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Forget fad diets or strenuous exercise. The best way to cut belly fat and bloating is the old fashioned way: snacking. Instead of smaller portions of fattening foods at breakfast lunch and dinner, try munching on some simple, healthy snacks throughout the day, washed down with the most natural of drinks. Here are 9, simple, delicious dishes and beverages that will keep you feeling full of energy – and melt the belly fat away in no time. Bon Appétit!
Iced Lemon Water
Drink a glass of iced lemon water first thing in the morning and before each meal for the lemon’s naturally diuretic properties. The cold water helps your digestion work harder, burning more calories and fat.
Cut Whole Oats
A bowl of whole oats for breakfast contains complex carbohydrates that take longer to digest. The longer digestion takes, the more calories are burned, helping to curb your hunger throughout the morning.
Snacking on vegetables like fresh celery fills the stomach and promotes fat burning digestion, with both soluble and insoluble fibers that stabilize blood sugar levels, while slowing carbohydrate absorption.
A somewhat exotic choice, Swiss Chard salads are nonetheless rich in potassium, which prevents water retention by balancing sodium levels.
The much more common cucumber is mostly water, but also rich in sulphur and silicon, two minerals that promote calorie burning.
Greek yogurt has double the amount of protein found in regular yogurt, causing the body to burn twice the protein, rather than digesting carbs. All yogurts contain bacteria which help digestion, reducing constipation-causing bloating and abdominal discomfort.
Raspberries and strawberries are lower in fructose and higher in fiber than juicier, sweeter fruits, preventing belly bloat and cutting belly fat more effectively. They also contain pigments which stop fat cells from increasing in size.
Watermelon contains an amino acid which decreases body fat. It’s another, tastier and more filling source of potassium, which balances mineral levels and reduces water retention.
Top off your bloat-free day with a refreshing glass of green tea, an ancient elixir known to speed up metabolism for hours after drinking. A natural diuretic, green tea reduces bloat and aids in digestion.