IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BELLY

With swimsuit season here already and summer just a few weeks away, many of us are wondering what we can do to keep our bellies (aka abs) looking their best.  Here are a few tips that are great for not just summer but any time of the year.

Top “flat belly” foods:

  • Almonds – block calories and reduces the absorption of fat
  • Eggs – high protein keeps you full
  • Edamame (soybeans) – high protein (even more than tofu)
  • Apples/Pears – fiber and water keeps you full and also hydrated
  • Berries – helps improve blood flow and muscles contract more efficiently
  • Leafy greens (kale, spinach, broccoli, arugula) – fuels workouts and contains calcium
  • Yogurt – helps digestion and bloating
  • Veggie soup – good way to get daily veggies and keeps you full
  • Salmon – Omega 3 fats boost metabolism
  • Quinoa – helps burn fat

Also, if you really want to boost that lean and flat belly, check out this “30 Day Plank Challenge” as well.

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Of course there is no way to really spot reduce any part of your body but eating a good variety of the healthy ab friendly foods and exercising is a good way to be overall healthy, tone and have a healthy and happy summer.

Paula Jamieson

Certified Fitness Trainer & Fitness Nutritionist

 

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