Whether you’re looking for exercises to tighten your core or the right foods to help diminish weight around your stomach—we’re here to help get your body looking its best right in time for swimsuit season. By incorporating these healthy eats into your diet, you’ll be on track to a flatter belly in no time.
See how each item prevents bloating and promotes a trim midsection.
Avocados are loaded with potassium, which is a key player in ridding your body of excess sodium and, therefore, shedding water weight. The fruit also is high in soluble fiber and healthy fats, which help us feel fuller on smaller portions. Spread half a ripe avocado on a piece of whole-grain toast for a super satisfying breakfast, or try Kourt’s signature salad for lunch.
This spicy root is one of the oldest known natural tummy cures, and for good reason. High in a digestive enzyme called zingibain, ginger is extremely effective in breaking down protein and accelerating the digestive process. It’s also known for being a powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory food—in other words, all-around beneficial for your gut. Try brewing a homemade tea by chopping up a handful of peeled ginger, and brewing it in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.
The popular summer fruit is refreshing thanks to its dense water content (nearly 90 percent). Snacking on watermelon is an excellent way to regulate salt levels and flush out the excess water you may be holding onto (a.k.a. bloat) due to dehydration. Cut up a few refrigerated slices and eat your heart out.
Tomatoes are packed with the antioxidant lycopene, which is known to have extremely effective anti-inflammatory and de-bloating effects. You can roast tomatoes in the oven until they blister for a super easy and tasty side dish to just about any meal.
Most commonly consumed as oatmeal (the gluten-free breakfast of champions), oats balance the bacteria in your gut. This is known as a prebiotic effect, which improves your digestive system and works wonders to reduce bloat. You can even try incorporating oats into your next baking session as a healthy (sweet) treat.