy digestive system. Weinandy does note that some people might benefit from reducing their carb intake. Instead of removing them entirely from your diet, for instance, consider simply consuming them for breakfast and lunch, paying attention to portions, and prioritizing vegetables, fruits, and lean protein.
Leaving out breakfast.
Many people skip breakfast because they don't have time or because they aren't hungry, but Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, host of the Sound Bites podcast, advises that you should start your day with a nutrient-dense, filling meal that includes a variety of whole grains, fruits or vegetables, and lean protein.
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