7 Foods to a Post-Baby Slimmer Stomach
You’ve likely heard the saying that great abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, and it’s true. All the crunches in the world won’t make much difference to your midsection if you’re not practicing smart nutrition.
As a mom of two young children, I understand how great the desire can be to reclaim one’s midsection after nine months of pregnancy – and to part with the deflated balloon look and stretch marks, in case anyone up there is listening. While time and patience are your greatest allies here, eating the right foods can speed up your metabolism and burn stubborn belly fat faster:
Most varieties are packed with fiber, which traps food particles and moves them out of your system before they’re fully digested – meaning you absorb fewer calories from your food. They’re also high in antioxidants, which help protect against diseases and improves blood flow, helping muscles contract more efficiently during a workout.
Aim for a cup a day for lean abs. Bonus points if you mix them with low-fat yogurt and almonds – two of the other foods on this list – for maximum fat burn!
Eggs are some of the best foods for lean abs since they’re high in protein, which helps build muscle, burn fat and keep you full longer, so you’re full throughout the day.
3. Almonds (and other nuts)
Rich in protein and fiber, nuts help to stabilize your blood sugar and curb your cravings. Almonds are also a good source of magnesium, which helps your body to produce energy, build and maintain muscle, and regulate blood sugar, to help prevent cravings that can lead to over-eating.
4. Low-fat Yogurt
According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, "people who get their calcium from yogurt rather than other sources, may lose more weight around their midsections." The probiotic bacteria in many yogurts help regulate your digestive system and reduce gas, bloating and constipation.
5. Beans and legumes
Beans are low in fat and packed with protein, fiber, and iron, which are crucial for losing weight and building muscle. Try replacing a few of your meat-heavy meals with legume-based dishes each week. There are some excellent recipes online for bean burgers, meatless chili (use quinoa to add texture and protein) and hearty stews.
Have it for breakfast, before a workout, or at night to stave off hunger, so you don’t binge at 10 at night. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, meaning, it stays in your stomach longer and attracts fluid, making you feel full.
7. Spinach and other leafy greens
Kale, spinach and dark lettuce are considered nutritional powerhouses
thanks to their high nutrient content, fiber and antioxidants. The fiber and high water content helps you feel full while ingesting minimal calories. Don’t like the taste? Mix them with other ab-slimming foods: in an omelet, hidden in a sauce or legume-based dish or even blended into a yogurt and berry smoothie!
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