The abdomen is one of the parts of our body that most concerns us. We all want to have a flat stomach and remove abdominal fat. Physical exercise, however, does not do the job on its own. Diet also plays a very important role.
It is very important to bear in mind that to acquire a perfect body, starting to get in shape a few months before the beginning of summer is simply not good enough. Constancy is the key to success. That’s why it’s so important to feel good about yourself and take care of yourself every single month of the year, even after pulling out the winter sweaters and with Christmas just around the corner.
That is why we’re offering you some simple guidelines on how to achieve a flat tummy and a healthy lifestyle:
- Drink plenty of water. It is extremely important to hydrate all year round, but above all in summer. Drinking lots of water helps our body to more efficiently remove fluid. Because, when our body lacks water, it is taken from wherever it can be found, which can cause digestive wastes to dry out and harden, making their passage through the intestine eternal and their excretion somewhat complicated. To avoid such a situation, it is necessary to consume plenty of water, juices or soups; liquids in general.
- Farewell to bubbles. Say goodbye to sparkling drinks and bubbly refreshments. It is important to put aside any carbonated drinks, from soft drinks to beer, because they contain gas, and besides making you feel uncomfortable, they cause visible swelling. Do not drink with a straw either, because when you do, you always swallow a little air.
- Reduce your salt intake. It is true that this mineral enhances the flavour of food, but it also encourages fluid retention. This doesn’t mean you have to resort to eating bland food, but instead you need to re-educate your palate and learn how to replace salt with spices. Pepper or oregano are good substitutes.
- Infusions. Great for aiding digestion, they also have more appealing and appetising flavours than water. They are an ideal alternative for women who find it difficult to drink water. The best infusion? Green tea. Another great alternative is to brew slices of ginger and add a small cinnamon stick.
- Be careful with fibre. Admittedly, to promote intestinal transit, it is necessary to ingest fibre, but in excess, it complicates the digestive process and causes inflammation. For example, pulses are foods that are very rich in fibre, but they also contain polysaccharides that are difficult to digest and cannot be easily absorbed by the body. When our stomach has difficulty in carrying out its task, it causes inflammation which translates into abdominal swelling. To avoid this, the best option is to eat well cooked pulses, or even without skin or pureed.
- Magnesium and menstruation. As a rule, more fluids are retained in the days before menstruation, and as doctors have revealed, there is a natural antidote: magnesium, which keeps hormonal changes at bay. It can be found in nuts, green vegetables and whole grains.
- Chew slowly. Nowadays, due to lack of time, we usually eat too quickly, while on our feet, and whatever we can get our hands on. What we tend to forget is that digestion starts in the mouth and failing to eat properly can overload the stomach and cause bloating. From a professional standpoint, we emphasise that the appropriate way is to chew between 15 and 30 seconds per bite. Furthermore, by swallowing and eating recklessly, we engulf air, which also causes swelling. You know, a closed mouth catches no flies. Nor any air bubbles.
- Exercise. Some form of physical exercise is important, whether it’s running, working out at the gym, or simply going for a walk. It is important to know that the more your digestive system moves, the better your entire intestinal cycle works. According to several studies, exercising before breakfast has positive effects on your figure, so a 30-minute walk every morning will help you achieve a flat stomach. After exercising, women are advised to do hypopressive abdominal exercises to avoid damaging the pelvic floor.