Strategies for an Instantly Flat Belly
Flat Belly Tip #1 – Ban Bloat
A lot of times we feel “big” in the middle not because of fat (thankfully!) but what’s going on in our stomach. Keeping our digestive system happy, especially avoiding bloat, can go a long way in helping us look and feel slimmer.
Here are a few tips to ban bloat:
Use herbs such as basil, dill, ginger, fennel, and mint – all of these herbs have gas-relieving properties Introduce fiber-rich food gradually – fiber is great, but if you are not used to a fiber-rich diet and suddenly eat a lot of fiber-rich food, your GI tract will act up.
Cook beans properly – soak beans for at least 4 hours, and use spices or kombu to improve digestibility.
Notice how your body reacts to vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage. Look for potential food intolerance (e.g. lactose or gluten) – if your body cannot digest and assimilate these properly, they can cause gas.
Yoga poses such as twisting can help relieve gas – these poses stimulate the movement of the smooth muscles of the intestinal walls and help “move things along”.
Flat Belly Tip #2 – Reduce Fluid Retention
You can easily gain 3 – 5 pounds, and a dress size around the waist, if you are experiencing water retention. For most women, hormonal fluctuation is the main cause of fluid retention. Although you may not be able to get rid of all the fluids that mother nature imposes on you, there are a few things you can do to minimize the “impact”:
- Stay hydrated
- Reduce salt intake
- Reduce sugar intake
- Reduce toxic load and detox regularly
- Use herbs with diuretic properties such as dandelion greens, uva ursi, corn silk, alfalfa, stinging nettle, celery seeds and parsley
- Use sauna to help relieve stored water
Flat Belly Tip #3 – Facilitate Elimination
Facilitating elimination can help get rid of “dead weight” that is bogging you down. Here are a few things you can do do help “move things along”:
- Drink fresh juice of carrot and apple to aid colon detox
- Drink a cup of warm water with 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, first thing in the morning – it is very alkalinizing and cleansing
- Ensure adequate intake of dietary fiber – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, flaxseed, wheat bran, psyllium husk
- Exercise regularly – movement helps peristalsis
— Ling Wong, Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Coach, Thoughts For Foods Holistic Health http://www.thoughts4foods.com
Find Your Motivation to Move
1. Find a movement program that you enjoy.
2. Realize that forcing yourself to exercise is not beneficial.
If you have a program that you love, then you will be motivated to follow it. We love doing things that bring us joy and pleasure.
3. Vary your workouts so that you stay excited.
By keeping all your muscles strong, you avoid injuries.
— Ellie Peterson, Meditative Movements http://www.meditativemovements.com