(BlackDoctor.org) — Why bother sucking it in? Especially when there are better, and more effective ways to shrink that tummy down.
Here are just some of our surprising expert tips to help you shed inches and pounds, banish the bloat, and feel even more gorgeous. Hello, skinny jeans and summer shorts!
Enjoy An Afternoon Snack
“You must eat a snack that contains protein between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Go for a protein bar, a piece of low-fat cheese, or some almonds with an organic apple.
No matter what, do not miss that snack. It’s important because it boosts metabolism and balances blood sugar. The lower you keep your blood sugar, the lower you keep your insulin, and insulin makes you store fat around your middle. Eating every three to four hours will keep your blood sugar even, but many people tend to go five or six hours between lunch and dinner without eating.”
–Natasha Turner, naturopathic doctor, author of The Hormone Diet
“My No. 1 tip: Do the ball exchange three times a week. Lay flat on your back with your arms above your head and legs straight out. Start with a stability ball above your head in your hands. Bring the ball up above your chest as you bring your legs up to meet the ball and place it between your ankles. Bring the ball back down to the floor with your legs and straighten your arms back out over your head.
Repeat the ball exchange 10 to 12 times, remembering to keep your lower back pressed into the floor as you do this move.”
–LaReine Chabut, author of Exercise Balls for Dummies
Take Time To Chew
“Chewing is the No. 1 tip I give to prevent bloating. Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested. Better-digested food means less gas and bloating.”
–Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet