Abs are built in the gym but revealed in the kitchen, and while there are no magic foods that are going to give you six pack abs, there are some foods that you can avoid that will help give you a flatter stomach.
To minimize bloating and keep your tummy flatter and tighter, you may want to avoid these four foods.
1. Soda and alcohol.
This should be a no brainer… really. First, the carbonation in soda and beer can lead to excess air in the stomach and cause belly distention. Second, soda and alcohol can be dehydrating, which can actually cause your body to retain more water, making you feel bloated and puffy.
Lastly, both soda and alcohol are full of empty calories, lead to inflammation, and contribute to excess belly fat. If you want a tighter, more toned stomach, you’ll want to eliminate these from your diet.
2. Garlic, beans, and certain vegetables
Vegetables are a staple in any healthy diet, but some vegetables, as well as beans and legumes, can give you a bloated belly. These foods are high in fiber and sometimes more difficult for the body to break down.
I don’t recommend completely avoiding these foods, but eat them in moderation. Assess your own personal tolerance to see how much of them you can eat without feeling gassy and uncomfortable. If you are going out and you want your belly to look particularly flat and lean avoid eating garlic, beans, onions, broccoli, brussel sprouts and other dense veggies.
If you’re feeling bloated and frustrated because you don’t know why your belly always looks so full, you might be chewing too much gum. First off, gum chewing can lead to extra air intake which will make your belly stick out.
Plus, the artificial sweeteners in gum tend to cause bloating in many people. This also applies to any drinks, protein powders and bars, pre-workouts, etc. that are sweetened with sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners. If you want a flatter belly you’ll need to avoid these items as much as possible.
4. Deli meats.
Deli meats are extremely high in sodium, can cause you to retain water which, again, is the enemy of a flat belly. In addition to these processed meats, canned foods, packaged meals, microwave dinners, fast-food, and restaurant meals can all pack nearly a day’s worth of sodium. These items should be eaten in moderation, and if you do indulge be sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water which can help flush out the extra sodium and keep you from feeling too bloated.
There is no secret to a flat stomach and getting six pack abs requires a lot of hard work in the gym and diligence in the kitchen. However, these are just a few things you can avoid eating that can help your stomach appear leaner overnight.
If you want more help working to shed belly fat and get a tighter toned stomach, sign up for my FREE 30 Day Ab Challenge!