Finally! 5 Ways To Get A Flatter Tummy Without Going On A Diet

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Ever notice that some days you’re busting out of your last-resort jeans, while others you’re swanning around feeling like a total Slim Kim?

A lot of what we consider “belly fat” is often just the bloating that comes from bad digestion and trapped gas. Remove the causes of bloating, and you’ll soon notice a huge change in how you look and feel, especially around your stomach area.

The best part? You don’t need to start doing anything *terrifying* like halving your portion sizes or subsisting on green juice and seeds.

Try these non-diet related tips and you’ll soon see results.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
The first (and second, and third…) rule of bloat-free living is to always keep your body topped up with H2O. When our body is deprived of water, we tend to hold onto more of it as a survival mechanism. The less water retention you have going on, the less bloated and sluggish you’ll feel.

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Eat more slowly
Like, a lot more slowly. Us Irish are the worst culprits when it comes to making food disappear in seconds, meaning we’re putting a lot of strain on our digestive system. Not only that, but we end up gulping in excess air, which only leads to cramps and rumbles after a meal. Not good.

Be mindful of your core
Engaging your core as often as possible is oh-so important for building strong abdominal muscles. You don’t need to start spending half your lunch break doing crunches and leg raises, but there are other ways to bring abdominal work into your daily life. Like making sure you’re sitting up straight at your computer, for one.

Know that not all veggies are created equal
Yes, a giant green salad is a far better dinner option than a plate of chips, but if you’re on an anti-bloating mission, be cautious which veggies you include in your diet. Cruciferous veg like broccoli and Brussels sprouts can be hard for your digestive system to process. So cut out the broccoli for a few days and stick to spinach and other iron-rich options instead.

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Check out some natural bloat-busters
Asparagus, lemon juice and dandelion greens are your digestive system’s BFFs, so be sure to include some or all in your diet. A shot of apple cider vinegar every morning also works wonders (honest!) for a bloated tummy. Chase it with some juice to avoid feeling like you’ve just, well, downed a shot of vinegar.

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