Guest Contributor: Isadora Baum
With warmer temperatures approaching, we’re getting closer to swimsuits and crop tops. It’s a given that belly bloat can make us feel not-so-great, when we should be feeling sexy and confident. Yet, by staying hydrating and eating slimming foods, we can feel comfortable and carefree.
Look for foods that contain a large percentage of water to de-puff the skin, and add fresh lemon, lime, coconut, or cucumbers to your glass to provide a boost of flavor and alkalizing properties to keep tummy troubles and inflammation at bay.
Here are five slimming foods to banish the gut and keep you feeling energized, light, and happy.
Low in calories and high in water content, this juicy, summer staple is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth and for providing enough volume to fill you up, not out. It’s also great after a run outside, as its source of the amino acid L-citrulline, can relax sore muscles and speed recovery.
Packed with vitamins A and C, cucumbers are extremely low in calories (1 cup sliced clocks in at 14 calories!) and incredibly versatile due to its neutral, yet refreshing flavor. Its high collagen content also keeps skin healthy and prevents puffiness. Toss it in water or spiralize into noodles for a light “pasta” dish.
Due to beneficial, gut-promoting bacterial strains in Greek yogurt, your gut gets a major trim down. The bacteria also prevent stomach pains and keep your bowels regular. Toss berries and almonds on top for additional slimming benefits- a 2015 study in The Journal of The American Heart Association shows that eating almonds can aid in weight loss, especially of tummy fat.
While I’m not a fan of the grapefruit fad diet, implementing this healthy citrus into your diet is definitely beneficial for long-term weight maintenance. Grapefruit is low in calories, high in bromelain, found to target cellulite, and an excellent appetite suppressant. It also curbs cravings through its scent, so try carrying around the essential oil in your purse for emergencies!
Eating healthy fats can help you shed fat. Yet, when healthy fats taste so damn good, we can’t really complain! The high omega 3 content keeps skin taut and reduces inflammation. Omega 3s are also found in walnuts and olives, and hemp
About Isadora Baum
A freelance writer and editor and a certified health coach, Isadora Baum is a major foodie, doggie-lover, Greek yogurt fanatic and expert sampler. She loves trying new health foods, coaching clients towards achieving their goals, writing creatively across a variety of industries, and enjoying a Malbec with friends. For health tips, visit http://liveforyounow.com and for writing info, visit http://isadorabaum.com.
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