1. Toss the Gum
Gums contain sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol that can cause bloating.
2. Adjust your Mindset
Shift your perspective a bit to best align with your new healthy eating plan.
3. Buy Beans & Fiber-Rich Carbs
Healthy fiber is what we call “prebiotic,” meaning it feeds the healthy bacteria and helps them fight inflammation and fat gain.
4. Buy some Candles
Consider burning a minty candle until you head to bed to fill the room with slimming smells. If you don’t want to bother with blowing out candles before you turn down the covers, try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your pillow.
5. Hit Up the Candy Store
Researchers say it has to do with the flavonoids, heart-healthy compounds in chocolate that have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
6. Shop for Eggs
Eggs are the number one source of choline, a fat-burning nutrient. They fire up your metabolism and they help turn off the genes for belly fat storage.
7. Fruits don’t Hurt
Bananas, apples, pears and oranges fare well as sweet snacks and should be kept on the counter where you can see them.
8. Get Rid of Empty Carbs
They are made up of starchy grains which are anything but healthy. Made with enriched flour instead of healthy whole grains, they are linked to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Plus, they lead to weight gain and make it more difficult to lose weight, too.
9. Go Green
Leafy greens give you folate, which blocks the genes that trigger fat-cell formation. Romaine lettuce, spinach, leaf lettuce and collard greens are some of the most potent sources of the flat-belly nutrient.
10. Buy Lean Meat & Fish
Protein is kryptonite to belly fat! When you eat protein, your body has to expend a lot of calories in digestion—about 25 calories for every 100 calories you eat (compared with only 10 to 15 calories for fats and carbs).
11. Hara Hachi Bu – eat until you are 80% full
Hara hachi bu is a Japanese expression that means “Eat until 80% full,” which, if you put the advice to practice at every meal, translates roughly to a 300 calorie-per-day saving for the average person.
12. Portion control
Portion control doesn’t mean you have to eat tiny portions of everything, you don’t want to feel like you’re on a diet, but you have to eat fewer calories.
13. Smoothies are the new soda!
Smoothies, perfect for breakfast or snack time, are supercharged with belly-flattening nutrients.
The key: each drink is packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber.
14. Favor Red Fruits
Research has begun to show that some fruits are actually better at fighting belly fat than others. And they all have one thing in common: they’re red, or at least reddish. Grapefruit, tart cherries, pink lady apples, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon and peaches all fit the bill and can help flatten your belly.
15. Take Time to Reflect
Remembering why you started your weight loss journey can help lift your spirits when you’re down and motivate you to stick with it when you want to throw in the towel. When you focus on all the good that will come from all of your hard work it’s easier to stay on track.
16. Toss Processed Snacks
Processed snacks filled with saturated fats, sugar, refined grains and harmful chemicals and are some of the biggest weight loss saboteurs!
17. No soda.
Soda, both diet and regular, have absolutely no nutritional benefits and may even have serious health implications.
18. Ditch the Margarine
You know that light yellow color that makes margarine look almost indistinguishable from butter when laid side by side? Well, it’s far from natural. In fact, without all the additives, margarine is actually an appetite-crushing shade of grey—yuck!
19. Amp Up Your Workout
To chisel your newly trim stomach into the rippled abs you’ve always wanted, you have to amp up the intensity of your workout.
20. Upload a New Playlist
Fast-paced, motivational music that include phrases like “push it,” “I believe,” and “work it” can help you move faster and subconsciously motivates you to keep at it, which will supercharge your weight loss progress.