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Quick fixes for a flattened belly

Are you too lazy to put on your running shoes and hit the gym? Does thinking about a crash diet give you goosebumps? Worry not! Here are few tips that can help you shed belly fat and look slimmer almost instantly.

Exercise & Fitness By Vasudha BhatDec 11, 2014

The Dream!

Flat belly is what most us dream about; however, spending hours in the gym doing crunches and cardio and following a strict diet may not be an option for many. But, the good news is that you can flatten your belly almost immediately and still wear your "too lazy to workout’’ t-shirt proudly. Erin Palinski, RD and certified personal trainer says, “your stomach is the one part of your body that reacts quickly to dietary changes—good and bad. If you want to look thinner fast, avoid gassy veggies, chewing gum, salt, carbonated beverages, and any foods with sugar alcohols”. So, following are some instant fixes for a flatter belly and a slimmer you.

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Stand Straight

A certified strength and conditioning specialist in San Luis Obispo, CA, Deborah L. Mullen says that when you stand straight and tall it makes you look up to 5 pounds slimmer. To make it a habit, try Pilates. A 6-months long pilot study showed that 18 chronic back pain sufferers benefitted from Pilates tremendously. It turned out to be one of the best ways to improve posture and strengthen your abs and back muscles.

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Use Belly Flattening Clothes

What you choose to wear plays a significant role in hiding your belly. While choosing the fabric make sure you avoid lightweight knits, Lycra and other such fabrics that attract attention on your bulging belly. Instead, go for woven fabrics like woven cotton, silk or rayon blends. Choose dresses in which you can show off your arms and legs which will draw the attention away from the midsection. Use wrap dresses that create a waistline and show off a beautiful neck and bust.

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Avoid Soda

Swapping your soda bottle with a glass of water is always a good idea, especially when you want to sink in your belly. The bubbles present in carbonated drinks can poof up your belly instantly. So, the next time you feel thirsty, drink plain tap water and make sure that you drink at least eight glasses in a day. Another option to quench your thirst in a delicious way is to mix ingredients like ginger in your water which can soothe your GI tract.

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Eat more Whole Grains and Proteins

Instead of eating refined carbohydrates, choose whole grains. This wise choice will not only keep you healthy but it will also help you lose the unwanted belly fat, says a study from Pennsylvania State University. In the study, dieters who ate whole grains were able to lose more than twice as much abdominal fat as those who did not eat. The primary reason behind this is that whole grains reduce the production of insulin, the hormone responsible for encouraging fat storage helping shedding belly fat.

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Eat Watermelon for Dessert

A study in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that the amino acid arginine found in watermelon can promote weight loss. The diets of obese mice were supplemented with arginine by the researchers for 3 months. It was found that doing so decreased the body fat gains by 64 percent. The presence of this amino acid in the diet can enhance the oxidation of fat and glucose and increase lean muscle, which burns more calories than fat does. During summer eat watermelon and in other seasons you can choose other sources of arginine like seafood, nuts and seeds.

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Add Vinegar to your Diet

The compound in vinegar that gives it its sour taste and strong odour may fight fat, claims a new study which was presented at the meeting of Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science. A study was conducted on 175 overweight Japanese men and women who consumed a drink containing either 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily for 12 weeks had significantly lower body weight, BMI, visceral fat and waist circumference than the control group that did not have vinegar.

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Eat Slowly

When we are under stress, we tend to gulp down even healthy food. According to a research, this behaviour has been linked to bigger portions and more belly fat. When you eat slowly, savour every bite and pay attention to the feelings of fullness it can decrease the cortisol levels and the amount of food you consume. This helps shifting the distribution of fat away from the belly.

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