flat belly

 

If you thought crunches were the answer to getting a flat belly, it’s definitely time for you to think again. While abdominal workouts are an important part of keeping your belly flat, there are other things you can, and should be, doing to reduce bloat and bulge in your midsection. Keep reading to find out flat(er) belly secrets that really will help keep you trim and slim.

 

Reduce Stress

Anxiety and stress aren’t just health issues of the mind, they affect other parts of your body as well, and your stomach is one of the hardest hit. Stress and anxiety produce extra cortisol, which is a hormone that encourages your body to store fat. According to Jacob Seidell, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Public Health in the Netherlands, cortisol not only prompts the body to store fat, but it seems to direct this fat straight to your stomach. Take time every day to do deep-belly breathing. Inhale for a count of five, then exhale for a count of 10 and try to do this for at least five minutes every day.

 

Practice Good Posture

Turns out, your mom had some pretty good reasons for telling you to sit up straight, and one of those is that you can instantly look slimmer. Experts say that the simple act of standing tall can instantly make you appear up to five pounds lighter. You also want to avoid slumping in your chair, because this will accentuate and exaggerate the appearance of your stomach making you look heavier than you are.

 

Write it Down

There are certain foods and ingredients that are common bloat culprits like sugar and sodium, but you may have some other triggers that can cause your stomach to appear puffy. Patricia Bannan, author of Eat When the Time is Right, suggests keeping a food journal to keep track of what you are actually eating. She also recommends taking your journaling a bit further by writing down how your stomach is feeling after you eat to try and figure out if there are any foods that trigger your stomach to swell or bloat.


When it comes to having a flat belly, you know that eating well and exercising are crucial, but there are other things you can do to keep your stomach flat. Include fresh produce, fiber and whole grains in your diet, drink plenty of water and use the above tips to get a flat(er) belly.