I admit it I used to be a sucker for all those flat abs diet books. I was fascinated okay . . . obsessed with having flat abs. Even though I was a thin girl I didn't have a tight mid-section. I didn't necessarily have to look like I ate a tortoise with a seriously compartmentalized mid-section. After some research I came to the conclusion that exercise isn't the only component to having a flat stomach. Here are some other things that need to happen in order to create great abdominals:
Good Digestion. With the help of enzymes and probiotics, abs remain flat instead of puffy and bloated. Probiotics work by infusing the colon with "good" bacteria that fight yeasts, viruses, and the "bad" bacteria. With age, the body loses its ability to produce enzymes. Digestive enzymes help break down food so that the nutrients can be absorbed properly.
Eat "greens and proteins". The best diet for abs is really a diet filled with "greens and proteins". But one rule, those common high-protein body builder diets don't have a lot of fiber. Constipation is usually an uncomfortable side effect. I suggest the addition of low-carb greens to boost fiber and nutrient content.
Practice Mindful Eating. Eat only when hungry and don't use food as entertainment. You will be amazed at how little you really need to eat without distractions like the television.
Don't Get Constipated. As I mentioned before, eat plenty of fiber. You also might want to add magnesium-based foods to you diet or magnesium supplements. Magnesium rich foods include dark chocolate, black beans, halibut, peanuts (if not allergic), tofu and broccoli.
Curb Those Sugar Cravings. Consuming sugar is very bloating. Eat low-glycemic foods like non-starchy vegetables. I love to roast mushrooms, eggplant and red bell peppers. Also frozen cherries straight out of the freezer make for a great low-glycemic fruit snack.
Drink Green Tea. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking green tea can boost your metabolism and burn fat. 3-4 cups a day is all you need if you drink more than that you could rob your body of iron and B vitamins.
Feed Your Thyroid to Boost Your Metabolism
. Eat sea veggies like dulse, kombu, arame and nori. As well as other iodine rich foods
like cod, shrimp, haddock, eggs, fish oils, yogurt, and greens like spinach, swiss chard and turnip greens.
. A recent New York Times article
suggests that self-compassion can influence how much we eat and may help some people lose weight. In this article Jean Fain, a psychotherapist and teaching associate at Harvard Medical School and author of The Self-Compassion Diet said, "Self-compassion is the missing ingredient in every diet and weight-loss plan. Most plans revolve around self-discipline, deprivation and neglect." I guess self-criticism is so last season.