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Want a Flatter Belly?

Americans are obsessed with their bellies. In fact, the waist-to-hip ratio among men and women has become a greater concern to health professionals. Here are a few things you can do to work toward a flatter belly:

Foods and Beverages

  • Drink more water, eat less salt and sugar.
  • Avoid foods that cause gas and bloating such as highly processed foods, cured meats, sulfur dioxide, and nitrites.
  • Cut down or cut out soda-- diet and regular.
  • Ditch the lattes and cappuccinos. Drink coffee with non-fat fresh creamer and Stevia instead.
  • Learn to love fresh and frozen veggies -either raw or steamed- naked! (Not you, the veggies!)
  • Eat smaller meals spread out through your day.
  • Avoid snacks over 200 calories.
  • Pitch the junk food and avoid the fast food lane!
  • Cut your carbs in half if you are a carb lover.
  • Eat more lean protein such as turkey, chicken, and cold-water fish.
  • Pack your own lunch.
  • Eat dinner at home at your dining table.

Exercise and Posture
  • Stand up straight with your shoulders back and your belly pulled up and in. Now BREATHE that way!
  • Lift weights.
  • Do fewer crunches and more totally body core-focused exercises.
  • Do interval training and HIIT training if you are physically able to handle it. Ask your doctor first!
  • Take up Pilates.
  • Try a class or exercise group you've never done before.
  • Take up swimming or water aerobics.
  • Take a spinning class-- not yarn or tales, group cycling.

Other Things
  • Read your Bible and pray daily to reduce stress and focus better.
  • Get fresh air.
  • Spend time with family and friends other than eating.
  • Wear clothing that fits correctly rather than tightly or super baggy.
  • Measure your waist weekly.

May God bless you!

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