Flat stomach foods: 10 to eat now

Francesca Rice
Francesca Rice

With bikini season fast approaching, try these 10 flat stomach foods now...

Summer is officially on its way - the sun is shining, our flip flops have made their first outing and we've even started buying in the Pimms for BBQ season.

With mere months to go before peak bikini season hits, we round up the best gut-friendly foods to introduce into your diet for Summer. The result? More energy and a flatter stomach by June!

Green vegetables

'Eating plenty of greens will help by keeping your bowels moving. We're not talking starchy high sugar vegetables, like potatoes, carrots and parsnips, more broccoli, green beans and kale,' says nutritionist Lorna Driver-Davies from NutriCentre

Wholemeal bread

'Avoid quick release carbs, which will raise your blood sugar quickly then make it plummet again. This happens because your body releases adrenaline and cortisol to stabilise things, which both contribute to fat around your middle. Swap to wholegrain alternatives that release energy slowly,' says nutritionist Dr.Marilyn Glenville

Healthy Fats

'Getting enough "good oils" in your diet is key for reducing bloating, as they help keep your bowels moving by lubricating your stools. Aim for loads of Omega 3, avocado, flax oil, olive oil and nuts,' says Lorna Driver-Davies. 


'This good quality protein slows down the rate that the stomach processes food and delays the passage of the carbohydrates through it.  As soon as you add a protein (be it animal or vegetable) to a carbohydrate, you change it into a slower releasing carbohydrate, that will keep your sugar levels steady and energy up,' says Dr Marilyn Glenville. 


'If you do only one thing, cut your sugar, as this prevents bad bacteria from over-growing in your gut. Instead add cinnamon to your latte or porridge. It's only great for digestion, anti-fungal - and will keep your sugar cravings at bay,' says Lorna Driver-Davies. 


'Research has shown that leucine, one the essential amino acids found in eggs, can help with weight loss by stabilising blood sugar levels and encouraging the body to shed fat,' says Dr Marilyn Glenville. 


'Celery helps flatten your stomach because it's an excellent diuretic as a result of its high potassium content, which makes it great for limiting water retention,' says Lorna Driver-Davies. 


'Adding walnuts to your diet will help maintain your ideal weight over time, as they contain fats that help  boost  your metabolism,' says Dr Marilyn Glenville. 


'Eating probiotic-rich foods is essential to help flatten your stomach by keeping your good bacteria levels up to maximum, thus banishing bloating. You should try live yoghurts and fermented foods, including sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and miso,' says Lorna Driver-Davies. 


'Certain herbs, such as peppermint and ginger, genuinely aid the digestive system. This is important because if your body isn't digesting food properly, your whole system can get out of balance, contributing to bloating,' says Lorna Driver-Davies. 



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Friday 29 July