Drink Your Way To A Flat Belly

The rains are gradually fading away. The dry season is setting in, and of course, perspiration is increasing. One definite way to combat it? Stay hydrated!

Being well-hydrated is not only for countering the humidity and warm temperatures that accompany the incoming season, but also very essential for good health. Consuming water is necessary to keep the body’s systems functioning properly.

Staying hydrated is also significant to weight loss. Water retention is one of the leading causes of bloated tummies, but with plenty of water intake, this is curbed, and your body maintains proper fluid balance. Drinking lots of water also increases the feeling of fullness, so you eat less.

Rather than drink plain water (which can be very boring), smoothies and flavoured water are a guilt-free way to hydrate - as long as you don't load them up with artificial ingredients. Having a smoothie for breakfast helps you start your day hydrated. With a glass of smoothie, you won't need to sip on water. Plus, you're delivering loads of nutrition to your body from the fresh fruits and other wholesome foods. If that's not enough, many of these readily available foods have shown to help diminish belly fat. So combining these super ingredients together is more like killing many birds with just a stone, right?

Fruits for flat belly

Lemon and lime are common fat burners but let's have a look at more fruits and other foods you can indulge in for a significant reduction in your tummy fats.

Exceptionally high in phytonutrients - lycopene (effective fat burning and cancer-fighting antioxidant) and arginine (an amino acid that works in decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass), Watermelon ranks high on the list of fat burners. Made up of about 90% water, watermelon works efficiently in keeping you hydrated, checking fluid retention and bloating.

Another highly recommended belly fat blaster is Peppermint. Do you know that peppermint helps your stomach process fat, while also enhancing quick digestion of any fatty food you eat?

Loaded with bromelain, an enzyme that helps break down protein, ease digestion, and banish bloat, you should make the most of the Pineapple which is another superfruit.  

Polyphenols called catechins abound in Green Tea. This nutrient increases your body's ability to burn fat (especially abdominal fats).

Tomatoes are not called nature's secret weapon against fat just for fun. Why? They're brimming with fatty acid substances that lower lipids in the blood and helps control belly fat. And of course, they contain lycopene too.

Nuts come highly recommended on the list of fat burning foods. Walnuts, almonds, cashew, peanuts and even coconuts contain fibre, healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which keep you feeling satisfied and aid in melting belly fat.

Anthocyanins are super antioxidant flavonoids found in high quantity in berries, cherries, grapes and apples. These nutrients have a high potency in inhibiting fat cells while also speeding up your body's metabolism, thus enhancing fat burning. Mangoes, pears and bananas also possess anthocyanins.

Is stomach fat burning fruits? Cucumber, oranges and kiwi. Oats, spinach, greek yoghurt, flax seeds, ginger, cinnamon are other foods that work effectively in burning abdominal fats. Include them also in your refreshing smoothies. There are so many fruit choices to combine; drink up and in no time you'll have killer abs to flaunt!