Health | September 14th 2015



Achieving a flat tummy usually takes a healthy dose of a few key ingredients—care and attention being two of the critical ones. In addition to your exercise routine, however, there are certain foods that can help you in your fat-fighting journey and prevent you from bloating. Whether you need a quick pick-me-up or long-term fix, here are 10 foods that will help you achieve that flat tummy when paired with an overall healthy lifestyle.



Packed with anti-bloating potassium and high water content, you can definitely get away with eating plenty of cantaloupe. Plus, it’s a filling snack that’s low in calories and easy to digest. That all combines to make cantaloupe a great option with which to start your day.

Leafy Greens


Leafy greens like kale and spinach are super low-calorie foods that are bursting with fibre, which are two attributes that help ease water retention and bring down bloating. Greens can also help to move processed, bloating foods through your system more quickly.


Introducing artichokes into your diet will help you maintain a flat tummy in the long-term by assisting your digestive system. With the 7 grams of fibre found in one medium-sized artichoke (making up 30 percent of your recommended daily intake), this superfood will help you feel fuller longer.

Fatty Fish


Healthy fats are super hot right now, particularly when you realize that they don’t necessarily translate to belly fat! Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are structural, non-storage fats that actually help with weight loss. Talk about fat fighting fat.



Because they are natural diuretics, munching on some cucumbers will help keep you slim by ridding you of any excess water weight you might be carrying. Cucumbers are also super low in calories, so they’re fit for both short- and long-term flat tummies!



Fight belly-bloating by adding potassium-rich tomatoes into your daily diet. Potassium fights sodium, which is one of the main causes of belly bloat. What’s more, a large tomato only contains about 33 calories, making it an easy, healthy choice for anyone looking to reduce belly fat.



Low in sodium and high in water content, eggplant will help your body flush out extra fluids to make your stomach appear flatter. Fiber-rich and calorie-poor, these purple pals will help you maintain your lean, mean, flat tummy.



Get a healthy intake of non-bloating protein by adding a handful of almonds to your diet. Stick with natural, organic almonds, and limit yourself to a one-ounce serving per day to help you feel full between meals without resorting to the snack machine.



To achieve a long-term flat belly, consider eating two eggs for breakfast each day. Introducing this protein-packed food into your daily routine can keep you feeling fuller longer, which will help you avoid binge eating throughout the day.

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Contrary to what you might think, drinking plenty of water will help you to de-bloat by flushing out excess sodium—and adding a touch of lemon will soothe your digestive system.

Now that you’re in the know, feel free to snack away on these 10 belly-flattening foods. What you’ll soon see is that you can actually eat your way to the body of your dreams, as long as you do it right!

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