10 Ways To Shrink Your Belly Fat This Week

Gained a few pounds over the holidays? These belly-busting tips will help you lose the belly fat (and belly bloat!) and squeeze into that tight dress by Friday night or look better in your bathing suit just in time for your vacation.

1. Eat slowly
Chew foods carefully. Very carefully. The more work your mouth does, the less your digestive system has to do. Undigested food in your system and slow elimination (read constipation) are common reasons for belly-bloat.

2. Avoid wheat and all wheat-containing foods
Instead, eat rice and quinoa as your main starches.

3. Skip the sodiumThe slightest bit of sodium can lead to a full-body swell. Read food labels carefully and avoid any foods containing more than 200mg of sodium, and steer clear of the salt shaker. Instead, beef up your intake of potassium, a natural diuretic.

Read more about the dangers of too much salt

4. Skip the starch at dinner
Instead, combine protein with veggies. Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, couscous – starchy foods cause water retention and are best eaten in the hours before a sweaty work out.

5. Steam your greens
Raw vegetables can cause bloating in some people. Lightly steam kale, spinach, Swiss chard, or other greens and drizzle with lemon and some olive oil.

Read more about leafy green vegetables

6. Steer clear of gas-forming foods
Beans, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and soy are common culprits.

7. Avoid dairy products
Many people don’t realize they’re lactose intolerant and suffer with bloating, gas, and even diarrhea daily. Shun ALL dairy products for a week – milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese. When you re-introduce it, you’ll know right away whether or not it’s a cause of your bloat. 

8. Take a B complex vitamin
The supplement gives you a fantastic energy boost and triggers your body’s fat-burning mechanisms.

9. Drink green tea
Its EGCG/caffeine combination is a proven fat-burner, and it works fast.

10. Sweat
It doesn’t matter how you do it - of course, exercise is preferred, but if you hate to move, sit in a sauna, steam room, or at the beach on a hot day.


Image: Robert McDon.

By Lisa Tsakos| March 16, 2014
Categories:  Eat
Keywords:  EatWeight Management

About the Author

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches.

Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.

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