How to Get a Flatter Stomach in a Week

Overview Of: How to Get a Flatter Stomach in a Week


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You’ve got a big event, a bloated stomach, and just one week to get that belly as flat as you can. Getting a flat stomach in just a week is an ambitious goal, but if you stick to a strict plan, you can make a difference to your shape. At the week’s end, you can use some style and posture tricks to help your stomach appear flatter for the big day, too.

 

1. Make water number one.

You always need to drink water, but it can be especially important if you’re trying to flatten your stomach. When you drink water, you help your body maintain proper fluid balance, stop water retention (a major cause of bloated bellies) and feel full so you’re inclined to eat less overall. Water also breaks down fat for energy and moves nutrients to your muscles to maintain your metabolism.

Add lemon, orange or cucumber slices to your water to give it a little flavor boost; you can also try herbs and flowers such as mint or lemon verbena.

 

 

2. Turn to green tea.

Among its many benefits, green tea can also lay claim to helping reduce belly fat thanks to antioxidants called catechins that it contains. For extra fat-burning power, sip green tea before a workout.

 

 

3.Blend up a smoothie.

Smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated and can contribute to a flatter stomach. When you make a smoothie with watermelon, you have the advantage of an amino acid known as arginine that’s found in watermelon. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that arginine can decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass. A smoothie made with pineapple gives you the benefit of bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple that helps break down protein, ease digestion and banish bloat.

  • Watermelon smoothie. Chop up two cups of watermelon and put it into a blender. Add 1/4 cup of fat-free milk and blend for about 15 seconds or until smooth. Add 2 cups of ice and blend for 20 seconds or until you get the consistency you like. This recipe serves two.

Pineapple smoothie. Measure 1 cup of skim milk and put it in a blender along with 4 ounces of fresh or canned pineapple chunks. Set the blender to “whip” and blend for 1 minute. Pour into a glass and add 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil. Makes one serving.

 

 

4. Go with cardio.

Nothing beats aerobic exercise in the battle against belly fat. A study by Duke University found that aerobic exercise was the most effective way to burn deep, visceral belly fat and that aerobic workouts burn 67% more calories than resistance training or a regimen that combines cardio and resistance.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (think brisk walking or swimming) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as running) spread throughout the week. Activity sessions can broken up throughout the day but should be at least 10 minutes long. If you’re looking to lose weight, you’ll have to increase the intensity, the duration or both.

 

 

5. Choose belly-flattening fashions.

There are a lot of ways to put your wardrobe to work for you in the battle against the belly. By choosing the right fabrics and styles, you can create the illusion of a smaller tummy.

  • Pick fabrics that skim the body. These include woven cotton, silk or rayon blends and lightweight wool blends. Stay away from fabrics that cling such as Lycra and lightweight knits; they tend to emphasize every bulge.
  • Divert the eye. Look for garments with features that draw the eye away from your mid-section. For example, tops with detailing around the neckline or a ruffle down the center give the eye something else to focus on rather than your stomach. Wrap tops and dresses are also good choices as long as they’re not made from the kind of clingy fabric you’re looking to avoid.
  • Add a belt. Use a wide belt in a dark color to cinch your waist, separating the hips and bust and creating a waistline.
  • Play around with patterns. Geometric and floral patterns can be a good way to disguise a bit of a belly, but you’ll have to experiment at bit with the size of the pattern; make sure it’s scaled to your body size.
  • Put color to work for you. Yes, black is the most slimming color, but it’s not your only choice. Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch recommends purple, navy, burgundy, eggplant, charcoal gray and deep emerald for a slim look. You might also want to go monochromatic and dress head-to-toe in just one color–another way to look long and lean.

 

 

6. Use shapewear.

Shapewear can give you the more fashionable figure that you’re looking for. It comes in many different styles but a high-waisted bike short might be the best for keeping a tummy (as well as hips and thighs) looking slimmer. Choose a control level–light, medium or firm–that gives you the look you want without causing you great discomfort or outright pain.

 

 

7. Reduce your intake of high-fiber foods.

Many high fiber foods, such as broccoli, beans, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, cause gas and bloating. Eliminate them from your diet during this week. When the week is over, gradually add them back one at a time. You might find that some bother your stomach more than others, and you can adjust your diet accordingly to get your fiber and keep your stomach flat.

  • Fight back against gas-producing foods by using Beano, which contains an enzyme that helps to break down complex sugars found in beans and cruciferous vegetables so that they can be digested more easily.

8. Choose potassium-rich foods.

Eat high potassium foods including avocado, mini bananas, papaya, mango, cantaloupe and nonfat yogurt (made without artificial sweeteners). Potassium is a natural diuretic, so it will help reduce water retention and puffiness.


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