Eating more consciously will absolutely have a massive impact on your body weight as well as the health of your hair, skin, and nails!
Eating a high amount of fibre and healthy lean proteins in your diet will have you on your way to a flat stomach. Soluble fibre makes you feel fuller and thus prevents over eating. It also helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels as it takes time for the body to digest. Insoluble fibre has a laxative effect on the body and helps to keep your system regular, reducing bloating.
I have experienced these benefits even more now that I am participating in a Vegan challenge. I have seen a massive reduction in bloating, which I often experienced with dairy consumption, and am also very regular. Below are a few options to help increase your fibre intake.
Sources of soluble fibre: oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots
Sources of insoluble fibre: whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, barley, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, grapes, fruit, and root vegetable skins.
It does not matter which fibre you eat unless you are looking for a specific benefit like maintaining blood sugar levels. Aim to eat as much leafy greens, whole grains, and root vegetables as you can in your diet to keep your body regular and your tummy flat!
However, reducing bloating is not the same as reducing actual fat around the midsection. You must make healthy eating and fitness an important part of your lifestyle to improve your percentage of body fat. It takes time and energy but feeling your best is absolutely worth it!
I am participating in the Own Your Body Fitness Challenge to help reduce my body fat percentage from 20% to 17% and using a healthy diet and intense fitness journey to do it!